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background check measure on guns included in spending bill


washington (ap) — a measure strengthening the federal background check system for gun purchases will be included in the $1.3 trillion government spending bill being negotiated by congressional leaders, aides said wednesday.the “fix nics” measure would provide funding for states to comply with the existing national instant criminal background check system and penalize federal agencies that don’t comply. the bipartisan measure was approved in the house, but stalled in the senate amid concerns by some republicans about restricting gun rights without due process and complaints by democrats that it does not go far enough to address gun violence.the giant spending bill also includes money to improve school safety as congress struggles to respond to the deadly assault on a florida high school and






inslee signs gun background check notification bill


the bill requires the notification of law enforcement and of people with protection orders if someone fails a background check after trying to buy a gun.olympia — gov. jay inslee has signed a bill that requires the notification of law enforcement and of people with protection orders if someone fails a background check after trying to buy a gun.the measure signed wednesday requires gun dealers to notify the washington association of sheriffs and police chiefs within five days of a denial. the washington state patrol must then incorporate that information into its electronic database, accessible to the state’s law enforcement agencies.the new law allows waspc to establish a grant program that would allow local law enforcement to conduct investigations into people who illegally tried to get a






house republicans' concealed carry gambit may sink bipartisan bill on gun backgr


rare bipartisan consensus around legislation to improve the national background check system for gun purchases is in jeopardy after house republicans linked the measure to a bill allowing gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines.the house is expected to vote and pass the combination bill wednesday over the objections of house democrats, who accused republicans of "trickery" and "sabotage" in tying the background-checks bill to a concealed-carry measure that the national rifle association called its "highest legislative priority."in the senate, democrats have labeled the concealed-carry legislation a nonstarter, while key senate republicans cautioned that pairing the bills is a recipe for the demise of both."when you put them together it makes it harder for us to do what we






gun proposals percolate, but congress isn't eager


washington — house speaker paul ryan showed little interest tuesday in some of the stricter gun proposals being floated by president donald trump or bipartisan coalitions in congress, as senate republicans pushed a more modest measure to boost the existing background check system with new penalties and incentives.as student survivors of the marjory stoneman douglas high school shooting roamed the capitol for a second day, promoting tougher gun laws in meetings with top lawmakers, ryan acknowledged "system failures" in florida that he said congress should review. but gop leaders stopped short of offering new legislation beyond the background check fix."we shouldn't be banning guns for law-abiding citizens," ryan told reporters. "we should be focusing on making sure that citizens who should






proposed gun legislation in minnesota: 'do something' can be a detrimental refra


i see that several minnesota legislators have succumbed to the urge to “do something” about a perceived gun violence problem in minnesota, by proposing a bill that not only does nothing to address any such problem, but instead introduces a number of onerous requirements that will apply only to the law-abiding citizens of minnesota (“senators push for change on guns,” march 13).the proposed legislation suffers a number of problems. first, the so-called “universal background check” included in this legislation is not, and cannot be, universal. as with all laws, only the law-abiding will choose to subject themselves to it.as is currently the case, nothing will be done to affect the casual exchange of firearms by people who simply can’t be bothered to submit to background checks, or who know t






committee rejects expanded firearm background checks


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.a legislative committee on monday effectively killed a bill to expand background checks for gun purchases — an issue that drew large crowds to the capitol as well as big campaign contributions and intense lobbying and advertising.the house judiciary committee voted 7-6 to table house bill 548 after a lengthy hearing. it marked the defeat of the most recent gun-control bill sponsored by rep. stephanie garcia richard, d-los alamos.democrat eliseo alcon of milan joined the six republicans on the panel to stop the measure, which would have required background checks on all sales of firearms at gun shows and from advertisements on the internet or print publications.garcia richard said other states that have approved sim






ukraine parliament mulls requiring lawmakers to check guns


moscow (ap) — ukraine’s parliament is considering a bill that would require lawmakers to check their guns at the entrance.news agency ukrinform reported that volodymyr areshonkov, a deputy head of parliament’s rules committee, said friday the measure would oblige lawmakers to leave weapons and explosives in lockers.the statement comes after prosecutor general yuriy lutsenko accused lawmaker nadiya savchenko, a former military pilot who became a national icon after spending two years in a russian prison, of plotting an attack on parliament with grenades and automatic weapons.the accusations followed savchenko’s claim that lutsenko was covering up the killings of protesters during ukraine’s 2014 uprising.most read nation & world storiesunlimited digital access: $1 for 4 weekssavchenko told r






hundreds of thousands of names purged from background check database for gun pur


washington – tens of thousands of people wanted by law enforcement officials have been removed this year from the fbi criminal background check database that prohibits fugitives from justice from buying guns.the names were taken out after the fbi in february changed its legal interpretation of "fugitive from justice" to say it pertains only to wanted people who have crossed state lines.what that means is that those fugitives who were previously prohibited under federal law from purchasing firearms can now buy them, unless barred for other reasons.since the national instant criminal background check system (nics) was created in 1998, it has prevented 1.5 million people from buying guns, including 180,000 denials to people who were fugitives from justice, according to government statistics.i






sessions orders review of background check system for guns


washington — attorney general jeff sessions is ordering a far-ranging review of the fbi database containing information for use in background checks on prospective gun buyers.the move wednesday comes after the air force acknowledged that a man who killed more than two dozen people in a south texas church should have had his name and domestic violence conviction submitted to the database. that might have prevented him from buying guns.in a memo, sessions directed the fbi and atf to determine if other government agencies are failing to report information to the national instant criminal background check system. he also wants a report detailing the number of times the agencies investigate people for lying on their gun-purchase applications.the pentagon's inspector general is separately review






cuomo backs plan for 10-day waiting time to buy guns


albany — gov. andrew m. cuomo on sunday threw his support behind an assembly proposal that would extend the waiting time to buy firearms in new york.the proposal would extend the waiting period for the purchase of guns to “up to 10 days.” currently, anyone seeking to purchase a handgun, rifle or shotgun in new york must undergo a criminal background check. often, that takes only a few minutes and the purchase can proceed immediately. if the instant federal background check doesn’t clear the way for the sale for various reasons, including questions raised about the purchaser, current law allows a delay of up to three days to possess the firearm. cuomo would delay that for up to 10 days.the proposal doesn’t change the process to get a pistol permit in new york, which involves extensive backg






bill aimed to keep guns from domestic abusers heads to governor


a bill that advocates say will keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers is headed to gov. susana martinez.heath haussamen / nmpolitics.netstate rep. joseph cervantesthe state house of representatives voted 43-22 on wednesday to pass senate bill 259, sponsored by joseph cervantes, d-las cruces, which would require people under domestic violence restraining orders to relinquish their firearms.groups such as new mexicans to prevent gun violence argued that the bill is a common-sense measure that will protect victims of domestic violence.but several republicans on the house floor countered that the bill was flawed and would clog up state courts.the bill would only apply once a judge has issued a final order following a hearing. not only would the measure require people under domestic vio






sweeney promises group home background check crackdown


trenton, n.j. (ap) — new jersey’s top democratic state lawmaker says he’ll introduce a measure to crack down on enforcing criminal background checks of workers at group homes.senate president steve sweeney told nj.com that he will introduce a bill to strengthen the background check requirements after an audit found that providers were able to make decisions on their own about applicants with criminal histories.he says anyone identified as a safety threat should be removed or disqualified.the audit found that nearly 8 percent of direct care workers did not have background checks and some with criminal records were still hired.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4 weeks.state law now lets the 570 group homes and supervised housing providers decide if an individual has shown the






collins-backed push to keep criminals from guns progresses


portland, maine (ap) — a gun safety bill supported by maine’s republican senator is now progressing in both houses of congress.sen. susan collins says she’s on board with senate legislation that would require the feds to inform states within 24 hours when a person prohibited from buying guns fails the national instant criminal background check system. a bipartisan group of senators introduced the bill last week.similar legislation has been referred to the house judiciary subcommittee on crime, terrorism, homeland security, and investigations.collins says maine’s one of 37 states where state law enforcement isn’t alerted when a prohibited person attempts to buy a gun. she says the nics denial notification act will help stop “dangerous people from obtaining guns illegally” while also protect






mississippi lawmakers: schools could let teachers carry guns


jackson, miss. (ap) — mississippi lawmakers have proposed letting teachers and other school employees with special training carry guns onto campus.the senate judiciary a committee on tuesday amended house bill 1083 , allowing public and private school administrators to establish school safety programs that would allow teachers to carry guns. school employees would have to receive 12 hours of training every two years from the mississippi department of public safety.senate judiciary a committee chairman briggs hopson, a vicksburg republican, says the bill responds to recent school shootings, including in parkland, florida, where 17 people were killed at a high school. president donald trump and the national rifle association support such measures.hopson’s measure also amends an underlying ho






the latest: senate on track to send spending bill to trump


washington — the latest on the health care bill in the house (all times local):11:40 p.m.the senate is on track to deliver president donald trump the first significant legislation of his presidency. it's a bipartisan, $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the government running pretty much as-is through september.senate passage thursday afternoon would send the bill to the white house in time to avert a midnight friday shutdown deadline. the house passed the measure wednesday on a big bipartisan vote, though 103 conservative republicans opposed the bill.trump won $15 billion in additional pentagon spending but was denied funding to begin construction work on his promised wall along the u.s.-mexico border. he took to twitter earlier this week to complain about the bipartisan process that prod






the latest: gop lawmakers urge panel to pass gun bill


madison, wis. — the latest on a public hearing on a bill that would lift permit and training requirements to carry concealed weapons (all times local):9:55 a.m.two republican legislators are urging a state senate committee to approve their bill allowing people to carry concealed weapons without permits or training.sen. dave craig and rep. mary felzkowski told the senate judiciary committee during a packed public hearing on the bill wednesday that doing away with the permit and training would eliminate the $40 application fee and administrative hurdles.they added that people can carry openly in wisconsin without a permit or training.sen. lena taylor, a milwaukee democrat, said some restrictions on guns are appropriate. she also questioned whether the bill would allow the mentally ill to car






guns were black friday must-haves, going by fbi’s record 203,086 background-chec


according to the fbi, the previous two records for background checks were also set on the day after the federal holiday in which americans give thanks for the year’s blessings.on friday, the fbi received 203,086 requests for instant gun background checks, according to usa today — nearly a 10 percent increase from the year before and a record for background checks in a single day.that’s not an anomaly. according to the fbi, the previous two records for background checks were also set on the day after the federal holiday in which americans give thanks for the year’s blessings.the fbi didn’t provide any analysis behind the spike, but the biggest shopping day of the year may come at a moment of worry for people who fear someone from the government may knock on their door someday and confiscate






shutdown clock ticking, gop struggling for spending deal


washington — republicans who control congress are struggling to come up with a must-pass measure to avoid a government shutdown this weekend.house gop leaders are short of votes, and have scrapped plans to combine a short-term spending bill with $81 billion worth of disaster aid and a $658 billion pentagon funding measure.conservatives are upset with the price tag for hurricane aid, and their pressure has sent gop leaders back to the drawing board.democrats are pressing for a two- or three-week temporary spending bill that pushes a number of unresolved issues — including disaster aid — into the new year.house speaker paul ryan and other gop leaders haven't announced a course of action.






gop drops us-mexico wall demands as spending talks advance


washington — congressional negotiators on tuesday inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny president donald trump's request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the mexico border. the emerging measure would increase the defense budget and eliminate the threat of a government shutdown on trump's 100th day in office this saturday.top senate democrat chuck schumer said republican negotiators were following the lead of trump, who signaled monday evening that he would not insist on $1 billion worth of wall funding now as an addition to the $1 trillion-plus spending bill. trump told a gathering of conservative media reporters that he might be willing to wait until september for the funding.other stumbling blocks remain, but the decision by trump






gop drops us-mexico wall demands as spending talks advance


washington — congressional negotiators on tuesday inched toward a potential agreement on a catchall spending bill that would deny president donald trump's request for immediate funding to construct a wall along the mexico border. the emerging measure would increase the defense budget and eliminate the threat of a government shutdown on trump's 100th day in office this saturday.top senate democrat chuck schumer said republican negotiators were following the lead of trump, who signaled monday evening that he would not insist on $1 billion worth of wall funding now as an addition to the $1 trillion-plus spending bill. trump told a gathering of conservative media reporters that he might be willing to wait until september for the funding.other stumbling blocks remain, but the decision by trump






pa senate approves bill to allow teachers to carry guns on school ground


pennsylvania senate approved a bill wednesday that will allow teachers to have guns on school grounds. after an hour-long session, the law was passed by a 28-22 vote, according to the associated press. the bill, also known as bill 383, will advance to seek approval from the house of representatives. republican sen. don white, the bill’s…






voucher schools would have to conduct background checks


madison, wis. — private schools participating in wisconsin's voucher school program would have to conduct employee background checks under a bill up for state senate approval.the bipartisan measure up for a vote wednesday includes a number of changes to the state's voucher program. it's supported both by advocates for school choice and the state department of public instruction. no one has registered against the measure, which makes mostly technical changes.the bill would do away with certain academic benchmarks that choice schools must currently meet, but dpi backs that change because the private schools are still subject to state report cards.it also changes numerous deadlines and application requirements that backers say will improve the administration of the program.the assembly was to






the latest: gop moderate offers health care amendment


washington — the latest on republican efforts in congress to pass spending legislation and a health care bill (all times local):10:25 p.m.an influential republican moderate who'd announced his opposition to the gop health care bill says he's working with party leaders on an amendment that could pick up crucial votes for the stalled measure.michigan gop rep. fred upton says the proposal would provide $8 billion over five years to help people with pre-existing medical conditions pay premiums. upton described the plan to the associated press.earlier tuesday, upton said he opposed the bill because states could get federal waivers to let insurers charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing illnesses who'd let their coverage lapse. the money in upton's plan would go to people in states th






house votes to avert shutdown with approval of funding bill


the house approved an $81 billion disaster aid package to help california and gulf coast states recover from wildfires and hurricanes, along with a temporary spending bill to prevent a government shutdown as lawmakers scrambled thursday to wrap up business before a christmas break.the stopgap measure would continue federal operations for a few more weeks, setting up another deadline for jan. 19. but it would leave undone a long list of priorities that members of both parties had hoped to finish this year.the house approved the spending bill 231-188 with a handful of democrats joining a majority of the chamber’s republicans. the disaster-aid bill passed 251-169.both measures now go to the senate, which is expected to pass the stopgap measure. prospects for the disaster aid package, the larg






california lawmakers aim to strengthen gun ban in schools


by sophia bollagsacramento — california lawmakers have passed a bill to revoke superintendents’ ability to let people carry guns in a school zone.the california assembly passed ab424 43-23 monday, sending the measure to the state senate.the legislature initially let superintendents give people permission to carry guns on campus to ensure domestic violence survivors could protect themselves, assemblyman kevin mccarty said. but the sacramento democrat says the provision has been “exploited” by school districts to allow cafeteria aids, teachers and yard duty assistants to carry firearms in schools.“this was not the intent of the bill passed a few years ago,” said mccarty, who authored ab424. “research shows allowing more guns in schools makes them less safe.”about five california school distr






senate to send $1.1t spending bill to trump


washington (ap) — the senate is on track to deliver president donald trump the first significant legislation of his presidency, a bipartisan $1.1 trillion agencywide spending bill that would keep the government running pretty much as is through september.senate passage thursday afternoon would send the huge bill to the white house for trump’s signature well in time to avert a midnight friday shutdown deadline. the house passed the measure wednesday on a big bipartisan vote, though 103 of the chamber’s conservative republicans opposed the bill.trump won $15 billion in additional pentagon spending and $1.5 billion in emergency border security funds but was denied funding to begin construction work on his oft-promised wall along the u.s.-mexico border.and democrats and the pragmatic republica






lawmaker wants to limit californians to buying no more than one gun a month


alarmed by the amount of gun violence and the activity of straw firearms purchasers, one state lawmaker has revived a proposal to prohibit californians from buying more than one gun a month. sen. anthony portantino (d-la cañada-flintridge) said his measure would close a loophole by including long guns in a monthly buying limit that currently only applies to handguns. he noted that of the 26,682 guns used in crimes that were entered into the california department of justice's automated firearms systems database in one recent year, 11,500 were long guns. portantino said there is no reason why someone would need to buy more than one long gun each month. “this is not the wild west,” he said. “california’s in the 21st century, and you shouldn’t be able to walk into a gun store and come out with






trump 'supportive' of improved gun background checks


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionwhat has donald trump said about guns and gun control?us president donald trump is "supportive" of efforts to improve background checks on gun ownership, the white house says.he has spoken to republican senator john cornyn about a bipartisan bill he helped introduce, a statement read.the 2017 bill sought to improve federal compliance with checks that are processed before someone can buy a gun.it comes after authorities said the suspect in last week's school shooting in florida had bought his gun legally. "while discussions are ongoing and revisions are being considered, the president is supportive of efforts to improve the federal background check system," white house press secretary sarah sanders said on monday. the national instant






fbi's david bowdich: obama's doj forced removal of 500k 'fugitives' from backgro


published on: fri, mar 16th, 2018 us headlines | by butter bracco share thistags#2aammo background checkbackground check gun controlbackground check record keeping gunsbackground checksbarack obamacaliforniachristopher wraydavid bowdichdepartment of justicedianne feinsteinfbifbi investigationgun controlgun owners databasegun owners of americagun ownershipillegal aliensillegal immigrantsobama administrationsecond amendmentthe washington posttobacco control inspectoru.s. department of justicewashingtonwashington dcwashington postwashington post journalistacting fbi deputy director david bowdich testified wednesday during a senate judiciary committee hearing that president obama’s department of justice forced the fbi to delete over 500,000 fugitives, who had outstanding arrest warrants, from






fbi's david bowdich: obama's doj forced removal of 500k 'fugitives' from backgro


published on: fri, mar 16th, 2018 us headlines | by butter bracco share thistags#2aammo background checkbackground check gun controlbackground check record keeping gunsbackground checksbarack obamacaliforniachristopher wraydavid bowdichdepartment of justicedianne feinsteinfbifbi investigationgun controlgun owners databasegun owners of americagun ownershipillegal aliensillegal immigrantsobama administrationsecond amendmentthe washington posttobacco control inspectoru.s. department of justicewashingtonwashington dcwashington postwashington post journalistacting fbi deputy director david bowdich testified wednesday during a senate judiciary committee hearing that president obama’s department of justice forced the fbi to delete over 500,000 fugitives, who had outstanding arrest warrants, from






fbi's david bowdich: obama's doj forced removal of 500k 'fugitives' from backgro


published on: fri, mar 16th, 2018 us headlines | by butter bracco share thistags#2aammo background checkbackground check gun controlbackground check record keeping gunsbackground checksbarack obamacaliforniachristopher wraydavid bowdichdepartment of justicedianne feinsteinfbifbi investigationgun controlgun owners databasegun owners of americagun ownershipillegal aliensillegal immigrantsobama administrationsecond amendmentthe washington posttobacco control inspectoru.s. department of justicewashingtonwashington dcwashington postwashington post journalistacting fbi deputy director david bowdich testified wednesday during a senate judiciary committee hearing that president obama’s department of justice forced the fbi to delete over 500,000 fugitives, who had outstanding arrest warrants, from






senate panel a nces gun background check bill


luis sánchez urno / the new mexicanrobin brulé of albuquerque, who lost her mother to gun violence, speaks in support of senate bill 48 at the roundhouse on tuesday.luis sánchez urno / the new mexicancibola county sheriff tony mace speaks tuesday in opposition to expanded background checks for gun sales.luis sánchez urno / the new mexicansen. gerald ortiz y pino, d-albuquerque, joined other democrats on the senate public affairs committee in voting to a nce a bill to expand background checks for gun sales.a state senate committee listened to an hour of emotional testimony tuesday, then voted 5-3 on party lines to a nce a bill expanding background checks for people buying guns.the packed hearing room included a sea of red t-shirts worn by members o un safety advocacy group called moms deman






lawmakers hear opposing sides on domestic violence gun bill


montpelier, vt. (ap) — vermont lawmakers are talking about a bill that would allow police to temporarily remove guns from someone arrested for domestic violence.vermont public radio reports proponents and critics of the bill spoke at the statehouse tuesday night. the bill would allow police to seize guns, for up to five days, following a domestic incident if the officer believes the owner is poses a threat.critics say the measure violates the u.s. constitution by infringing on due process. democratic sen. dick sears has introduced another bill that would require a judge’s order in order to temporarily seize firearms.supporters say it could save lives. domestic violence advocates say the bill protects victims and give them a chance to plan.most read storiesunlimited digital access. $1 for 4






colorado lawmakers make final push for hospitals bill, others ahead of adjournme


colorado lawmakers are poised to deliver one of the most expansive spending bills of the legislative term just before the wednesday deadline for adjournment.the state senate passed senate bill 267 on monday, and the measure raced through the house as lawmakers rushed to avoid a $528 million cut in payments to hospitals by reclassifying the provider fee program and generate $1.9 billion for road construction by mortgaging state buildings.the 25-10 vote in the senate demonstrated the significant heartburn among some conservative lawmakers who blasted the measure for allowing more state spending and debt — reasons they believed it should go to voters for approval.senate president pro tem jerry sonnenberg, r-sterling, asked lawmakers to “put politics aside and fix this problem,” saying it is a






medical marijuana, hemp protections included in federal spending bill


a congressional spending bill to fund u.s. government through september includes provisions protecting industrial hemp and state medical marijuana programs.






guns were black friday must-haves, going by the fbi's record 203,086 background-


for decades, the term "black friday" has conjured up distinct images: turkey-stuffed consumers awake at insanely early hours of the morning, bursting into big-box stores to fight over flat screen tvs.but in a muzzle flash, it seems, a new image may be replacing that stereotype. it involves a trigger and, possibly, a scope.on friday, the fbi received 203,086 requests for instant gun background checks, according to usa today - nearly a 10 percent increase from the year before and a new record for background checks in a single day.that's not an anomaly. according to the fbi, the previous two records for background checks were also set on the day after the federal holiday in which americans give thanks for the year's blessings.the fbi didn't provide any analysis behind the spike, but the bigge






women's march activists, one week later, seek to build a movement


signs left after the jan. 21 women's march on washington.(p o: john minchillo, ap)pallas diaz is fired up. terri siler is raising money. emiliana guereca is encouraging others to get involved.these three women from florida, indiana and california, and many, many others, want to take the energy from last urday's women's marches and channel it into a movement. interviews with  participants from throughout the usa today network underscore the challenges that activists face in the aftermath of a march that had little national infrastructure. they say it’s up to participants in critical swing states and districts to take the initiative and set priorities. and they hope they can organize in the geog hic areas that matter most as democrats seek to win back the u.s. house and senate.“right now the