Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner surprised many people this week when he issued licenses to 70 medical marijuana businesses before they would have to undergo criminal background checks as required by state law, The Associated Press reports.
Rauner said he began issuing the licenses because patients shouldn’t have to wait any longer following the mishandling of the licensing process under former Gov. Pat Quinn.
Once the FBI authorizes the use of its criminal history checks, Rauner said the businesses that have been issued licenses would still be subjected to the background checks.
Illinois’ medical marijuana law excludes anyone with a violent crime or drug felony.
Anyone trying to enter a military base will have to be screened against the FBI’s criminal database, Nextgov.com reports.
The idea is to determine whether visitors have been arrested, have a felony conviction or outstanding warrants. It comes in the wake of the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas and Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.
Troops, veterans, relatives and others with access have traditionally been checked against a Department of Defense database.
The DOD database will begin tapping into the FBI database on Friday.
The FBI won’t conduct nationwide background checks on people applying to operate a legal marijuana business in Washington state in stark contrast to the handling of applicants in Colorado, the Associated Press reports.
The FBI’s refusal to conduct the checks surprised officials in Washington because the federal agency does similar background checks in Colorado, where marijuana also is legal for recreational use.
The inconsistent practices of the FBI worries some.
Others in Washington state are worried that people with egregious criminal histories will end up with pot licenses.
As employers increasingly rely on FBI background checks before hiring prospective employees, a new report shows the process is riddled with errors and omissions, The Columbus Dispatch reports.
The report from the Employment Law Project estimates that 1.8 million workers are subjected to faulty background checks.
“As millions of workers struggle to navigate a still-challenging job market, the FBI must avoid creating wrongful barriers that cause unnecessary job loss and financial harm,” the report’s authors wrote. “The FBI is more than a mere receptacle of information; the imprimatur of the FBI marks the records as authoritative and trustworthy.”
That’s not good news for the increasing number of people who are subjected to FBI background checks. In the past decade, the number increased six times to 17 million last year.
It’s nauseating to say the least to see how spineless our Washington lawmakers are, how fearful they are when it comes to standing up to the NRA and the people who insist that universal background checks are too intrusive and assault weapons are necessary to own.
The Newtown shootings should have been enough to give lawmakers the backbone to stand up.
No, the Gabby Giffords shootings should have been enough.
No, the Aurora movie theater shootings should have been enough.
No, the Virginia Tech shootings should have been enough.
No, the Columbine shootings should have been enough.
You get the point, nothing, not dead high school kids, not dead elementary school kids, not a dead federal judge, nothing will move some of our lawmakers.
Granted, banning assault rifles at this point won’t instantly remove them from circulation. But we have to start somewhere, and banning assault rifles will eventually make them much harder to get. And the universal background checks, well, that’s another no brainer. Currently, about 40% of guns purchased from places other than licensed gun dealer (like collectors and guns shows) do not require background checks. That would change under a new proposal in Washington that is under intense debate.
I’m afraid we’re missing the window of opportunity to enact some tougher gun laws. No, I’m not advocating taking away guns. But we need change. Now. Not after 10 more tragedies involving unstable people.
In most societies, the senseless, mass deaths of kids is enough to make politicians respond.
The school shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary appears to be driving an unprecedented number of gun sales, the Atlantic Wire reports.
In fact, 9 of the 10 days with the most requests ever for FBI background checks occurred after the Dec. 14 shooting, according to the Atlantic Wire. And in Sandy Hook, home of the school shooting, gun permits have more than doubled.
On the day of the shooting, the FBI conducted 113,022 checks. The most was Dec. 21, when 177,170 background checks were conducted.
“America is buying guns at a rate that we’ve never seen before,” the Atlantic Wire wrote.