By Xochitl Bott, Marketing –
The 2nd Amendment in the US states that American citizens have the right to bear arms. The main purpose of these weapons is so the American people can protect themselves. But in recent years illegal gun purchases and acquirements have been rising, putting this amendment at risk. Recently, police in Massachusetts have stopped a man from continuing an illegal purchase because he was under a restraining order filed by his ex-wife.
On April 4, 2020, Joshua Meech was trying to buy a pistol from Bob Ward & Sons, Inc. Every gun purchase requires specific forms to be filled out to ensure that the person can legally own a gun. Meech filled out a Firearms Transaction Report, then he gave it to an employee so a background check can be done. But his request for a gun was denied. He had lied on the form.
Earlier that year, a restraining order was placed on Meech. This restraining order was an agreement between Meech and his ex-wife with his three minor kids. In this restraining order, known as a Stipulated Order, Meech was told he could not harass, violently act, threaten, abuse, or stalk his family. When Meech attempted to buy a gun this order was still active. The reason he was denied a gun was because this restraining order prohibited him from possessing any form of firearm or ammunition. On the Firearms Transaction Report, Meech lied saying he did not have a restraining order from harassing, stalking, or threatening any of his children or his spouse.
Imagine the danger the ex-wife and children could have been in if Meech purchased the gun. Meech was held on trial on September 28 and his sentencing is set for January 21, 2021. Because of the severity of his crimes, Meech can face up to 10 years in prison, along with a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
There are many instances happening around the world when someone lies on an important document and endangers the safety of others. In this scenario the police were quick to find out about Meech and stop him from committing any more domestic violence. But what if there was a way police could prove someone lied on their documents at a faster rate, like a Firearms Transaction Report or a job application? One option is EyeDetect®. EyeDetect is a new lie detector that only takes 30 minutes to figure out if someone is lying. Offering a range of topics for police and companies to use, this detector can figure out specific crimes a person is trying to hide from others. It has an 85% accuracy rate and can help enforce safety around the globe.