Tag Archives: background checks

Gun background checks smash records amid pandemic fears

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday, March 30, that he is abandoning the effort. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans worried about their safety during the coronavirus crisis. According to figures from the FBI, 3.7 million background ...

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Gun rights, safety advocates battle over background check bill

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, D-Howard. (Maximilian Franz/The Daily Record)

ANNAPOLIS — Legislation to require background checks on purchasers of rifles and shotguns through private sales in Maryland drew strong opposition Wednesday from gun rights advocates who assailed the plan as invasive and an intrusion on the constitutional right of law-abiding citizens ...

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‘Infrastructure’ repair part of criminal justice reform, advocates say

Reform efforts like the Justice Reinvestment Act will only heighten the need for an administrative process that accurately reflects the legal standing of people who put in the work to have their record cleared, according to Towson solo practitioner Kathleen Cahill.

The growing trend toward criminal justice reform will create opportunities for people with criminal records to get second chances and avoid the collateral consequences of a conviction, but slip-ups and faulty policies on the administrative side of things can still ...

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Doctors board wants criminal checks

(AP) Maryland doctors would undergo criminal background checks and be continuously monitored under legislation the state medical licensing board plans to propose next year. The Board of Physicians released a draft of the bill Thursday. It would require fingerprinting and ...

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EEOC background-check guidance attracts new scrutiny

Two years after a guidance warning employers against the overly-broad use of criminal background checks to screen potential new hires was issued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, it is drawing renewed criticism from employers, business groups and lawmakers who say it is cumbersome at best and dangerous at worst.

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U.S. says firm defrauded on 665K background checks

The company that handled a background check on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden allegedly defrauded the government by submitting at least 665,000 investigations that had not been properly completed, and then tried to cover it up when the government suspected what was going on.

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