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

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.

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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"… ho gained national attention by attacking four elderly nuns in a chapel in Waterville, stabbing and bludgeoning two of them to death. But Washington decided th …"

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