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A bipartisan group of Congresspeople is once again filing a bill that would require background checks for all commercial gun purchases. Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords joined the coalition to introduce the legislation.

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A bipartisan group of Congresspeople is once again filing a bill that would require background checks for all commercial gun purchases. Supporters include New York Republican Congressman Peter King and Democratic Congresswomen Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut and Kathleen Rice of New York.

Senator Charles Schumer

Senator Charles Schumer is calling for daily federal screening of airport and airline workers for weapons following last month's arrests of five men accused of smuggling guns through the New York and Atlanta airports.

The New York Democrat, joined by Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson, is asking the Transportation Security Administration "to immediately implement a national requirement that all airports develop a daily screening plan that works for their facility.  There is simply no good reason not to take this step."

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.

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:

Police push for background checks on gun purchases

Jan 29, 2013
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Law enforcement leaders 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.

Leaders of the Major County Sheriffs' Association said they told the president Monday to focus on the mental health system.

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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.

The Green Mountain Gun Show will be held this weekend.

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…

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.

MA House Overrides Governor's Background Check Veto

May 31, 2012

The Massachusetts House of Representatives has voted to keep a bill that would require all employees of the state's Gaming Commission to be subject to full criminal background checks and drug screenings.  WAMC’s Tristan O’Neill reports…

State representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to override Governor Deval Patrick's veto on the measure.