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Texas county gun show shuts down rather than implement background checks

A gun show held about once a month near Austin ends in January after county commissioners and the show management failed to come to terms over a county demand for federal background checks on all gun sales. The Saxet Gun Shows in Travis County have been held in the county’s…

U.S. employment commission: Some criminal background checks are racist

The U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC) filed lawsuits on Tuesday alleging that automaker BMW and budget grocery store chain Family Dollar discriminated against African American employees and applicants by denying them work based upon the results of criminal background checks. The agency said in an advisory that while background…

Obama eyes ‘common sense’ US gun control

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama says it’s time for US lawmakers to tackle the divisive issue of gun control in hopes of preventing tragedies like the Tucson shooting spree that killed six people. In an opinion column published Sunday in the Arizona Daily Star, the main Tucson newspaper, Obama…

Exclusive: 2 million mentally ill people missing from national gun check system

The issue of gun control leapt back into the national discourse in the wake of January’s Tucson massacre. But one of the most shocking gaps in the effort to prevent people prohibited by law from purchasing firearms continues to fly beneath the radar. Records of at least two million dangerously…

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