Women become increasingly involved in gun groups

By Lauren Loftus and Natalie Krebs

Thanks in part to targeted marketing, more women are buying guns for protection and sport

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… ered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University More women than ever before own guns. Nearly 79 percent …"

"… Entrepreneur Carrie Lightfoot founded The Well Armed Woman in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 2012 to be a resource for women shooters, by selling female-friendly m …"

"… n, pushing for no new gun restrictions. Beth Banister, the 1 Million Moms Arizona state coordinator, said her job is to “keep up to date on what is going …"

"… who runs The American Woman Shooter magazine out of her Tucson, Arizona, home, publishes stories representing a wider variety of women who shoot g …"

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 "Connecticut":

"… months after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, some would say little has changed when it comes to guns in America. Othe …"

"… ouse by Democratic Reps. Mike Thompson of California and Elizabeth Esty of Connecticut, whose district includes Newtown. It is still in committee. In the same m …"

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… r Public Integrity of analysis of new congressional disclosure reports and Center for Responsive Politics data. Such developments are indicative of a lobbying industry in decline …"

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 "Indiana":

"… p, the two Democrats mentioned earlier, as well as Republican Dan Coats of Indiana — nonetheless voted against expanded background checks last month. Overa …"

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 …"

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 "lobbyist":

"… firearms control, the other opposed to it — have registered new federal lobbyists, according to U.S. Senate filings made available this afternoon. The reg …"

"… pher Kuper, its director of federal legislation, as its first-ever federal lobbyist, filings show. Documents list "firearm background checks," "assault weapo …"

"… ial assistant to President George W. Bush and Google's first in-house lobbyist, will handle the account for the 501(c)(4) arm of Mayors Against Ille …"

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 "Drug Enforcement Administration":

"… encies such as the FBI had seen “dramatic expansions.” Since 1972, the Drug Enforcement Administration’s staff has more than doubled, while the FBI’s is up by two-thirds. Th …"

Super Bowl ad cost Mayors Against Illegal Guns $100,000

By Michael Beckel

Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns drops $100K on ad during NFL's biggest game of the year, new records show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… l efforts than Mayors Against Illegal Guns or other gun control advocates. …"

"… h Federal Communications Commission requirements. Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told the Center for Public Integrity that his organization targeted Washi …"

"… wl, when the New York Giants were pitted against the New England Patriots, Mayors Against Illegal Guns also sponsored an ad. That message featured Bloomberg and Menino touting t …"

"… "keep guns out of the hands of criminals." Bloomberg and Menino launched Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2007, and the coalition now has more than 800 members, including mayors …"

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 "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… fety measures in the wake of the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., Mayors Against Illegal Guns will be pitted against the deep-pocketed National Rifle Association. That …"

"… ational Rifle Association. That doesn't faze Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a nonprofit launched in 2007 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and …"

"… e Center for Public Integrity. "Intensity matters a lot." Glaze said that Mayors Against Illegal Guns has seen more than 500,000 new supporters since the tragic shooting at San …"

"… there were before," Glaze said. Nevertheless, the NRA has dominated Mayors Against Illegal Guns when it comes to recent influence spending. Congressional records indicat …"

Donor profile: Michael Bloomberg

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… deral lobbying (2007-2012): $4.4 million by Bloomberg LP; $830,000 by Mayors Against Illegal Guns Lobbying issues: Gun control, regulation of radio and television broadcas …"

"… couples and education reform. Bloomberg also contributed $3.1 million to Mayors Against Illegal Guns Action Fund, a “social welfare” nonprofit he co-founded and co-chairs …"

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 "Violence Policy Center":

"… ts once they return to health has created a major new stumbling block. The Violence Policy Center, a Washington-based gun control group, charged that the measure showed how …"

"… found them to be a magnet for gang members from Mexico and California. The Violence Policy Center has referred to gun shows as “Tupperware Parties for Criminals.” Amer …"