Daily Bulletin: Domestic Homicides Are Rising, Threatening Long-term Gains

Daily Bulletin: Domestic Homicides Are Rising, Threatening Long-term Gains

Gun Rights

[Shutterstock] Good morning, Bulletin readers . Democratic lawmakers in Illinois moved to close a gap in the background check system that allowed the perpetrator of a shooting spree to buy a weapon despite having a felony record. The Trace has the inside story, a partnership with the Chicago Sun-Times , below, along with the rest of your Wednesday briefing. Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. NEW FROM THE TRACE A package of bills in Illinois would require fingerprints as part of gun background checks. After state Democrats introduced the legislation, The Trace checked in with our Midwest correspondent Brian Freskos about how it all came about: When the Illinois State Police released a statement revealing how the gunman who killed five people at an Aurora manufacturing facility in February acquired the murder weapon, one detail caught my attention: An initial background check based on the gunman’s name and birthdate didn’t turn up anything that would have precluded him from gun ownership. It was only later, when the police ran the gunman’s fingerprints for a concealed carry permit, that they discovered his out-of-state felony conviction for a violent assault. What’s the difference between a background check based on biographical info versus one based on fingerprints? Quite a lot, it turns out. As my story published yesterday in partnership with the Chicago Sun-Times shows, background checks based on biographical information are so vulnerable to inaccuracy that Congress banned their use in certain occupational licensing and […]

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