Little-known gun trust loophole facing closure by Obama's executive action. In an emotional call for gun control in the US, Barack Obama outlined new rules that will close important background check loopholes.
But a little-noticed measure in the executive actions announced on Tuesday has illuminated a shadowy and fast-growing practice which, campaigners have said, has the potential to put highly dangerous weapons in the wrong hands. In 2014, 90,000 Americans applied to buy guns through trusts, according to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), using what the White House has called “outdated regulations” which allow people to avoid criminal background checks by applying to purchase firearms through trusts, corporations or other legal entities.
This is more than 100 times greater than the number of people who had applied in 2000. This loophole has allowed people to obtain weapons such as machine guns, sawn-off shotguns and silencers without needing the approval of a local police chief or sheriff, activists say. How Our Flawed Background Check System Put A Gun In Dylann Roof's Hands. Montel William schools Fox Business News’ Kennedy on gun control in an age of domestic terrorism. Montel Williams appeared on Fox Business News to discuss the San Bernardino mass-shooting with Kennedy, and the conversation took an interesting turn — a conservative hairpin we’ll soon become accustomed to, no doubt — when the libertarian host tried to refute the need for stricter gun control while simultaneously fear-mongering about domestic terrorism.
Williams contended that Americans accept the hassle required to purchase and register a vehicle at the Department of Motor Vehicles, so they would eventually come to accept it if similar measures were in place for guns. “Why don’t we use this as a reason to register gun owners?” Williams asked. “Because American citizens who could be radicalized in direction are sitting there as your neighbor. So why can’t we have a registry of who has [firearms]?” “I own 14 guns,” he added, “and I don’t mind going down and registering them, because I’m a law-abiding citizen.” NRA Repeal Of San Francisco Gun Laws Shot Down By SCOTUS. On Monday, the Supreme Court continued its trend of aversion on several NRA-backed appeals that would loosen gun rights.
This unwillingness by the high court to expand these rights has thwarted gun rights supporters and the NRA since 2008.?? The court upheld two San Francisco ordinances that mandate gun owners to keep weapons secure either by storing them in lockers, by installing trigger locks, or by holding weapons with them. [See Source] The second measure before the court upheld the ban on hollow-point bullets that expand on impact, which the court reasoned had ” no sporting value.” Only two Justices, Antonio Scalia and Clarence Thomas, indicated they would have heard the case. The court has struck down challenges to the 1968 law that prohibit the sales of firearms to individuals under the age of 21, for example.? “significant new questions about how much protection the Constitution’s Second Amendment actually gives to gun owners Denniston adds: Researchers agree: Strong gun laws save lives. Feel safer yet?
David Hemenway, director of Harvard's Injury Control Research Center, attempted to find out whether there was in fact a scientific consensus for or against the National Rifle Association's frequent assertions that more guns in more places reduces crime. The results are, to anyone who has been paying the slightest attention to past studies on these things, unsurprising. Hemenway's team at Harvard went through about 1,200 articles on firearms published since 2011 in peer-reviewed journals focused on public health, public policy, sociology, and criminology. In May 2014, Hemenway began sending monthly surveys to the authors of these articles—upwards of 300 people—with questions concerning firearm use, background checks, and other gun policies.
The Harvard team has completed nine surveys so far, with about 100 researchers responding to each: They show that a clear majority of experts do not buy the NRA's arguments. Regulate Guns. Gun control advocates hail 'significant' victory in Wisconsin gun shop case. Advocates for stronger gun safety laws have hailed a rare victory in a lawsuit brought by victims of a shooting against the gun dealer that sold the pistol used to injure them.
A landmark case concluded in Wisconsin late on Tuesday with a jury awarding more than $5m in damages to two police officers who were shot by an 18-year-old who had paid an older friend to buy a gun for him illegally at the dealership. It is believed to be the first such lawsuit successfully fought against the gun industry in the US in the 10 years since federal legislation was passed to protect gun makers and sellers from legal action at the state and federal level. The NRA's Desperation Grows As Obama Is Winning the PR War on Gun Laws. With a nation reeling from grief and daily tragedy brought on by ridiculously irresponsible and changing gun safety regulations across the country, people are clamoring for change.
President Obama is talking about why we need gun safety measures and reasonable, responsible gun laws on a daily basis lately. People are listening. The NRA can’t afford to allow people and certainly not our representatives to even have that discussion. So they’re doubling down on the lies about the boogeyman Obama coming for everyone’s guns. To wit: A taste of the pathetic and desperate lies the NRA Institute for Legislative Action is peddling: Clearly, the president is infuriated with Congress and the American people for failing to adopt his gun control agenda, but what is he actually promoting by way of solutions?
Vitriol? They are actually claiming Obama is calling for an end to private firearm ownership. Of course, that claim bears no relationship to the truth. Things like: This Right-Wing TV Host Is DONE With The NRA (WITH VIDEOS) Ed Berliner with Ted Cruz (image from Berliner’s Facebook) Ed Berliner, the host of Newsmax TV’s prime-time show, The Hard Line, is a no-questions-asked conservative.
However, he has let it be known that he isn’t at all afraid to take on the NRA. Senate Democrats unveil gun control measures in wake of Oregon shooting. Senate Democrats unveiled a set of gun control measures on Thursday in a new attempt to address the US’s problem with gun violence.
One week after nine people were shot and killed at Umpqua community college in Roseburg, Oregon, senators announced measures meant to improve the background check system and prevent people who are not allowed to buy guns from obtaining them illegally. These efforts, however, are likely to fail in the Republican-controlled Senate. Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, liberal icon Elizabeth Warren and red-state Democrat Claire McCaskill stood with other Democrats outside the Capitol building on Thursday morning at a press conference for the announcement. Is enacting gun control a political risk? Congress blinks while states go it alone. As America grappled with another mass shooting – an epidemic Barack Obama referred to as “routine” – the president made a simple request: start politicizing gun violence.
Lawmakers have shied away from enacting stricter gun laws for precisely this reason: new restrictions would infringe on second amendment rights, they argue, and at best do little to prevent further shootings. But for proponents of gun control, those explanations are thinly veiled excuses amid intense pressure from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun rights advocates. Archie Bunker Explains Gun Control (Video) “All in the Family” is touted as the series that brought reality to prime-time TV entertainment.
The lead character, Archie Bunker, is a loudmouthed, uneducated bigot who believes in every stereotype he has ever heard. His wife, Edith, is sweet but not the sharpest knife in the drawer. They and their daughter, Gloria, and her husband, Mike, all live in a working-class home. Unfortunately for Archie, he can’t avoid the people he disdains: His son-in-law — whom Archie calls “Meathead” — is an unemployed student and of Polish descent; the Jeffersons next door are black; Edith’s cousin Maude is a feminist; and, later, his partners in a local tavern are Jewish.1 Airing on CBS from January 12, 1971, to April 8, 1979, “All in the Family” covered a broad spectrum of political topics that are every bit as relevant today as they were when the show was airing.
States With Most Gun Laws Have Fewest Gun Deaths, Study Finds. These Are The Five Best Gun Control Laws In The World, And Not A One Of Them Is Found In The U.S. Anytime there is a mass shooting in this country–Virginia Tech, Newtown, Charleston, Oregon–the discussion begins anew about why this country has so many gun deaths on an annual basis. Gun safety group outlines regulations Obama could adopt – without Congress. A major gun safety group on Monday released a list of measures it said the Obama administration could adopt – without congressional approval – to reduce gun violence in the US.
Everytown for Gun Safety said its report was created in response to Obama’s call last week for citizens and the media to pressure lawmakers into enacting stricter gun control laws, which the president made in a speech following a shooting at Umpqua community college in Oregon that left 10 people dead, including the gunman. “This is a political choice that we make, to allow this to happen every few months in America,” Obama said. “We collectively are answerable to those families who lose their loved ones because of our inaction.”