Badly flawed background check system fails to contain firearms sales

By Rick Schmitt

Background check system is plagued by a host of data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred.

Excerpts from this story referencing "West Virginia":

"… that it does have. The NICS headquarters, four hours from Washington on a West Virginia hill top, has the look and feel of a finely honed retail operation. Operat …"

"… investigators were able to purchase firearms in five states — Virginia, West Virginia, Montana, New Mexico and Arizona — using counterfeit driver’s licenses …"

Despite Tucson and rising needs, mental health takes a back budget seat

By Amy Biegelsen

States have cut $2.1 billion from their mental health budgets over the last three fiscal years, and more slashing is expected in coming week

Excerpts from this story referencing "Pima Community College":

"… ng the shooting, it was revealed that authorities had barred Loughner from Pima Community College, where he attended classes, until he was certified as fit by a mental heal …"

"… ntal health care even after it became a requirement for his readmission to Pima Community College. These are the situations that worry folks like Jackie Lukitsch, executive …"

Tucson shooter was troubled, but could still buy a gun

By Kimberly Leonard

The months-long pattern of bizarre behavior by alleged Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner has once again raised questions about what sort of

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tim Kaine":

"… ve their reporting. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and then-Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, both Democrats, signed executive orders to improve record submission, and …"