Some analysts believe anxiety and fear are driving the spike.
A reporter was recently confused for a serial felon when a landlord did a tenant screening on him.
New rules on patient privacy and mental health records for gun background check.
The government is suing BMW and discount retailer Dollar General, saying their use of criminal background checks unfairly discriminates against African Americans.
In most states, buyers fill out a federal form that the gun dealer keeps in his shop. In restrictive states, for some guns, buyers need to provide references.