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 "judge":

"… rounds and established background checks for private gun sales. A federal judge said the sheriffs couldn't sue as elected officials, so Weld County Sherif …"

"… ens. Cooke was the lead plaintiff in the lawsuit, which a federal district judge threw out in June. He and the other plaintiffs are preparing an appeal. …"

"… . He and the other plaintiffs are preparing an appeal. “It’s not (the judge’s) job to tell me what I can and can’t enforce,” Cooke said. “I’ …"

"… ee with are acting out of turn. Constitutional sheriffs are not lawyers or judges, Frosh said, which means they are following their convictions instead of …"

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 "Texas":

"… as sparked in part by events in Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco, Texas, sieges that tuned in to deadly standoffs with federal agencies. He noted …"

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 "Baltimore":

"… pidemic of Violence Zeke Cohen, executive director of The Intersection, a Baltimore youth advocacy group, said the dialogue on guns only seems to pierce the n …"

"… ng in the door.” A young black girl growing up on her own in inner-city Baltimore, in a state with one of the highest percentage of black youth gun deaths i …"

"… their relationships,” Chevalier said. Cohen started The Intersection, a Baltimore youth advocacy group, after he was held at gunpoint in his Maryland apartm …"

"… “There is too much access. It’s easier for a child to buy a firearm in Baltimore than it is to buy a pack of cigarettes,” Cohen said. “The less guns th …"

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 "National Rifle Association":

"… the firearms available, Berman said. “The problem of course is the NRA (National Rifle Association) and their interpretation that any attempt even to talk about safe storage …"

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 "National Rifle Association":

"… n & Social Media One of the strongest allies of the gun industry, the National Rifle Association, capitalized on the women and guns trend. In the last few years, the NRA h …"

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 "Colorado":

"… led guns on campus if their college grants permission. Attempts to start a Colorado referendum to end campus carry there ended in failure. Groups like SCC, m …"

"… ols and some public buildings from concealed carry of guns. Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi and Wisconsin — and now Idaho — have laws on the …"

"… ents store guns in their cars to leaving policy decisions to the schools. Colorado courts sided with SCC in 2010 and 2012, ruling the state’s public univer …"

"… ated a 2003 state law giving the legislature sole gun regulation control. Colorado colleges still regulate guns in dorms, dining halls and event centers. Uni …"

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

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "spokeswoman":

"… olent arrests are not carrying guns in public,” said Brina Milikowsky, a spokeswoman at Everytown for Gun Safety. Gun owners making legal purchases are requir …"

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 "National Rifle Association":

"… ttention on the topic have not been enough to change federal gun laws. The National Rifle Association, still the most powerful entity in the war over guns in America, no longer …"

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 "Kansas":

"… states, with six other states actually passing laws — Alabama, ArKansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas — according to NCSL. Some districts have …"

"… shoot a teacher holding a gun. EMC Insurance Companies, which covers most Kansas districts, reacted to a new law passed in that state by saying it would de …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… did not top $70,000, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The National Rifle Association has also had a big year, raising more than three times the money this year …"

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 "Virginia":

"… concerns people is the murder rate overall,” Lott said from his home in Virginia. “People want to see it go down, and if it has, whether guns were involv …"

Gun groups hire new lobbyists to storm Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Association for Gun Rights":

"… rms control a central piece of his public agenda. The Virginia-based National Association for Gun Rights registered Christopher Kuper, its director of federal legislation, as its …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "ATF":

"… e Center for Public Integrity, Current gun debate may not help beleaguered ATF. In his article, Berlow reports on how Congressional restrictions and the …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"… Beautiful," along with 1999 congressional testimony by Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Association's current executive vice president and CEO. "The NRA once supported backg …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "National Rifle Association":

"…   ATF criticized By contrast, some gun-rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, have blasted ATF oversight as arbitrary and unfair — and are lobbying t …"

After Sandy Hook shootings, NRA campaign clout still formidable

By Joe Eaton

Will Connecticut shooting change the calculus?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Josh Mandel":

"… By contrast, more recently some NRA-backed candidates have lost, including Josh Mandel, the 2012 Republican challenger to incumbent Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, and …"

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 Public Radio":

"… .Marion Hammer, the National Rifle Association's lobbyist in Florida, told National Public Radio, “We take our children to pediatricians for medical care — not moral j …"

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 "Mitch Daniels":

"… y lawmakers benefited from NRA support. In Indiana, for instance, GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels, who took office in 2005, received $12,400 in NRA donations between 2004 a …"

Fatal Texas shooting highlights struggle to regulate replica guns

By Susan Ferriss

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

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 "Arizona":

"… esults in about an hour – no prior experience necessary. Last year, Arizona decided to allow citizens to carry concealed weapons without any permit at …"

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

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

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 "Washington":

"… r’s note, September 19, 2013: The tragic shootings this week at the Washington Navy Yard have rekindled debate over what more might be done to keep firea …"

"… on the records that it does have. The NICS headquarters, four hours from Washington on a West Virginia hill top, has the look and feel of a finely honed retai …"

"… lth has created a major new stumbling block. The Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based gun control group, charged that the measure showed how the legislati …"

"… Kristen Mahoney, president of the National Criminal Justice Association, a Washington-based nonprofit advocacy group of state and local law enforcement official …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… export of weapons,” wrote five U.S. attorneys from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas last December as they lobbied for tougher sentencing …"

"… xico; Iknadosian’s lawyer said the conversation was mischaracterized.The Arizona U.S. Attorney wouldn’t bring charges against the gun dealer. The state A …"

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

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