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 "Law":

"… ederal government is the supreme Law of the land.” The Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights nonprofit that classifies and combats hate and extr …"

"… and a bystander in June. Media representatives from the Southern Poverty Law Center did not return phone calls and emails requesting comment. Franklin …"

"… h Keepers extremely dangerous to the system.” The Future of Gun Control Laws Self-proclaimed constitutional sheriffs hope that courts will oust gun c …"

"… ntrol measures in their states — but they recognize that may not happen. Lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of gun control legislation in Maryl …"

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 "Arizona":

"… ered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Fear of the federal government’s interference with Sec …"

"… said Cope Reynolds, a member of the White Mountain Militia in Show Low, Arizona. “If everything were not protected by the Second Amendment, the governme …"

"… anch, a tactical shooting range and survival training facility in Kingman, Arizona. He considers this type of training to be necessary preparation for a time …"

"… et them have any of mine.” Charles Heller is the co-founder of the Arizona Citizens Defense League and spokesman for Jews for the Preservat …"

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

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.

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 "New Mexico":

"… r person, also a woman, Tara Mica-Reilly, the NRA state liaison for Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana and Mississippi. “I believe that women bring patience and lo …"

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 "Wisconsin":

"… concealed carry of guns. Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi and Wisconsin — and now Idaho — have laws on the books that allow students to concea …"

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 "South Dakota":

"… ral regulation doesn’t apply to guns manufactured in the state. Wyoming, South Dakota and Arizona have had laws protecting “firearms freedom” from the U.S. …"

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 "Arizona":

"… ered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University Number of states that prohibited concealed carry in 1981 …"

"… nto my side,” said Lee Bird, owner of Twin Birds Saddlery in Wickenburg, Arizona, 60 miles northwest of Phoenix. Bird openly carries a .38 Smith & Wess …"

"… ly carry, sometimes he keeps his gun concealed in his briefcase or pocket. Arizona has some of the strongest gun rights laws in the country. It is one of sev …"

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 "Connecticut":

"… months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some would say little has changed when it comes to guns in America. Othe …"

"… ouse by Democratic Reps. Mike Thompson of California and Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut, whose district includes Newtown. It is still in committee. In the same m …"

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 "sheriff":

"… oryell and Hamilton counties, and it’s more than 15 miles to the nearest sheriff’s department. The town is unincorporated, so it has no government and no …"

"… ers for the program before buying them standard guns and tapping the local sheriff to help with training. The district has kept their identities secret to pr …"

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 "Federal Election Commission":

"… on from the beginning of January through the end of June, according to new Federal Election Commission filings. That was more than any other super PAC raised during that period. …"

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 "Obama":

"… rage, which a recent Gallup Poll put it at 47 percent. “Since President Obama took office, people expected him to get tougher on guns,” Kleck says. …"

"… ease” in gun murders, Wood said. “The people who are buying guns after Obama are not the ones committing the murders.” Ladd Everitt, communications …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… firearms control, the other opposed to it — have registered new federal lobbyists, according to U.S. Senate filings made available this afternoon. The reg …"

"… pher Kuper, its director of federal legislation, as its first-ever federal lobbyist, filings show. Documents list "firearm background checks," "assault weapo …"

"… ial assistant to President George W. Bush and Google's first in-house lobbyist, will handle the account for the 501(c)(4) arm of Mayors Against Ille …"

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 "Drug Enforcement Administration":

"… encies such as the FBI had seen “dramatic expansions.” Since 1972, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s staff has more than doubled, while the FBI’s is up by two-thirds. Th …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… been convicted of a crime of domestic violence, among other violations. A Tennessee pawnshop had sold guns to 16 people despite “reason to believe” (from …"

After Sandy Hook shootings, NRA campaign clout still formidable

By Joe Eaton

Will Connecticut shooting change the calculus?

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms":

"… singed their fingers.The notorious “Fast and Furious” operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms — one in a string of attempts over a nearly decade-long period to tag an …"

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 "Violence":

"… are stored in homes to ensure child safety.The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical groups filed su …"

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 "American Legislative Exchange Council":

"… A said in an Aug. 12, 2005 website posting, it approached the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council, which drafts legislation for like-minded state lawmakers. ALEC, as it is …"

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 "California":

"… gh to raise concerns, especially among law enforcement personnel.  In California, for example, about 1,330 school suspensions were issued to students for b …"

"… cording to state data analyzed by the Center for Public Integrity. Seventy California students were expelled for this offense during the same year. And, even t …"

"… guns come up, controversy and opposition are sure to follow. The state of California was the scene of such a high-stakes battle over an attempt at “look-alik …"

"… s.  Some states have enacted their own laws governing appearances. In California, for example, non-firing toy guns are supposed to always be brightly color …"

Carrying concealed weapons just keeps getting easier

By Rick Schmitt

A multitude of states have eased requirements to carry concealed weapons

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "House of Representatives":

"… dget nixed the effort to expedite the rule. Days after the OMB ruling, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to try to kill the proposed rule.ATF  has for ye …"

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 "Violence Policy Center":

"… ts once they return to health has created a major new stumbling block. The Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based gun control group, charged that the measure showed how …"

"… found them to be a magnet for gang members from Mexico and California. The Violence Policy Center has referred to gun shows as “Tupperware Parties for Criminals.” Amer …"

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 "Phoenix":

"… ght case against George Iknadosian, the owner of the X Caliber gun shop in Phoenix, and straw buyers who were allegedly working for a pair of brothers, Cesar …"

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 "Alfonso Gutierrez Loera":

"… nder fire. A short gun battle ensued. Two suspects were injured, including Alfonso Gutierrez Loera, the cousin of Joaquin Guzman Loera, as police overran what was a weapons …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Frank Lautenberg":

"… the wake of the Arizona bloodbath, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, D-N.Y., and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., began working on legislation that would renew and strengthen the …"