Posted by Buellboy
October 7th Announcement of undercover investigation of illegal sales at gun shows
Gun Show Undercover—The City of New York launched an undercover investigation to expose how a dangerous loophole allows guns to get into the hands of criminals.
The vast majority of people who either visit or sell guns at gun shows are law-abiding citizens and dealers.
However, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms , and Explosives (ATF) reports that 30 percent of guns involved in federal illegal gun trafficking investigations are connected to gun shows.
This multi-state undercover investigation exposed how easy it is for criminals to buy guns at gun shows.
The City of New York investigated 7 gun shows in 3 states involving buys from 47 gun sellers using hidden cameras.
The investigation videos showed that 35 out of 47 sellers approached by undercover investigators at these gun shows sold guns illegally.
The term “gun show loophole” is often used to describe the fact that federal law allows private sellers to sell firearms without background checks or record keeping.
While private sellers are exempted from running background checks no matter where they make the sale, this loophole is associated with gun shows because they are the largest and most central marketplace where these private sellers can easily connect with purchasers who wish to avoid detection.
More @ Gun Show Undercover
Gun Show Undercover by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Gun Show Undercover (full report .pdf)
posted by GeoT
The U.S. Supreme Court reconvenes for its 2009-10 term on Oct. 5, with most of the attention going to the court’s freshest face, newly confirmed Justice Sonia Sotomayor. But Sotomayor and her eight colleagues won’t have a lot of time for orientation: the court will start immediately on a docket of controversial cases that will call on Justices to consider new facets of the Establishment Clause, gun ownership and prison terms for minors, among other issues. In total, the Justices have already agreed to hear 55 cases in the new term. Here are five to keep an eye on.
Justices of the Supreme Court 2009-10 term
* Salazar v. Buono
At issue: Whether the government can permit the display of a crucifix on public land as per the Establishment Clause.
* Maryland v. Shatzer
At issue: The scope of the rights of police suspects, as given in the court’s landmark 1966 decision, Miranda v. Arizona.
*Graham v. Florida / Sullivan v. Florida
At issue: Whether life imprisonment for juveniles on nonhomicide charges constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.
*National Rifle Association v. Chicago / McDonald v. Chicago
At issue: Second Amendment rights to gun ownership.
*American Needle v. National Football League
At issue: Whether sporting leagues should be exempt from antitrust regulations.
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