Decades old gun control debate reshaped by new advocacy groups

The gun control movement has made significant gains in recent years, but the NRA remains king of the hill

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… lion; the NRA had spent nearly $2.7 million, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. With some groups’ finances remaining a mystery, the numbers are inconc …"

On anniversary of Virginia Tech shooting, law to close loophole hasn't accomplished much

By Gordon Witkin

Federal law designed to improve access to mental health records has proved disappointing.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Instant Criminal Background Check System":

"… ple who’d been judged mentally ill from buying firearms. Trouble is, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) established by the Brady Law hadn’t included thousands of relevan …"

Badly flawed background check system fails to contain firearms sales

By Rick Schmitt

Background check system is plagued by a host of data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred.

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"… d Explosives said the agency does not comment on individual applications. Illinois qualified for a federal grant but its own system for collecting mental hea …"

"… matic way. Only 41 of the 130,000 licensed practitioners and clinicians in Illinois are reporting adjudications of mental deficiency. The state’s judiciary …"

"… il, a Chicago-based advocacy group, which monitors efforts by the state of Illinois to improve its background check system.   Illinois has submitted 5,0 …"

"… s by the state of Illinois to improve its background check system.   Illinois has submitted 5,000 mental health records to NICS. Fineman estimates that …"

Tucson shooter was troubled, but could still buy a gun

By Kimberly Leonard

The months-long pattern of bizarre behavior by alleged Tucson shooter Jared Lee Loughner has once again raised questions about what sort of

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia":

"… al background check system.This issue came into sharp focus after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, when it was revealed that the shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, had e …"

"… and faculty on campus, before killing himself, according to authorities. A Virginia court had recognized Cho as mentally unstable, but the state failed to sub …"

"… records in summer 2010, up from 402,047 in January 2008, it said.Since the Virginia Tech shootings, the release said, a dozen states have passed legislation t …"

"… ation to improve their reporting. Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and then-Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, both Democrats, signed executive orders to improve record …"