Enforcement of gun laws hinges on local sheriffs' interpretation of Second Amendment

Rural sheriffs across the country are by protesting gun control laws

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 "Vermont":

"… at if they do make an attempt it will be a lethal attempt,” Frank said. Vermont, another rural New England state, also is facing the problem of youth suic …"

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.

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 "Florida":

"… holsters to promote campus carry — from Washington state to Michigan to Florida. It operates with little funding, relying instead on volunteers and social …"

"… Hammer, a former NRA president and the organization's longtime lobbyist in Florida, said that NRA will use the state’s preemption law to push state legisla …"

"… g to fix that," said Hammer, one of 76 NRA board members. On July 30, the Florida Carry lobby lost its suit against the University of Florida over the unive …"

"… n July 30, the Florida Carry lobby lost its suit against the University of Florida over the university’s guns-in-cars policy and whether colleges must let …"

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 "Georgia":

"… ars: 16 In restaurants: 0 Guns are increasingly common in public spaces. Georgia’s Legislature recently passed the Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, whi …"

"… ngly common in public spaces. Georgia’s Legislature recently passed the Georgia Safe Carry Protection Act, which significantly expanded where gun owners c …"

"… Everywhere Bill.” “I open my front door and walk in public spaces in Georgia,” said Kathryn Grant, co-founder of the Georgia Gun Sense Coalition. “ …"

"… walk in public spaces in Georgia,” said Kathryn Grant, co-founder of the Georgia Gun Sense Coalition. “Most people don’t think about the potential of v …"

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 "New York":

"… y. Organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety, the group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, say they are moving the needle. “Now, for …"

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 "Max Baucus":

"… ed from a mere $30,830 in total funding from gun rights groups since 2000. Max Baucus of Montana (NRA A+) was the beneficiary of $28,830 while Arkansas Sen. Mar …"

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.

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… uns Action Fund has spent from $30,000 to $60,000 per quarter lobbying the federal government, until now using the Raben Group at its lone lobbying firm. …"

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 "International Association":

"… have enacted laws that require such reporting within 24 to 48 hours. The International Association of Chiefs of Police supports these laws, arguing that quick reporting of s …"

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 "Walmart":

"… d to whom. Gun dealers, from local pawnshops to big-box retailers such as Walmart,  also must submit buyers’ names for background checks to confirm t …"

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 "Politics":

"… ming majority of whom were Republicans, according to Center for Responsive Politics. Since 2009, the NRA has also put more than $1 million into state campaign …"

"… to state campaigns, according to the National Institute for Money in State Politics.The NRA has long been both respected and feared for its political muscle. …"

"… y Senate Democrat to receive NRA money, according to Center for Responsive Politics— announced that he may be open to gun control initiatives.Rep. John Yarm …"

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 "Seung-Hui Cho":

"… ms was detailed last spring by a Center for Public Integrity investigation. …"

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 "president":

"… children younger than 15.Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund president, writes in the report: “We must remove guns from our homes where childre …"

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 "Scott Burns":

"… justice system’s ability to hold people accountable for violent acts.”Scott Burns, the association’s executive director, said legislators’ decisions to …"

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 "Supreme Court":

"… that right under the Second Amendment remain far from clear under current Supreme Court precedents.At the same time, a nationwide decline in violent crime over th …"

"… the chair of the Ohio Republican Party, and the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.Members — 33,500 people subscribe to its weekly newsletter — are encou …"

"… and the double-barreled approach of the gun groups prevailed when the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that Clyde’s law was invalid.Garvas’ group won $8,500 in …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "presidential primary":

"… d iWatch News.Perry could be a contender for an NRA endorsement during the presidential primary season, a step that the gun group took only once before. In 2008, the NRA …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… e of Fast and Furious months before it became public. A Justice Department spokeswoman, however, said details of the investigation were unknown to senior Justice …"

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 "Secret Service":

"… a bullet in the President’s head." The information made its way to the Secret Service, which interviewed Geisel on Aug. 1, the same day Obama arrived in St. Pet …"

"… ing commitment records with law enforcement. After Geisel’s arrest, the Secret Service notified the ATF office in Maine, which tied Geisel to purchases of five o …"

"… . He could not be reached, and his attorney declined comment. He told the Secret Service that he had been a victim of physical and emotional abuse when he was youn …"

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 "Dianne Feinstein":

"… d access to military-style firearms coming from the United States,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said in a statement.Joined by Sens. Chuck Schumer of New Yor …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Congress":

"… imed at helping to curb gun smuggling into Mexico has survived a battle in Congress and could go into effect within two months.The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… case at a congressional hearing. Tracy Schmaler, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said that the review of wiretap applications is a “narrow assessment of …"

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 "Brian Terry":

"… igation were recovered near the scene of the murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry in Arizona last December;  ATF has said that the murder weapon was no …"

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 "Brian Terry":

"… r Patrol agents,” the dealer added.In December 2010, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was fatally shot north of the Mexico-Arizona border while trying to arrest …"

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 …"