Recent News & Events

 

Firearm Storage in Gun-Owning Households with Children: Results of a 2015 National Survey

A survey by the Journal of Urban Health finds that an estimated 4.6 million kids live in a home with at least one loaded and unlocked firearm. A couple of findings to think about:

  • ". . . female gun owners in homes with children are more likely than male gun owners in homes with children to store at least one gun loaded and unlocked."

  • "Households in which any gun is owned for protection are significantly more likely to contain a loaded and unlocked gun than are homes in which no guns are owned for protection, as are households with at least one handgun, compared to those with no handguns."

It does not have to be this way - there are a wide variety of reasonably priced quick-access handgun safes available at any major sporting goods retailer. 

 

House Votes to Extend the Background Check Completion Window

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to lengthen the window to complete a background check from three to ten business days. The bill is designed to close "the Charleston Loophole" where the murderer was able to purchase firearms when a federal background check failed to find a prior conviction within the current three day window allowed for completion of the check. Five African American parishioners were murdered in their Charleston, S.C. church in 2015. The bill now goes to the Senate. GOFRO supports this approach to strengthen the background check system.

 
A gun show in January in Las Vegas.

A gun show in January in Las Vegas.

House Passes Universal Background Checks Legislation

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Bipartisan Background Checks Act", which requires a background check on all sales/transfers of firearms, including at gun shows and internet sales. There are exceptions for family members and temporary transfers during hunting or at shooting ranges. GOFRO has long supported universal background checks at the state and national levels.

Here is a link to the actual bill - HR 8.