Enforcement of gun laws hinges on local sheriffs' interpretation of Second Amendment

Rural sheriffs across the country are by protesting gun control laws

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheriff":

"… e School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Sheriff Mike Lewis considers himself the last man standing for the people of Wicom …"

"… ictions, News21 found. Some are refusing to enforce the laws altogether. Sheriffs in states like New York, Colorado and Maryland argue that some gun contro …"

"… nent. They’re joined by groups like Oath Keepers and the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, both of which encourage law enforcement o …"

"… orcement officers to take a stand against gun control laws. The Role of a Sheriff Lewis and some other Sheriffs across the nation, most of them elected by …"

Fearing for the Second Amendment, militia groups grow in number

By Alex Lancial and Jim Tuttle

Fear of interference with Second Amendment rights and suspicion of elected officials have provoked a rise in self-described patriot militias

Excerpts from this story referencing "Idaho":

"… he last militia movement was sparked in part by events in Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco, Texas, sieges that tuned in to deadly standoffs with f …"

Activists say gun debate overlooks gun-related deaths of children

By Kate Murphy and Jordan Rubio

An investigation found that at least 28,000 children and teens 19-years-old and younger were killed with guns in America over 10 years

Excerpts from this story referencing "Idaho":

"… as 14 when he shot himself at his grandparent’s house in Fremont County, Idaho. He was shooting targets when his pistol went off and pierced his abdomen. …"

Firearms more likely to be used in suicides than in homicides

By Carmen Forman and Jacob Byk

At least 50 people died per day from firearm suicide; 26 died from firearm homicides.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… FBI received limited homicide data from Illinois and Alabama and none from Florida. That firearm suicides outnumbered firearm homicides doesn’t surprise M …"

Women become increasingly involved in gun groups

By Lauren Loftus and Natalie Krebs

Thanks in part to targeted marketing, more women are buying guns for protection and sport

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… graphics. Karen Callaghan, an associate professor of political science at Texas Southern University, who is writing a book on the organization, described …"

"… lf-defense is the common theme among women’s shooting groups. In Austin, Texas, Sure Shots women’s pistol league and monthly magazine focus a …"

"… to guns, she did not get directly involved in the industry until moving to Texas several years ago, she said. “I got a gun, started training with it, an …"

"… debate would covet,” she said. The only lobbyist for gun rights in the Texas Legislature is a woman named Alice Tripp. The membership of Texas Sta …"

Gun rights debate enters a new arena: the campus

By Wade Millward and Carmen Forman

The right to carry a firearm onto college campuses has become another issue in the gun control debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "Idaho":

"… Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University POCATELLO, Idaho — Derek Sommer carries a concealed handgun almost everywhere he goes the …"

"… handgun almost everywhere he goes these days, including onto the campus of Idaho State University — an illegal act until recently. Under an Idaho law th …"

"… pus of Idaho State University — an illegal act until recently. Under an Idaho law that took effect July 1, nearly 3,000 Idaho residents with enhanced co …"

"… until recently. Under an Idaho law that took effect July 1, nearly 3,000 Idaho residents with enhanced concealed carry permits — people like Sommer — …"

State lawmakers take aim at federal gun control

By Justine McDaniel, Robby Korth and Jessica Boehm

A growing collection of state legislatures seeks to disqualify federal gun control laws

Excerpts from this story referencing "Idaho":

"… eaken the federal government’s authority over firearms in his state. In Idaho, the Legislature unanimously passed a law to keep any future federal gun m …"

Evolution of public-carry laws expands gun rights

By Kristen Hwang and Kate Murphy

Public-carry has moved from rare to widespread in the wake of recent shooting incidents

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 "Congress":

"… of millions of dollars on its broad range of programs. Though its grip on Congress has loosened somewhat, it still isn’t letting major federal legislation …"

"… ilt-in base of support. It has worked to build strong ties with members of Congress to back its lobbying and political efforts. Today, the NRA says it has 5 m …"

"… at would include sales online and at gun shows. A bill like that failed in Congress last year. Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., whose husband was killed in a c …"

"… commuter train shooting in 1993, has been a vocal gun control advocate in Congress since the 1990s. “So many members in the House and the Senate started t …"

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

By Nicholas Kusnetz

A year after Newtown, communities searching for answers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "State legislature":

"… gmenting the 10,000 or so that had already patrolled hallways nationwide. State legislatures have taken a host of additional steps. Lawmakers sponsored bills on schoo …"

Gun groups raising unprecedented cash in 2013

By Adam Wollner and Reity O'Brien

Advocates, opponents of firearms control gin up money machine as Congress debates legislation.

As firearm ownership rises, Florida gun murders increase

In the last decade, gun murders in Florida have surged 38 percent. Experts are divided about the cause.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida State University":

"… ore opportunities for gun murders. Gary Kleck, a criminology professor at Florida State University and an expert on guns, said the number of people applying for background c …"

Gun groups hire new lobbyists to storm Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

Pro-gun, anti-gun groups register new government affairs representatives.

Writer to discuss ATF story on 'Washington Journal'

By The Center for Public Integrity

Alan Berlow will appear on 'Washington Journal' to discuss his recent story about the ATF

Current gun debate may not help beleaguered ATF

By Alan Berlow

Federal gun cops handicapped by weak laws, stagnant budgets and Congressional restrictions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Bureau of Investigation":

"… and Explosives on the front lines of a major terrorism investigation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading the probe into the bombing at the Boston Marathon, but ATF is i …"

Super Bowl ad cost Mayors Against Illegal Guns $100,000

By Michael Beckel

Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns drops $100K on ad during NFL's biggest game of the year, new records show.

ATF's struggle to close down firearms dealers

By Fred Schulte

Agency's crippled oversight of the industry means troubled gun dealers can stay open for years.

After Sandy Hook shootings, NRA campaign clout still formidable

By Joe Eaton

Will Connecticut shooting change the calculus?

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… ary school lunchbox.”The NRA did not respond to requests for comment. …"

New study affirms the grim role played by US guns in Mexican violence

By Aaron Mehta and R. Jeffrey Smith

More than two-thirds of the arms seized over five years came from U.S. sellers.

Children's Defense Fund report on kids' gun deaths, new gun laws

By Susan Ferriss

Children's Defense Fund says more kids killed by gunfire than military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… cs and Glocks,” the law was the first of its kind, according to the National Rifle Association, which helped draft it. It was inspired, supporters say, by a Florida coup …"

"… set when they were told they should find another doctor.Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association's lobbyist in Florida, told National Public Radio, “We take our children …"

NRA pushed 'stand your ground' laws across the nation

By Susan Ferriss

Gun-rights group used endorsements, campaign cash and political pressure to spread laws nationwide.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oregon":

"… m: Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee Texas, Utah, Washington and West Virginia.To sp …"

Fatal Texas shooting highlights struggle to regulate replica guns

By Susan Ferriss

Texas shooting highlights struggles to regulate pellet guns, BB guns and toys.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… split-second decisions. But the legislation was vigorously opposed by the National Rifle Association and makers and vendors of replica firearms. One of the main arguments pell …"

Carrying concealed weapons just keeps getting easier

By Rick Schmitt

A multitude of states have eased requirements to carry concealed weapons

Excerpts from this story referencing "HB":

"… .45 caliber Colt. I carried that weapon for over 20 years,” he said. “HB 45 … It just has a great ring.”His colleagues apparently agreed. The b …"

Rick Perry's devotion to NRA-backed proposals reaps campaign aid and grassroots support

By Peter H. Stone

Rick Perry has signed 17 pro-gun bills while governor of Texas

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… presidential candidacy, he was a star draw at a Houston luncheon where the National Rifle Association was hunting for big bucks and touting its political clout.The May 26 bash …"

Justice Department enacts rule for reporting of rifle sales along the Southwest border

By Corbin Hiar

The Justice Department has implemented a controversial rule to require reporting of multiple rifle sales along the border

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… a contention broadly supported by the Justice IG report. Nevertheless, the National Rifle Association, the largest gun rights organization in the U.S., was quick to condemn the …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "judge":

"… purchases by those who have been ordered into mental health treatment by a judge. Lawmakers are now discussing new initiatives, but face a high bar, as leg …"

"… iciency. The state’s judiciary has no standard practice in place to have judges instruct clerks to report court adjudications of mental incompetence. &nb …"

"… onsible citizen since,’ ’’ he observes. “But do you want to be the judge that signs off on that? That’s a tough one. Do you want to be the legisl …"

Weak laws, paltry resources hinder gun trafficking probes, say ATF backers

By David Heath

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is under fire, but supporters say the agency lacks the tools needed to conduct succe

Mexico demands information on controversial ATF gun investigation

By John Solomon

Mexico's foreign ministry is demanding information from the U.S. government on a controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Expl

Romanian weapons modified in the U.S. become scourge of Mexican drug war

By Rick Schmitt and Rick Young

Center story focused on Romanian weapon now targeted by Feinstein legislation

Excerpts from this story referencing "William Sucher":

"… Century is a small business, but one with outsized influence.Its founder, William Sucher, got his start overhauling and selling old office equipment. He turned to …"

History repeat?

By Peter H. Stone

The killing spree by an Arizona man wielding a semiautomatic pistol with a high-capacity magazine raises the prospect of a fresh debate on w