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.

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.

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 "Washington":

"… Ariz., office, where the operation was headquartered, were transferred to Washington. A scathing Justice Department inspector general’s report singled out 17 …"

"… n the NRA/NSSF challenge, which is now before the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. No dealer inventories Yet another Tiahrt amendment bars the ATF fr …"

"… of crime gun traces in 1998 came from just 1.2 percent of gun dealers. The Washington, D.C.-area snipers, who murdered 10 people in the course of a three week s …"

"… e week shooting spree in 2002, obtained their assault rifle from a Tacoma, Washington, dealer with a long history of “missing” firearms. Limits on dealer i …"

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 "Joyce Foundation":

"… -based freelance writer. This story was funded in part by a grant from the Joyce Foundation.  …"

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

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 "prosecutor":

"… to outlaw gun trafficking.Without a targeted federal gun trafficking law, prosecutors are forced to rely on other statutes that agents and prosecutors say are …"

"… king law, prosecutors are forced to rely on other statutes that agents and prosecutors say are difficult to enforce and riddled with loopholes.Chief among them: …"

"… themselves. Lying on the form is a crime. But in order to prove the lie, a prosecutor often must prove what the straw buyer was thinking when he or she bought t …"

"… s they didn’t know the guns were for the cartel.What’s more, even when prosecutors are able to convict a straw buyer, the sentences average only 12 months, …"

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 "Texas":

"… stopped in the southbound lanes of the Anzalduas port of entry in Mission, Texas, allegedly with five Century WASR-10 rifles and 10 high capacity magazines …"

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