Tag Archives: FBI

Fix NICS Act of 2017 Aims to Ensure Accuracy of National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On November 15, 2017, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) – on behalf of a bipartisan group of Senators – introduced the “Fix NICS Act of 2017” to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used for the purchase of firearms, according to a press release on the Senator’s website. Continue reading

Texas Church Shooting Suspect Passed Gun Background Check Despite Military Court-Martial for Assault

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn (Updated November 7, 2017)

The deceased suspect in a mass shooting in a Texas church that left 26 people dead and 20 others wounded – which Texas Governor Greg Abbott has called “the largest mass shooting” in the state’s history – passed a background check required to purchase the rifle allegedly used in the shooting despite being “court-martialed in 2012 for assault on his spouse and assault on their child,” according to a report from CNN. Continue reading

NAPBS Submits Comments to California Public Utilities Commission Concerning Transportation Network Companies

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS®) has submitted comments requested by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding the background checks of prospective Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers under the ‘California Public Service Commission Rulemaking 12-12-011’ (Order Instituting Rulemaking on Regulations Relating to Passenger Carriers, Ridesharing, and New Online-Enabled Transportation Services).’ To view the complete comments from the NAPBS, click here. Continue reading

FBI Sued Over Background Check Error Related to Charleston Church Shooting

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The families of nine victims killed in the June 2015 shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina, are suing the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) over a background check error that supposedly allowed the alleged shooter to purchase his gun, according to a story in The Washington Post. Continue reading

FBI Fingerprinting Background Checks of Uber Drivers Central Theme of Regulatory Battle

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The use of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) database and state criminal history repositories that require fingerprinting “are now a central theme of the regulatory battle” for regulation of drivers for the on-demand ride-hailing service provider Uber, according to a blog on The Huffington Post website. Continue reading

Proposed Legislation Would Allow Summer Camps and Youth Organizations to Access FBI Sex Offender Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-New York) has launched a campaign to pass his bipartisan legislation – Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life and Safety Security Systems Act of 2015 – that would change the federal law preventing summer camps and other not-for-profit youth organizations from access to Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) sex offender background checks on employees and volunteers, according to a press release on Senator Schumer’s website. Continue reading

Workplace Violence Deaths by Co-Workers on the Rise

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Although the number of deaths related to workplace violence by co-workers remains relatively small, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data shows this type of workplace violence incident is rising nationwide, according to the article ‘Active shooters at work on rise’ on the Houston Chronicle website. Continue reading

Government Oversight and Enforcement of Accuracy in Background Check Industry to Increase in 2016

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

There will be increased governmental oversight and enforcement of the background check industry, with a particular focus on issues involving the accuracy of information contained in background check reports, from federal agencies such as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in 2016. This is the number 1 trend selected by Employment Screening Resources® (ESR) Founder and CEO Attorney Lester Rosen for the 9th annual ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2016. Continue reading

Background Check Completion Act Introduced in House of Representatives

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A South Carolina Congressman has introduced the Background Check Completion Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to close a loophole that allowed the purchase of a gun allegedly used to kill nine people at a church in Charleston in June 2015, according to a press release from the office of Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (D-SC 6th District). Continue reading

FBI Director Says Background Check System Should Have Stopped Gun Purchase by Alleged South Carolina Church Shooter

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) background check system should have stopped the alleged killer of nine people at a church in Charleston, South Carolina from purchasing the gun he allegedly used in the shootings, according to a statement by FBI Director James Comey. Continue reading