Sunday, February 17, 2019

Happened again

Government allowed a violent felon to buy a handgun he should have been, by law, barred from purchasing.

Via Chicago Sun-Times, on last week's mass shooting in Aurora, Illinois:

Court records show Martin was convicted of aggravated assault in the stabbing of a woman in Mississippi in 1995. He’d also been arrested six times previously by Aurora police, most recently in 2008 for violating an order of protection, Ziman revealed Saturday. 
Ziman said the assault conviction might not have appeared on a criminal background check when Martin applied and was approved in January 2014 for a Firearm Owners Identification card. 
In March of that year, Martin applied to buy a handgun from an Aurora gun dealer, and he was approved within five days. 
Five days after that, Martin applied for a concealed carry permit. When Martin’s felony conviction was discovered during the background check for that license, his application was denied and his FOID card was revoked. 
However, his Smith & Wesson handgun — the same weapon used in Friday’s shooting — was never confiscated.
More background checks aren't the answer.

How 'bout we get a government that will effectively use laws already on the books?