After the Sandy Hook school shooting that killed 26, gun enthusiasts rushed to buy millions of firearms, driven by fears that the episode would spark new gun legislation. Those restrictions never became a reality, but a new study concludes that all the additional guns caused a significant jump in accidental firearm deaths.
One surprising source of criticism of the gun-rights bill approved by the House is conservative legal scholars and pundits, many of whom believe the bill rests on a shaky constitutional foundation and will invite a court challenge should it be enacted.
The House is expected to approve a bill that would improve the background check system for weapons purchases and allow gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines. Critics say the measure that combines a popular issue with a controversial one won’t clear Congress.
Two months after a Las Vegas shooter killed 58 people, the firearms agency is starting a review to determine if it can regulate bump stocks that the gunman used to convert his weapons into machine guns.
The lapses could allow people to puchase weapons illegally. From 2015 to 2016, the Pentagon Inspector General says the services did not submit 601, or 24 percent, of required 2,502 fingerprint reports on those convicted of serious crimes.
Prohibited firearms sales often go through because a background check on buyers can’t be done in the required 72 hours. In such cases, agents are sent to take the guns back, a potentially dangerous job.
Pennsylvania led the five states which recorded the largest number of denials, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics study of national data on firearms background checks released this week. The data showed the overall 1.4 percent denial rate in 2015 has stayed roughly the same over the two decades since passage of the Brady Act.
Senators will hold a hearing next week on the issue, which gained prominence in the Las Vegas concert massacre. Meanwhile, House Republicans advance a bill that would expand concealed weapon carrying nationwide.
Dozens of Air Force service members charged with or convicted of serious crimes were never reported to the federal gun background-check database as required. The revelation came after the Air Force disclosed that it had failed to report the domestic violence conviction of Devin Kelley, the gunman who killed 25 at a church in Texas this month.
Baylor University researchers found that white men who have lost financial stability — or think that they soon will — find moral and emotional solace in their firearms, more so than nonwhite gun owners or those on sound economic footing.