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 "New Hampshire":

"… ppened, Murphy said. State prevention measures Prevention specialists in New Hampshire and Nevada are looking at firearm suicides and working with gun stores and …"

"… Nevada is expanding on safety programs that started on the East Coast. New Hampshire had a firearm suicide rate of 7.36 per 100,000 people with 97 suicides in …"

"… r in 2009, three individuals walked into Riley’s Sport Shop in Hooksett, New Hampshire, and bought firearms they used to kill themselves hours later. Elaine Fran …"

"… rms they used to kill themselves hours later. Elaine Frank, creator of the New Hampshire Firearm Safety Coalition — of which the sport shop was a member — work …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Duke University":

"… al right to keep and bear arms,” said Joseph Blocher, a law professor at Duke University specializing in constitutional law. “Also, I think people have come to o …"

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 "Mike Thompson":

"… and domestic violence bill was introduced in the House by Democratic Reps. Mike Thompson of California and Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut, whose district includes N …"

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.

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.

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 "Senate":

"… , the ATF was the subject of virtually nonstop investigations by House and Senate committees and the Justice Department’s inspector general for conducting …"

"… s when lawmakers changed the position from an appointment to one requiring Senate confirmation. Jones is its fifth acting director in the past six years. S …"

"… oncerns about ATF’s “overly aggressive” enforcement of gun laws. The Senate also did not act on Obama’s first nominee, Andrew Traver, the chief of A …"

"… ies.” Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the Justice Department never produced documents …"

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.

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 "Democratic primary":

"… action. On Tuesday, Independence USA PAC announced its involvement in the Democratic primary in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District, where a special election is bei …"

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.

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.

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 …"

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 Kasich":

"… The billed passed the House by a vote of 56-39, and the Senate, 25-7; Gov. John Kasich signed it into law June 30.Background checkIf they seemed impatient, the f …"

"… ’s highest candidate rating. The credentials of his Republican opponent, John Kasich, were suspect ever since he voted for a national ban on assault weapons wh …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives":

"… d Furious,” an ill-conceived anti-gun-trafficking probe conducted by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The gun investigation allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the …"

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 "Andrew Arulanandam":

"… es that are very important to our members and supporters,” NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam told iWatch News.Perry could be a contender for an NRA endorsement during …"

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 "Judiciary Committee":

"… anel, and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.   The hearing also revealed a rift between ATF executives invol …"

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.

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

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 "ATF":

"… sp; of the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry last December, though ATF says they were not the murder weapons.The newly released memo – titled …"

"… n an “uncontrolled manner.” Holder said the Arizona probe conducted by ATF is under investigation by the department’s internal watchdog.Other memos …"

"… months before Breuer approved the wiretap –  that made clear  ATF expected  weapons to be transferred from the straw buyers to “co-co …"

"… izona, U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, approved of the strategy along with the ATF agent in charge of the Phoenix, William Newell.The January briefing paper …"

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

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 "Judiciary Committee":

"… gators for Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, are the latest twist in a growing controversy over an Obama administratio …"

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 "China":

"… being smuggled into Mexico, saying that he suspects many come from Russia, China and the black market.“Why the heck would these cartels want to waste the …"