background checks http://wamc.org en NY Assemblymembers Urge Social Media Sites To Clamp Down On Gun Sales http://wamc.org/post/ny-assemblymembers-urge-social-media-sites-clamp-down-gun-sales <p>Two New York assemblymembers are calling on social media companies to ban gun sales without background checks. The legislators say the sites are being used as marketplaces for such sales, but a state firearms advocacy group says it’s a non-issue.</p><p>Democratic Assemblymembers Brian Kavanagh and Michelle Schimel have launched an online petition urging social media companies to change their user policies. Here’s New York City’s Kavanagh:</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 21:12:03 +0000 Allison Dunne 76519 at http://wamc.org NY Assemblymembers Urge Social Media Sites To Clamp Down On Gun Sales Police push for background checks on gun purchases http://wamc.org/post/police-push-background-checks-gun-purchases <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement <font color="red">leaders</font> who met with President Barack Obama are urging him to improve the mental health system and strengthen background checks, but did not unify on more controversial gun control measures.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;"><font color="red">Leaders</font> of the <font color="red">Major</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">County</font>&nbsp;<font color="red">Sheriffs</font>' <font color="red">Association</font> said they told the president Monday to focus on the mental health system.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 13:54:21 +0000 Jaired Crofut 56721 at http://wamc.org Police push for background checks on gun purchases Vermont Gun Show to Require Checks on All Buyers http://wamc.org/post/vermont-gun-show-require-checks-all-buyers <p></p><p></p><p>Organizers of a gun show in South Burlington say people who sell firearms from their private collections will be required to do background checks on potential buyers.<br><br>The Green Mountain Gun Show will be held this weekend. Fri, 18 Jan 2013 01:15:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 55995 at http://wamc.org Vermont Gun Show to Require Checks on All Buyers Mass. Gov. Signs Bill Requiring National Background Checks for School Employees http://wamc.org/post/mass-gov-signs-bill-requiring-national-background-checks-school-employees <p></p><p></p><p>A new law signed by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will require all school employees in the Commonwealth to undergo both a state and federal background check. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…</p><p></p><p>The law signed by Gov. Patrick titled An Act Relative to Background Checks would require teachers and other school employees to submit to a national fingerprint supported background review. Prior to the passage of the bill, school employees in the Commonwealth had only needed to submit to a background check on the state level.</p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 55596 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gov. Signs Bill Requiring National Background Checks for School Employees MA House Overrides Governor's Background Check Veto http://wamc.org/post/ma-house-overrides-governors-background-check-veto <p>The Massachusetts House of Representatives has voted to keep a bill that would require all employees of the state&#39;s Gaming Commission to be subject to full criminal background checks and drug screenings.&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Tristan O&rsquo;Neill reports&hellip;</p><p>State representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to override Governor Deval&nbsp;Patrick&#39;s veto on the measure.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 11:14:09 +0000 Tristan O'Neill 40124 at http://wamc.org MA House Overrides Governor's Background Check Veto