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Gun background checks smash records amid pandemic fears (access required)

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 (access required)

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 (access required)

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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Judge orders EEOC to pay nearly $1M in attorneys’ fees (access required)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission must pay nearly $1 million in attorney’s fees for continuing to pursue a race discrimination claim after becoming well aware of the “incredibly shoddy work” of its expert witness, a federal judge in Greenbelt has ruled.

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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 (access required)

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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