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 "media attention":

"… ericans, impose martial law on a state and blockade cities. CSPOA grabbed media attention in February with a growing list of sheriffs — 484 as of late July -- pro …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Suicidology":

"… been loosely studied for the past 20 years by the American Association of Suicidology, a research and education organization based in Washington, D.C., that was …"

"… un ownership. Alan Berman, former director of the American Association of Suicidology, said there is a direct correlation between gun ownership and death by sui …"

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 "Oregon":

"… empt K-12 schools and some public buildings from concealed carry of guns. Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Mississippi and Wisconsin — and now Idaho — h …"

"… to colleges allowing concealed guns. A 2011 lawsuit by a division of the Oregon Firearms Federation led to a state court striking the Oregon state educati …"

"… vision of the Oregon Firearms Federation led to a state court striking the Oregon state education board’s ban against guns on campuses. The victories are …"

"… ampuses. The victories are not complete. As in other campus carry states, Oregon universities insist they can limit guns in buildings, and the Oregon state …"

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 "player":

"… thical presence as a political lobby, the NRA is still the best-positioned player in the debate by far, bringing in and spending hundreds of millions of dol …"

"… key, Gross, president of the Brady Campaign, said. Everytown, the newest player, has perhaps the biggest presence in the news and is the largest of the ad …"

"… ect our rights and freedoms,” she said. But these groups are still small players compared to the NRA. “The NRA is seen as the voice of gun owners. It d …"

Gun lobby's money and power still holds sway over Congress

By Alan Berlow and Gordon Witkin

But lawmakers' fear may not be entirely justified.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michael Bloomberg":

"… nt expenditures totaling at least $11.6 million by activist New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and groups tied to Bloomberg — nothing to sneeze at, but still just a fr …"

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 "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… a federal database used in gun background checks, according to a report by Mayors Against Illegal Guns. And unlike other states, Florida does not revisit approved background che …"

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 "Michael Bloomberg":

"… (c)(4) arm of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Among the issues on which Mayors Against …"

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.

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 "judge":

"… her prohibited buyers, like those who have been declared mentally ill by a judge. Records must be kept on file for 20 years and be available for inspection …"

"… ase on behalf of someone who is legally prohibited from doing so. Federal judges sided with the ATF in all three of these cases. But each case took three …"

Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns: 'Money is not all that matters'

By Michael Beckel

Mayors Against Illegal Guns sees 'intensity' on its side as its pitted against the National Rifle Association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… fety measures in the wake of the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., Mayors Against Illegal Guns will be pitted against the deep-pocketed National Rifle Association. That …"

"… ational Rifle Association. That doesn't faze Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a nonprofit launched in 2007 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and …"

"… e Center for Public Integrity. "Intensity matters a lot." Glaze said that Mayors Against Illegal Guns has seen more than 500,000 new supporters since the tragic shooting at San …"

"… there were before," Glaze said. Nevertheless, the NRA has dominated Mayors Against Illegal Guns when it comes to recent influence spending. Congressional records indicat …"

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.

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Virginia Tech":

"… should have been barred from buying the guns he used to kill 32 people at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. But five years after the shootings, a federal law desig …"

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.

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 "John Hohenwarter":

"… these rights even more important. “Probably now more than ever,” John Hohenwarter, the NRA lobbyist for Ohio told iWatch News, “people need the ability to …"

Fast and Furious hearing: Holder defends Assistant Attorney General Breuer

By Corbin Hiar

Attorney General Eric Holder and GOP lawmakers faced off again over what Justice department officials knew about the gun-trafficking probe

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

House hearing probes 'Fast and Furious' missteps, reveals White House link

By Corbin Hiar

GOP investigators criticize ATF gun-running probe, reveal White House link

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… p;at least 122 of these weapons were recovered in 48 separate incidents in Mexico.The report was compiled by staff working for Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chai …"

"… olved in Fast and Furious and the agency's staffers at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City. Carlos Canino, ATF’s acting attaché to Mexico, said that "as a re …"

"… the U.S. embassy in Mexico City. Carlos Canino, ATF’s acting attaché to Mexico, said that "as a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have …"

"… sniper rifles a Marine infantry regiment takes into battle.”Civilians in Mexico are not legally allowed to purchase high-caliber weapons. As a result, man …"

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 "Mexico":

"… hermore, the requirement is limited to four border states — Arizona, New Mexico, California and Texas. Federal authorities assert these types of guns are …"

"… guns…hinders ATF’s ability to disrupt the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.” Last December the ATF proposed the rule on an emergency basis, but in …"

"… e.ATF  has for years struggled to stem the flow of U.S. firearms into Mexico, a problem highlighted by controversy over the agency’s failed “Fast a …"

"… and Furious” operation. ATF agents sought to track the flow of guns into Mexico by selling weapons to buyers affiliated with the drug cartels only to late …"

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 "Virginia Tech":

"… ited should have been closed by now. Four years ago, after the massacre at Virginia Tech exposed gaps in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NIC …"

"… r again. The mental health loophole The horrific April 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech focused new attention on the NICS’ lack of access to many relevant menta …"

"… tes for that and then somebody that gets their rights restored has another Virginia Tech type incident? It’s a hard sell.” Even the most ardent supporters of …"

Family, agents decry "reckless" ATF gun operation on Mexican border

By Amy Biegelsen

Family of slain ATF agent testify at Congressional hearing on how guns slipped across border

Excerpts from this story referencing "government official":

"… hearing, flanked by the slain agent's mother and sister. "We ask that if a government official made a wrong decision that they admit their error and take responsibility …"

Forecast improving for proposed rule aimed at border gun trafficking

By David Heath

Controversial proposal to curb gun smuggling into Mexico likely to pass tracking

Assistant attorney general's office approved wiretap in controversial gun probe

By John Solomon and David Heath

High-level Justice Department officials approved wiretap in controversial gun probe

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

"… ico and the United States, in part because some front-line agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives opposed letting the weapons “walk” because of fears that might be used …"

Rep. Issa, Attorney General Holder clash over ATF gun trafficking probe

By David Heath

ATF is still on the hot seat for Fast and Furious investigation

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mexico":

"… tated that a gun used to kill another border agent – Jaime Zapata – in Mexico in March was not part of the Fast and Furious investigation.But discussion …"

"… e Department as a matter of policy does not allow guns to be smuggled into Mexico.  And in a letter sent Monday to Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Io …"

"… n Fast and Furious did not knowingly permit straw buyers to take guns into Mexico.”But in a letter responding to Holder yesterday,  Issa and Grassley …"

Gun shy: Firearms dealer worried ATF would let weapons slip to bad guy

By John Solomon

Arizona firearms dealer worried guns involved in ATF sting would end up with bad guys

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

"… border agents, according to evidence gathered by Senate investigators.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and federal prosecutors assured the dealer in e-mails that they were “co …"

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 "Mexico":

"… t and Furious investigation, which enabled at least 195 guns to cross into Mexico, point to what U.S. authorities say is a broader enforcement crisis. Their …"

"… eir efforts to stop drug cartels from smuggling thousands of firearms into Mexico each year are handcuffed, they say, by a debilitating lack of resources an …"

"… And despite launching Project Gunrunner in 2006 to stop gun smuggling into Mexico with money earmarked by Congress, the ATF has only 224 agents assigned to …"

"… ys, are “very weak,” the resources “very few.”Politics and practiceMexico’s President Felipe Calderὀn , who’s declared war on the drug cartels …"

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