In the 29 states where federal officials handle background checks, there were only 12 prosecutions in fiscal 2017 of people who were found to have provided false information, such as failing to disclose a felony conviction, reports the Government Accountability Office.
The 94 U.S. Attorneys have prosecuted 41.3 percent more weapons cases than they did five years ago, under the Obama Administration. David Kennedy of John Jay College of Criminal Justice doubts that the federal push affects the behavior of typical offenders.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) asked why Kavanaugh believed semiautomatic weapons could not be banned, when appellate judges across the U.S. had upheld such restrictions. “I had to follow precedent,” Kavanaugh replied. He said the late Justice Antonin Scalia said the Second Amendment did not protect weapons that are “dangerous and unusual,” and semiautomatic rifles are not unusual.
Half of all gun-related deaths in 2016 occurred in six nations — Brazil, the U.S., Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia and Guatemala. Together, a study noted, these countries have less than 10 percent of the world’s population.
Cody Wilson says a federal judge’s order banning their distribution applied only to free downloads from his company’s website. Wilson says he will send USB drives containing the gun blueprints through the mail, which was not mentioned in the judge’s order.
“It is the untraceable and undetectable nature of these small firearms that poses a unique danger,” says U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik. Cody Wilson, who wants to publish the files, called the ruling “hilariously bad” and promised an appeal.
Law enforcement agencies across New Jersey were already required to trace all guns recovered from crimes This is the first time they are required to share the results with one another for guns that were sold in other states.
The move would reverse a longstanding federal government position that it should not pay to provide schools with weapons. In March, Congress passed a school safety bill that allocated $50 million a year to local school districts, but prohibited the use of the money for firearms.
A popular theory attributes the surge and ebb of homicides in the U.S. to crack cocaine. Two new papers argue that a boom in handgun production was largely responsible for the homicide total’s ups and downs.