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Gun sale background checks, ammo limits now law in Colorado


YARMOUTH, Maine—Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed three gun-control measures into law on Wednesday, including one that will require universal background checks for gun sales.

FBI: Americans buying guns in record numbers


WASHINGTON—New figures by the FBI show that during December and January, Americans have bought a record number of guns. 

To 'minimize risk,' Penn State expands background check policy


UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.—Penn State University has implemented a new policy that requires current employees in "sensitive" areas, as well as all future final job candidates and third-party employees, to undergo criminal background checks.

Airport vendors allowed to hire workers without full background checks


ATLANTA—Because of a backlog in requests for criminal background checks, airport vendors at this city's airport have been allowed to hire employees before receiving security clearance.

Current legislation calls for gun reform including background checks for all


WASHINGTON—Current legislation in the House and Senate aims to change the process in which American citizens buy firearms. On March 2, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 436: Fix Gun Checks Act of 2011 that would require all gun buyers to submit to a background check for every firearm sale, including those at gun shows and purchasing through private sellers.

Battle against ORC takes a big step with House passage

Friday, October 1, 2010

It seems like the effort to get federal legislation passed to combat organized retail crime has been a non-stop battle (you can find a little history on the effort here, here and here, if you're interested). While there's been some progress at the state level to increase the charges for participating in organize retail (Pennsylvania passed legislation in June making it a felony to participate at any level in ORC activity) there's been a stalemate at the federal level.

That is until this week. On Sept. 28, the House passed the Organized Retail Theft Investigation and Prosecution Act of 2010. This legislation will create a unit inside the U.S. Department of Justice to form a task force to investigate and prosecute ORC. The department has been authorized $5 million towards this effort (although that doesn't necessarily mean they'll actually receive the full allotted amount).

I spoke with John Emling, senior vice president of government affairs for RILA, about the legislation and he said providing this type of funding will give retailers and law enforcement agencies one place to go for the necessary resources to combat ORC and prosecute offenders. In case you missed the recent story about the city of Roseville's effort to combat ORC, adequate funding is often the most critical component to fighting ORC.

Emling said he is hopeful that the Senate will pass the bill during the lame duck session after Congress reconvenes after Nov. 15. Retailers and law enforcement have been waiting for years for this, a few more months won't kill them.