FBI to Add National Data Exchange System to National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is planning to add the National Data Exchange (N-DEx) System to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used to screen gun buyers in the U.S. to fix a flaw in the system that enabled convicted murderer Dylann Roof to …

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Judge Dismisses Lawsuits Faulting FBI Background Check System for Charleston Church Shooting

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn On June 18, 2018, a federal judge reluctantly dismissed 16 lawsuits faulting the background check system used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for enabling convicted murderer Dylann Roof to kill nine black worshipers in a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015, according to the Courthouse News Service …

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Government Spending Bill Includes Fix NICS Act to Strengthen National Instant Criminal Background Check System

Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn In March 2018, United States President Donald Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes the “Fix NICS Act” which will strengthen the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ensure convicted felons and domestic abusers cannot illegally …

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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 …

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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 …

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FBI Sued Over Background Check Error Related to Charleston Church Shooting

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 …

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Background Check Completion Act Introduced in House of Representatives

  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 …

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

  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.

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