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 "Illinois":

"… eking suicide data for 2012, the most recent year available, but Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island denied requests fo …"

"… stics or could not be reached. The FBI received limited homicide data from Illinois and Alabama and none from Florida. That firearm suicides outnumbered fire …"

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 "The Bias Against Guns":

"… g to John R. Lott, the author of several books on gun ownership, including The Bias Against Guns, it’s deceptive to focus on the increase in gun murders in Florida when …"

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 "special agent":

"… discouraged from conducting … complex conspiracy cases,” and cites one special agent in charge who said he “preferred his agents to initiate cases that could …"

"… approximately the same number of staff it had a decade ago; about half are special agents assigned to conduct criminal investigations. That’s a force about the s …"

"… the books.   One gun database that works Joseph Vince, a former ATF special agent and now a partner at Crime Gun Solutions, a consulting firm, says solving …"

"… policing law-abiding retailers.” But Peter Forcelli, an ATF supervisory special agent, called the long-gun rule a “huge tool” that “gives us a head start …"

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 "Judge":

"… als will have guns if such restrictions are put in place,” U.S. District Judge John R. Adams said in sentencing Collins. “Unfortunately, it appears tha …"

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 "Felipe Calderon":

"… hands of drug cartels has fueled an explosion of violence. Since President Felipe Calderon declared war on the cartels in December 2006, more than 34,000 people have …"

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 "Mark Chait":

"… st addressing the lowest level person was not making a difference,” said Mark Chait, the ATF assistant director who made the decision. “We knew if we could …"

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

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