Morning Security Brief: Background Checks on Gun Purchases, Nuclear Emergencies, and Law Enforcement Corruption
U.S. Senators agree to background checks at gun shows, a report urges the government to better research emergency response to a nuclear disaster, and two agents charged with investigating corruption are found falsifying records.
► According to an article in The Washington Post, the U.S. Senate has announced a proposal to expand background checks on gun purchases at gun shows and online. The proposal would not require a check on guns sold privately between individuals.
► A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report urges the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to study the effects of a nuclear disaster outside of a 10-mile area. While NRC is required to notify those within 10 miles of a nuclear facility about any emergency preparedness procedures and ensure that evacuations can take place, the GAO notes that the Japanese government evacuated within a 19-mile radius after the Fukushima incident. The report suggests that the NRC consider such an expansion. The NRC disagreed with the GAO, stating that its research indicated that “public response outside the zone would generally have no significant impact on evacuations.”
► Two Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agents who were charged with rooting out corruption among law enforcement officers have been accused of falsifying documents, according to NBC News. The two agents faked documents relating to seven investigations that involved U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers accepting bribes to allow drugs and undocumented immigrants to enter the United States.