Need proof Alabamians love their guns? Here you go
Need proof Alabamians love their guns? Here you go:
There were 2.1 million background checks performed on prospective firearms buyers in July, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That figure represents a whopping 38 percent increase from the numbers from the same time a year ago and is just the latest record-breaking month as more Americans purchase guns.
Those skyrocketing numbers are seen in Alabama, too.
The number of federal firearm background checks more than doubled in Alabama from 2010 to 2015. A Bloomberg analysis showed there were 308,607 firearm background checks performed in Alabama 2010. By 2015, that number had grown to 737,509, an increase of 139 percent.
Nationally, Alabama saw the third greatest rate of increase, behind only Indiana (212 percent) and Delaware (162 percent).
Alabama’s figures work out to more than 129 firearms background checks for every 1,000 residents. So far this year, more than 377,414 firearm background checks have been performed in the state.
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John Lennon’s killer denied parole
The man who killed John Lennon will remain in prison.
Mark David Chapman was denied parole for a ninth time on Monday. Chapman shot the former Beatle on Dec. 8, 1980 outside the Manhattan apartment building where he lived with his wife, Yoko Ono.
Parole board members denied the 61-year-old Chapman’s request for release on the grounds his crime was premeditated and celebrity-seeking in nature.
Minnesota gun buyback program misfires
A Minneapolis gun buyback program took in mostly antiquated, unused or homemade firearms and collected few weapons that could be used in street crimes, critics said.
Two Minneapolis locations collected about 150 firearms last week but were forced to shut down after they ran out of $25,000 in gift cards that were being exchanged for the guns. The program allowed people to turn in guns anonymously and receive $15 to $300 in gift cards depending on the type of weapon submitted.
The weapons gathered during the buyback program will be decommissioned and given to artists to create anti-violence pieces.
Family sues Disney over bedbugs
A California family is suing Disneyland over claims they were bitten by bed bugs while staying at the Grand Californian Hotel and Spa.
Joseph and Danielle Jones said they brought their three daughters – ages 4, 9 and 16 – to the theme park in August 2014. While staying at the Grand Californian, the family said they experienced bites later identified as coming from bed bugs. The family had to throw out all clothes and luggage taken to the hotel and their youngest daughter suffered permanent scarring from the bites, they said.
The suit alleges battery, negligence, fraudulent concealment, nuisance and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and seeks unspecified damages.
Russian man volunteers for head transplant
A Russian man has volunteered for the first human head transplant.
Valery Spiridonov suffers from Werdnig-Hoffmann Disease, an often fatal genetic disorder that breaks down muscles and kills nerve cells. He is confined to a wheel chair.
Italian neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero announced last year he plans to perform the first human head transplant in 2017. Canavero said the operation would require 80 surgeons and cost tens of millions of dollars but would have a 90 percent chance of success.
Skeptics aren’t convinced.
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