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A House subcommittee has shot down a bill to require background checks for all gun purchases in Tennessee.

Hundreds of people were lined up when the gun show opened at the fairgrounds in Miami. It was mostly men, but there were quite a few women and even some kids. Winter is a busy time for gun sales in Florida. But this gun show was busier than usual.

Even before President Obama announced actions aimed at tightening controls on gun purchases, sales were up — partly in reaction to terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernadino.


On Black Friday, Kentuckians headed to stores to purchase the typical tablets, televisions and toys.

But for some, firearms were the hot item.

On that single day, more than 13,000 firearm background checks were processed in Kentucky, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. That’s just a small sample of the number of background checks conducted for the purpose of selling firearms in the state.

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In his final days in office, Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear has signed an emergency regulation implementing mandatory national background checks on nursing home and long-term care facility employees.

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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says he's disappointed that the Senate has rejected expanded background checks for gun purchases.

Kirk was one of four Republicans to vote in favor of the proposal, which failed Wednesday, 56-46. Five Senate Democrats voted against the measure.

KY House Passes Nursing Home Background Checks Bill

Mar 7, 2012

The Kentucky House has approved a proposal to create a registry of people ineligible for employment at long-term care facilities based on criminal record checks.  The bill passed 62-36 Tuesday.  The bill, which would fingerprint prospective employees as part of the background check process, would be initially funded by a $3 million federal grant and a $1 million state grant.