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U.S. Gun Sales Soar Amid Pandemic, Social Unrest, Election Fears

Andreyah Garland, a 44-year-old single mother of three daughters, bought a shotgun in May for protection in the quaint middle-class town of Fishkill, New York. She joined a new and fast-growing local gun club to learn how to shoot. She …

Gun Demand Is Off the Charts in America

U.S. consumers are rushing to buy guns as the Covid-19 pandemic and protests over police brutality combine with U.S. presidential politics to fuel unprecedented demand. Firearm background checks compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a proxy for gun purchases, …

Court Allows Liability Lawsuit Against Government Over Flawed Background Check on Shooter

A lawsuit over a faulty background check that allowed a South Carolina man to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a Charleston church was reinstated Friday by a federal appeals court. A …

California to Require Background Checks for Ammo Purchases

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California has among the most stringent gun laws in the country and on Monday a far-reaching new initiative to curb violence will require background checks for every ammunition purchase. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other proponents said it …

Thousands Fail Background Checks for Uber, Lyft in Massachusetts

Massachusetts officials say more than 10 percent of drivers for ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft have failed a required background check. More than 62,000 drivers passed, including some who drive for both companies. About 8,200 failed the checks, which are …

Uber Litigator Explains Insurance Coverage, Defends Background Checks

The goal of six year old Uber is to provide reliable transportation to everyone, everywhere. Uber is currently in 596 cities and dealing with global regulations requires an insurance product that is diverse and fluid, according to Kathleen Waitzman, legal …

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Suggests Home Safety Law

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney says he’d like to see security system sales people subject to background checks. The Picayune Item reports that Chaney told a local civic club this past week that the checks would prevent criminals from impersonating …