Orlando gunman’s job raises questions about security guard screening

The shooter who murdered 49 people and wounded 53 in the Orlando nightclub attack was a private security guard with a major security contractor who held a gun license despite being a Hezbollah member with ties to al Qaeda, reports Christina A. Cassidy in the Associated Press.

Now questions are being asked about how the security industry screens the guards it hires to protect us.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics,as of May 2015, more than 1 million security guards protect US businesses, hospitals, schools and government buildings. The oversight, training and screening of security guards varies from state to state. At least 6 states do not require security guards to be licensed at all. It appears that 15 states do not require training for guards.

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