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 …"

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 "legislator":

"… gun violence squarely at the front of the national agenda. Long-skeptical legislators have expressed a new openness to at least consider laws that might keep g …"

"… George W. Bush’s nominee, Michael J. Sullivan, a former Republican state legislator and U.S. attorney. His confirmation was blocked by three Republican senato …"

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 "America":

"… nter has referred to gun shows as “Tupperware Parties for Criminals.” American-born al-Qaida member Adam Gadahn suggested in a video message over the In …"

"… of getting easy access to arms to launch attacks in the United States. ''America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” Gadahn said. “Yo …"

"… t this to at least be the beginning of a new discussion on how we can keep America safe for all our people,” Obama wrote. The NRA responded that it welcom …"

"… ent believes we can identify some common sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights,” Wh …"

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 "Rhode Island":

"… tement.Joined by Sens. Chuck Schumer of New York and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Feinstein called on Congress to restore the ban on assault weapons passed …"

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 "Congress":

"… unrunner in 2006 to stop gun smuggling into Mexico with money earmarked by Congress, the ATF has only 224 agents assigned to the special effort, according to …"

"… eclared war on the drug cartels, criticized U.S. gun laws in an address to Congress last year, blaming the escalation in violence on the expiration of the Ame …"

"… one handgun to the same person within a five-day span. In passing the law, Congress reasoned that most crimes are committed with handguns. But the cartels hav …"

"… mke said the gun lobby’s power over the ATF is so strong that ever since Congress required confirmation of the ATF director in 2006, no director has been co …"

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 "Manny Weigensberg":

"… ed back.With his brother-in-law and partner — a garrulous Canadian named Manny Weigensberg — he would scour the warehouses of Europe and Asia for surplus military …"

U.S. guns arming Mexican drug cartels

By The Center for Public Integrity

The ATF says that 90 percent of guns seized at the Mexican border were originally sold in the States

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… t remains in the Senate. …"

"… officers, soldiers, and prosecutors — all while Mexico’s calls for the United States to cut off the flow have had little effect. Mexico’s strict gun laws mak …"

"… . Mexico’s strict gun laws make buying the weapons difficult, but in the United States, they are sold legally at stores, gun shows, and flea markets — and then …"

"… 0 percent of guns seized at the Mexican border were originally sold in the United States, two-thirds of which have been traced back to Texas, Arizona, and Californ …"