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 "Colorado":

"… efusing to enforce the laws altogether. Sheriffs in states like New York, Colorado and Maryland argue that some gun control laws defy the Second Amendment an …"

"… the U.S. Constitution, it is listed in state constitutions: Article XIV of Colorado’s, Article XV of Delaware’s, Part VII of Maryland’s and ARTICLE XIII …"

"… ing a firearm for target shooting, we’re not bothering those people.” Colorado made national headlines when 55 of the state’s 62 sheriffs attempted to …"

"… thick stack of praise and thank-you notes in his office. He’ll run for a Colorado Senate seat in November and is endorsed by the state’s major gun lobby, …"

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 "Mississippi":

"… our houses,” said Robert Mitchell, commander of the Citizens Militia of Mississippi. “That doesn't exist anymore. Maybe it sounds cliche, maybe it sounds li …"

"… A little over a year ago, Mitchell started the Citizens Militia of Mississippi, which now claims nearly 150 official members – a number that membe …"

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 "Arizona State University":

"… ered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University For every U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan during 11 years of war, at l …"

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

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

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 "Arizona State University":

"… ered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Across the country, a thriving dissatisfaction with the U.S. government …"

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 "Minnesota":

"… rad Leeser, 58, a member of the NRA and Gun Owners of America in Moorhead, Minnesota. Gun rights voters tend to be single-issue voters, meaning they prioritiz …"

"… es passed laws this year to help remove firearms from domestic abusers. In Minnesota Everytown helped draft the bill. Since the Heller ruling, the NRA has hel …"

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 "school board":

"… re of the school?” he said. “Whether you’re taking about Congress or school boards, history tells us the answer is no.” A different culture Matt Dossey i …"

"… Dossey had first proposed the idea of arming teachers to the seven-member school board after he came to the district in 2011, citing Harrold, a rural distri …"

"… f kids, you’ve got to be careful,” said Keith Taylor, president of the school board of trustees. “It’s an added safety risk.” Sandy Hook convinced Tayl …"

"… t freed up about $240,000. Within days of the shooting, Agostine asked the school board to devote the savings to additional security spending. They hired consulta …"

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 Association for Gun Rights":

"… o Hunter’s Defense Fund, the club’s super PAC arm formed in February. National Association for Gun Rights collected a measly $80 this year through its political action committee, w …"

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 Center for Investigative Reporting":

"… added one more homicide to Florida’s growing number of gun murders. The Florida Center for Investigative Reporting is a nonprofit news organization supported by foundations and individual c …"

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

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 "Bloomberg":

"… ton, D.C., audience. The nonprofit, headed by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Tom Menino, paid $100,000 to run the spot on CBS aff …"

"… s, Mayors Against Illegal Guns also sponsored an ad. That message featured Bloomberg and Menino touting their citie's NFL teams as well as the need for "common …"

"… for "common sense reforms" to "keep guns out of the hands of criminals." Bloomberg and Menino launched Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2007, and the coalition …"

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 "inspector":

"… dure for policing gun dealers nationwide. Some dealers don’t see an ATF inspector for eight years or more. By law, ATF can inspect dealers once a year only …"

"… iticism from all quarters. The process often drags on for years after ATF inspectors discover what they consider serious violations of firearms sales laws. De …"

"… ue that the laws favor dealers over public safety and that ATF has too few inspectors to do its job properly. One group favoring tighter gun controls meeting …"

"… rom purchasing firearms,” according to court records. In March 2007, ATF inspectors returned and found two similar cases as well as the rifle sales to straw …"

After Sandy Hook shootings, NRA campaign clout still formidable

By Joe Eaton

Will Connecticut shooting change the calculus?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tammy Baldwin":

"… . Tommy Thompson, who was defeated for a Wisconsin Senate seat by Democrat Tammy Baldwin.Liberals are hoping that revulsion over the Connecticut shooting could fur …"

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.

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 "Michael Coleman":

"… me people around the capital are still scratching their heads. One critic, Michael Coleman, the mayor of Columbus, has suggested that the legislature “should do un …"

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 "NRA":

"… gun aficionados and longtime Perry mega donors, according to two attendees.NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre gave an impassioned talk about gun …"

"… e gave an impassioned talk about gun rights that included an update on the NRA’s vaunted grassroots get out the vote operations which can sway tough el …"

"… ng for president.The luncheon may yield dividends for Perry as well as the NRA. It attracted several Texans who have since become major fundraisers for P …"

"… liams. Williams told the gathering that his company gave $1 million to the NRA’s Freedom Action Foundation in 2010 and would do so again in 2012.On the …"

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 "Bush administration":

"… National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), Congress and the Bush administration took decisive action to shore up the joint state-federal operation, which …"

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 "prosecutor":

"… to outlaw gun trafficking.Without a targeted federal gun trafficking law, prosecutors are forced to rely on other statutes that agents and prosecutors say are …"

"… king law, prosecutors are forced to rely on other statutes that agents and prosecutors say are difficult to enforce and riddled with loopholes.Chief among them: …"

"… themselves. Lying on the form is a crime. But in order to prove the lie, a prosecutor often must prove what the straw buyer was thinking when he or she bought t …"

"… s they didn’t know the guns were for the cartel.What’s more, even when prosecutors are able to convict a straw buyer, the sentences average only 12 months, …"

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 "Obama":

"… 2009, more than 50 mostly-Democratic members of Congress pleaded with the Obama Administration to alter its interpretation of the "sporting purposes" law …"

"… nal effort, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.), sent a new letter to President Obama, asking him once again to more tightly enforce the "sporting purposes" tes …"

"… 00 to $3,000 in Mexico, officials said.A matter of legal interpretationThe Obama administration says the process is perfectly legal.“There is no evidence …"

"… Some members of Congress have been frustrated in their efforts to get the Obama administration to change its position.A picture of the X Caliber storefron …"

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 "Obama":

"… tum for modest gun control legislation.”Further, it’s unclear what the Obama administration would do to help. During his 2008 campaign, President Obama …"

"… Obama administration would do to help. During his 2008 campaign, President Obama backed renewing the broader assault weapons ban. But since taking office, …"

"… backed renewing the broader assault weapons ban. But since taking office, Obama hasn’t prodded Congress to take action. Over the years, public opinion h …"