Gun control ads have Democrats worrying POLITICO.com, May 7, 2013 -- John Bresnahan and Reid J. Epstein: Majority Leader Harry Reid's aides met recently with staffers of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg to warn them: Targeting vulnerable Democrats like Arkansas's Mark Pryor on gun control could backfire on the party, several sources told POLITICO.
Ruger looks to open a third gun plant, but not in N.H. New Hampshire Business Review, May 1, 2013 -- Sturm Ruger & Co. is selling guns so quickly that it is looking to open a third manufacturing facility to make them, CEO Michael Fifer announced at the company's annual meeting Tuesday in Prescott, Ariz.
Here Come Gun-Focused Retail Super Centers TIME, April 30, 2013 -- Picture a sprawling 30,000-square-foot Best Buy store-only instead of electronic gadgets and games, every aisle inside the big-box center is devoted to firearms, bullets, and "tactical gear." This is the hot retail concept spreading throughout the Midwest.
Bill aims to keep guns away from mentally ill San Francisco Gate, April 30, 2013 --
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers wrapped up work Tuesday on their most notable gun-related bill of the year — a proposal aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill.
Inhofe, Lucas Introduce Bill Limiting Federal Agencies From Stockpiling Ammunition
U.S. Senator for Oklahoma Senator James M. Inhofe, Newsroom, April 26, 2013 -- WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK-3) today introduced in their respective chambers the Ammunition Management for More Obtainability (AMMO) Act of 2013. The legislation would require the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to conduct a report on the purchasing of ammunition by federal agencies, except the Department of Defense, and its effect on the supply of ammunition available to the public.
The AMMO Act would restrict agencies from obtaining additional ammunition for a six-month period if current agency stockpiles are higher than its monthly averages prior to the Obama Administration.
No sales policy consistent with 2nd Amendment beliefs The Patriot-News PennLive.com, April 25, 2013 -- The National Rifle Association says its policy of allowing vendors to display but not sell firearms at its new Great American Outdoor Show next year is in line with its strong support of Second Amendment rights.
NRA says they never planned on selling guns at next year's show CBS 21 News, April 25, 2013 -- The NRA says vendors will not be allowed to sell firearms at next year's Great American Outdoors Show. Officials tell CBS 21 News it's the NRA's policy not to sell firearms on the trading floor, but one local gun shop says, they wish that were the case to help their business.
DHS Denies Ammo Purchases Aimed at Civilians Washington Whispers (usnews.com), April 25, 2013 -- Officials at the Department of Homeland Security denied Thursday that its large-scale ammunition purchases were an effort keep bullets out of the hands of private citizens.
Obama resists Republican bid to see gun smuggling operation documents Chicago Tribune, April 24, 2013 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Justice Department lawyer said on Wednesday that if a judge agreed to consider a Republican bid to get administration documents related to a botched operation against gun-trafficking it would prompt a flood of requests for courts to referee Washington political disputes.
Illinois Senate looking at two-tier concealed carry system Chicago Tribune, April 25, 2013 -- SPRINGFIELD-People who want to carry a concealed weapon in Chicago and elsewhere in Cook County would get an extra layer of scrutiny under legislation being drafted in the Illinois Senate, according to authors of the proposal.
Some gun dealers balking at transfers Democrat and Chronicle, April 23, 2013 -- At least two gun dealers in the Rochester area say they will not facilitate transfers of firearms between two private parties. A third plans to charge more than what the law allows.
Reid shelves expanded gun-purchase background check legislation The Washington Times, April 18, 2013 -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Thursday he's placing expanded gun-purchase background checks on ice, bringing a sudden halt to a months-long debate as he and other gun control advocates nevertheless vowed to fight another day.
Blame Bloomberg / Editorial The New York Sun, April 18, 2013 -- Is it possible to imagine that when President Obama retires for the night that he will wonder who led him into the debacle that unfolded when his long campaign for gun control went down to defeat in a Senate controlled by his own party?
Gun Polling Report Polling Report, April 18, 2013 -- AP-GfK Poll conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Corporate Communications. April 11-15, 2013. N=1,004 adults nationwide. Margin of error ± 3.9.
Review & Outlook: Gun Control Meltdown The Wall Street Journal, April 17, 2013 -- President Obama's gun control agenda was routed in the Senate on Wednesday, and Mr. Obama naturally blamed the National Rifle Association. The truth is that Mr. Obama invited this meltdown by assuming he could exploit the Newtown massacre to ram through a liberal wish-list that wouldn't have stopped the next mass murder.
Senate Torpedoes Background Check Deal Roll Call Policy, April 17, 2013 -- The Senate on Wednesday failed to advance a bipartisan background check proposal that Democrats had hoped would be the core of any bill.
Bloomberg Rips Senate For Failing To Expand Background Checks CBS New York, April 17, 2013 -- NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - Senate Republicans, backed by some Democrats, blocked legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, prompting Mayor Michael Bloomberg to rip lawmakers for failing to pass the bipartisan effort that focused on the expansion of background checks.
Stephen Feinberg, Cerberus Capital Founder, Exploring Bid For Bushmaster Gunmaker Huffington Post, April 16, 2013 -- Private equity mogul Stephen Feinberg is exploring a bid for Freedom Group, the Bushmaster rifle manufacturer that his firm, Cerberus Capital Management LP, put up for sale after one of its guns was used in a Connecticut school shooting late last year, three people familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.
Supreme Court weighs whether to hear case on guns in public Los Angeles Times, April 15, 2013 -- WASHINGTON — While Congress debates proposals for tighter gun regulation, the Supreme Court is weighing whether to consider striking down state laws that strictly limit who can carry a gun in public.
How Bitcoin Sales Of Guns Could Undermine New Rules The Huffington Post, April 15, 2013 -- Even as Congress debates gun safety legislation, a flourishing new virtual currency could provide a way around new restrictions by enabling people to buy guns online almost anonymously.
Background checks for gun buyers win more backing Yahoo! News, April 1,5 2013 -- WASHINGTON (AP) - With the Senate set to begin debate on gun control legislation this week, a proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers picked up some key Republican support over the weekend. But it may not be enough to ensure the measure is adopted.
Gun control: Rare accord in Congress to fix mental health system The Denver Post, April 13, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - In the days after the Newtown, Conn., massacre, the one thing opponents and advocates of gun control agreed on was the need to address deficiencies in the mental health system so that killers like Adam Lanza would stop slipping through the cracks.
Growth of suburbs in pro-gun states changing the political calculus in Congress The Washington Post, April 12, 2013 -- Pennsylvania, Georgia and Virginia have long been bastions of gun-rights supporters, with vast rural areas and strong hunting traditions. But in recent days, lawmakers from those states have demonstrated a new willingness to back stricter firearms regulations, setting the stage for what could be the first major gun-control legislation to pass Congress in two decades.
Five Gun Amendments to Watch Roll Call, April 11, 2013 -- With the Senate voting comfortably Thursday to take up its most ambitious gun control legislation in nearly two decades, all eyes turn to the "open amendment process" that Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has promised.
Gun bill clears Senate hurdle as filibuster falls short Fox News, April 11, 2013 -- Controversial gun legislation cleared a key Senate hurdle Thursday, as lawmakers voted 68-31 to start debate on the package which includes expanded background checks and new penalties for gun trafficking.
Highway patrol gave feds Missouri weapon permits data Columbia Daily Tribune, April 10, 2013 -- JEFFERSON CITY – The Missouri State Highway Patrol has twice turned over the entire list of Missouri concealed weapon permit holders to federal authorities, most recently in January, Sen. Kurt Schaefer said Wednesday.
Sen. Toomey: Criminal background checks not gun control The Daily Caller, April 10, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey on Wednesday called for an expansion of required background checks for those who want to buy guns by arguing that the proposal does not actually constitute "gun control."
Gun control advocates take on "patchwork" of state laws CBS News, April 7, 2013 -- (CBS News) President Obama takes his push for tighter gun laws to Hartford, Conn., Monday. Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy signed into law some of the toughest gun control measures in the nation last week.
East Texas stores ration ammo as shortage affects law enforcement Longview News-Journal: Local News, April 7, 2013 -- A nationwide ammunition shortage prompted Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano to notify deputies in March that they would have to supply their own ammunition for this year's firearm qualifications - something Cerliano had never done in 13 years in office.
Gun legislation's prospects improve The Washington Post, April 7, 2013 -- Prospects for a bipartisan deal to expand federal background checks for gun purchases are improving with the emergence of fresh Republican support, according to top Senate aides.
States look to tax guns, ammo USA Today, April 7, 2013 -- Some states and counties are studying whether to tax gun and ammunition purchases. Supporters hope to discourage gun violence or pay for damage it causes
NRA tactics erode post-Newtown support for gun-control measures The Washington Post, April 6, 2013 -- Spurred by e-mail alerts from the group, NRA members and other gun rights activists jammed legislative committee rooms, deluged lawmakers with e-mails and phone calls - and succeeded in killing proposals that were once widely expected to pass.
The Great DHS Ammunition Stockpile Myth Breitbart, April 4, 2013 -- There are dozens of articles hyping government purchases of ammunition over the last nine months. After spending weeks researching this topic, this is a collection of commonly held myths that are based more on panic than fact.
MILLER: Second Amendment crumbling as gun-control victories spread
Radical new laws in Connecticut and Maryland, U.N. Arms Trade Treaty passes The Washington Times, April 4, 2013 -- The Second Amendment got attacked this week from three sides, leaving gun owners scrambling to find safe ground. While President Obama has lost momentum for federal gun-control laws, he has picked up victories with his allies in blue states and at the United Nations.
Poll on Guns: Checks Get Strong Support But... Washington Wire - WSJ, April 4, 2013 -- Americans strongly support universal background checks on people seeking to purchase guns, even though about half believe it could eventually lead to a federal effort to confiscate those guns, a new poll found.
Ammunition flies off store shelves amid new restrictions, fears Fox News, April 5, 2013 -- ALBANY, N.Y. - Gun enthusiasts fearful of new weapon controls and alarmed by rumors of government hoarding are buying bullets practically by the bushel, making it hard for stores nationwide to keep shelves stocked and even putting a pinch on some local law enforcement departments.
Denver Cops Criticize Obama In Advance Of Denver Speech CBS Denver, April 2, 2013 -- DENVER (CBS4) - Some current and former Denver police officers have taken to Facebook to criticize President Barack Obama's planned use of Denver police officers as a backdrop for a Wednesday speech on gun control.
Gun rights advocates fear U.N. treaty will lead to U.S. registry Washington Times, April 2, 2013 -- The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday approved a sweeping, first-of-its-kind treaty aimed at regulating the estimated $60 billion international arms trade, brushing aside gun rights groups' concerns that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry in the U.S.
Conn. lawmakers unveil bipartisan gun control plan My Way News, April 2, 2013 -- HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - With an announcement of sweeping proposals to curb gun violence, Connecticut lawmakers said they are hoping to send a message to Congress and other state legislators across the
country: A bipartisan agreement on gun control is possible.
Free Gun Program Plans To Expand To North Texas CBS Dallas/Fort Worth, April 1, 2013 -- DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Calvin Carter lives in South Dallas’ Sunny Acres neighborhood, an area that has worked hard to keep crime out — but it has been a struggle. Last July Dallas Police suited up in riot gear and tried to control an angry mob right behind Carter’s home.
Obama uses executive power to move gun control agenda forward The Hill, March 29, 2013 -- President Obama is quietly moving forward on gun control. The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership.
Guns, knives, ammo and gear: Adam Lanza's arsenal, item by item U.S. News, March 28, 2013 -- Search warrants released Thursday laid bare the extent of Newtown school massacre suspect Adam Lanza's arsenal. Here is a catalog of the weaponry found at the school where 20 children and six staffers were killed and at the home he shared with his mother, who was also murdered.
Universal Gun Background Checks Shine Spotlight on Gun Stores TIME.com, March 26, 2013 -- To Wes Morosky, president of Duke's Sports Shop in New Castle, Penn., the universal background check proposal now under debate in Congress would be a boon for business. "It'd keep everyone on the same playing field," he said of proposals to require background checks for all gun sales that would put licensed dealers like his store at the center of gun culture. "And we'd charge for it."
Made in America: Guns, ammo and jobs CNN Money, Mar. 25, 2013 -- Guns and ammo are selling briskly these days, and that means weapons makers are hiring. Some manufacturers are scrambling to find enough workers.
DHS Denies Massive Ammunition Purchase Washington Whispers US News, March 23, 2013 -- The Department of Homeland Security responded Friday to questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., about why the agency was allegedly planning to buy some 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years. The Department of Homeland Security responded Friday to questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., about why the agency was allegedly planning to buy some 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years.
Senate votes 53-46 to stop US from joining UN Arms Trade Treaty The Hill's Floor Action, March 23, 2013 -- In the last batch of amendment votes to the budget, the Senate voted on several foreign policy proposals.
Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) introduced an amendment that would prevent the United States from entering into the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty in order to uphold the Second Amendment. His amendment passed on a 53-46 vote.
Gun control: Why the fight over universal background checks is the key The Week, March 22, 2013 -- After scrapping a proposed assault-weapons ban, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid declared this week that the gun-law reform package headed for a vote in early April will include background checks on all gun buyers. Current law requires checks only on sales by licensed gun dealers. Other elements in Washington's collection of gun-related bills would step up school safety and tighten sanctions on the illegal transfer of firearms, among other things. Reid said he dropped bans on military-style semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines because he didn't have enough votes to beat a filibuster by Republicans - and even some red-state Democrats. But he's drawing a line in the sand over the paperwork on gun buyers. "I want to be clear," Reid said. "In order to be effective, any bill that passes the Senate must include background checks."
DHS Denies Massive Ammunition Purchase Washington Whispers, US News, March 22, 2013 -- The Department of Homeland Security responded Friday to questions from Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., about why the agency was allegedly planning to buy some 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition over the next five years.
New 'Fast and Furious' report finds DHS warning signs ignored Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - Even as they lost scores of illegal firearms in their Fast and Furious operation, federal ATF agents asked their Border Patrol counterparts not to pursue criminal leads or track gun smuggling in southern Arizona so they could follow the firearms themselves, and senior Homeland Security agents "complied and the leads were not investigated," according to a new Department of Homeland Security inspector general's report.
Reid guts Senate gun control bill The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, March 19, 2013 -- The gun control bill headed for the Senate floor bears little resemblance to the far-reaching proposal President Obama unveiled after the deadly shooting in Newtown, Conn.
First bullets, now assault rifles bought by Feds Washington Examiner, March 20, 2013 -- The federal government's grab for bullets is now being matched with a buy of assault-style rifles that would be banned for civilians under President Obama's gun control law.
No Assault Weapons Ban: Not in Dems’ Senate Bill Associated Press, March 19, 2013 -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- An assault weapons ban won't be in the gun-control legislation that Democrats bring to the Senate floor next month, a decision that means the ban's chances of survival now are all but hopeless.
Poll: GOP NYers ditch Democrat Cuomo after gun law New York News, March 19, 2013 -- ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A poll shows New York Republican voters for the first time disapprove of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's performance following the Democrat's push for a gun-control bill.
Gun control advocates take aim at Wyoming laws Billings Gazette, March 18, 2013 -- Some of the nation's most outspoken gun control advocates are calling on Wyoming and a handful of other states to submit more names to the National Instant Background Check System.
States to feds: Hands off our guns The Hill's RegWatch, March 17, 2013 -- A growing number of states are moving forward with legislation to exempt them from new federal gun controls and, in some cases, brand as criminals anyone who tries to enforce them.
NRA opposes U.N. small-arms treaty The Washington Post, March 16, 2013 -- The National Rifle Association, which is battling a raft of gun control measures on Capitol Hill, also has an international fight on its hand as it gears up to oppose a U.N. treaty designed to restrict the flow of arms to conflict zones.
Growing Number Of States Eye Bills To Defy Federal Gun Laws CNS News, March 16, 2013 -- Shortly after voters in Colorado and Washington State approved measures that legalized the recreational use of marijuana, President Obama told Barbara Walters that his Justice Department would not prosecute pot users in these states.
US assault weapons ban heading for defeat in Senate The Telegraph, March 14, 2013 -- President Barack Obama's bid to renew a ban against military-style assault weapons narrowly won the backing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday and headed to the full Senate, where it appears certain to fail.
Senate committee poised to approve assault weapons ban Fox News, March 14, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are poised to pass a renewed and strengthened assault-weapons ban out of committee Thursday as part of a package of measures advancing to the floor, but are appealing to President Obama to help battle opposition from Republicans and gun-rights supporters.
Washington Gun Control Bill Fails In State House
CBS Seattle, March 13, 2013 -- OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A contentious proposal to expand background checks on Washington state gun sales failed Tuesday in the state House, where supporters said they were just a handful of votes short.
Colorado Senate approves gun control package Fox News, March 12, 2013 -- A gun control package pushed by Colorado Democrats cleared the state Senate on Monday, as sponsors described it as a needed response to Colorado's blood-soaked history of mass shootings.
Pro-gun voters put heat on Democratic senators
News from The Associated Press, March 9, 2013 -- HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- U.S.
Sen. Max Baucus has been here before. Back during the Clinton era, the Democrat faced a choice: support an assault weapons ban urged by a president from his own party and risk angering constituents who cherish their gun rights, or buck his party. He chose the ban, and nearly lost his Senate seat.
Obama staying out of negotiations on gun bills News from The Associated Press, March 9, 2013 -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- With gun legislation taking shape on Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama has kept a low profile on an issue he has made a critical part of his second-term agenda.
Proposed law would 'make you pay' for buying guns for others Chicago Tribune, Mar. 8, 2013 -- It's been nearly three years since Chicago police Officer Thomas Wortham IV was shot and killed with a gun purchased in Mississippi by a straw purchaser -- a person who buys guns for those who aren't allowed to.
Graham introduces background check bill with NRA backing CNN Political Ticker - CNN.com Blogs, March 6, 2013 -- Washington (CNN) - New legislation introduced Wednesday aims to close one loophole in the process of purchasing a gun.
The bill from Sen. Lindsey Graham and three other bipartisan lawmakers expands the scope of mental health information submitted to the background check system used by gun sellers. It has the backing of the National Rifle Association, and background check-related legislation has been considered the most likely of the various gun violence proposals to survive the legislative process.
NRA campaign in high gear - Anna Palmer POLITICO.com, March 6, 2013 -- The National Rifle Association and its allies are kicking their lobbying forces into high gear as the Senate heads toward a vote that could remake key pieces of the country's gun laws.
Obama donor in process of buying up and 'destroying' America's top pro-gun media outlets The Daily Caller, Feb. 28, 2013 --Employees of Obama donor Leo Hindery Jr.'s media conglomerate Intermedia Partners, which now owns most of the top gun-culture media outlets in the country, believe that Hindery plans to gut and destroy all of them as part of a business plan that has already led to numerous layoffs and the virtual shuttering of prominent television production facilities in Minnesota and Montana.
Gun accessory maker Bushnell is up for sale - sources Reuters, Feb. 28, 2013 -- Bushnell, which makes outdoor products and accessories for hunters such as eyewear and riflescopes, is up for a sale in a deal that could be worth $1 billion, three sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
Magpul Annouces 'Boulder Airlift' to supply Colorado Residents with PMAGs Guns.com, Feb. 28, 2013 -- BLOG: Magpul is proud to announce the "Boulder Airlift," our program to make sure that responsible Colorado citizens have the opportunity to own standard capacity PMAGs prior to the potential implementation of pending legislation that would infringe on their Second Amendment Rights. The program will be open to all responsible CO residents, (with both billing and shipping addresses inside CO) and provide access to a limited quantity of PMAGs. Remember to contact members of the Senate and the Governor prior to ordering and urge them to oppose HB 1224.
Firearms debate: Meet the gunmakers USA Today, Feb. 26, 2013 -- NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — The boyish face could easily belong to one in the legion of young accountants or junior insurance executives who toil in the corporate corridors of the nearby state capital.
Senators Close in on Background Check Agreement on Guns Bloomberg, Feb. 25, 2013 -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is closing in on an agreement to expand background checks for gun purchases, a test of how far lawmakers may go to address gun violence after the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
NRA Uses Justice Memo to Accuse Obama on Guns Yahoo! News, Feb. 25, 2013 -- The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won't work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration - ideas the White House has not proposed and does not support.
Congress to Consider Tighter Rules on Guns The New York Times, Feb. 23, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - After weeks of sometimes wrenching debate over gun safety, Congress will begin to consider legislation this week that is likely to include expanded background checks for gun buyers and increased penalties for those who purchase guns for criminals.
Senators near a deal on background checks for most private gun sales The Washington Post, Feb. 23, 2013 -- A bipartisan group of senators is on the verge of a deal that would expand background checks to all private firearms sales with limited exemptions, but significant disagreements remain on the issue of keeping records of private gun sales, according to aides familiar with the talks.
Firearms-makers to politicians on gun rights: You balk, we walk The Christian Science Monitor, Feb. 23, 2013 -- Firearms companies ranging from gun shops to machinists are joining forces to oppose new gun control laws. Some are threatening to move away from states that crack down on guns, others are refusing to sell gear to police that can't be sold to citizens.
Obama, Holder Called Out for Not Enforcing Existing Gun Laws News Max, Feb. 22, 2013 -- A group of 23 Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee Friday sent letters to President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder demanding existing gun laws be enforced before additional limitations are passed.
NRA President Doesn't Expect Filibuster ABC News, Feb. 21, 2013 -- National Rifle Association President David Keene said Wednesday he doesn't expect a filibuster from gun rights supporters as the Senate prepares to vote on potential gun control issues.
Mexico to ask Senate for registry of US guns Washington Times Communities, Feb. 19, 2013 -- DALLAS - In the wake of a tense national clash over the issue of gun control, Mexico has taken an action sure to fan the flames of controversy. In January, the Mexico Permanent Commission reportedly voted to formally ask the United States Senate for a registry of all commercialized firearms in the border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.
Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearms Yahoo! News, Feb. 17, 2013 -- WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.
Bipartisan deal close on expanded background checks The Washington Post, Feb. 15, 2013 -- The bipartisan group of four Senators who are negotiating over a proposal to expand the gun background check system privately met this week to discuss where things stand, according to sources familiar with ongoing talks. One source tells me the four Senators are "95 percent of the way there."
Gun ban would protect more than 2,200 firearm Yahoo! News, Feb. 16, 2013 — WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress' latest crack at a new assault weapons ban would protect more than 2,200 specific firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle that is nearly identical to one of the guns used in the bloodiest shootout in FBI history.
Colorado ammo magazine maker Magpul threatens to leave state over gun bill The Denver Post, Feb. 15, 2013 — Colorado's largest and most profitable manufacturer of high-capacity ammunition magazines has vowed to leave the state if lawmakers pass a measure banning the devices — a move officials with the company say could cost hundreds of jobs and upward of $85 million in potential spending this year.
Magpul Formally Announces They Will Leave Colorado If Magazine Ban Becomes Law Soldier Systems, Feb. 15, 2013 — Denver, Colorado — Magpul Industries, an Erie, Colorado, based manufacturer of firearms accessories, announced today that it will be forced to leave the state if House Bill 1224, which would ban standard capacity magazines, becomes law. The announcement was made to Governor Hickenlooper, state legislators, members of the media, and in a full-page advertisement to appear in the Denver Post on Sunday.
Obama addresses gun control legislation in Chicago - Jennifer Epstein POLITICO, Feb. 15, 2013 — CHICAGO—- For four years, President Barack Obama avoided talking about guns. Then the Newtown shooting forced gun control legislation to the top of his agenda - but he still avoided talking about gun violence that has racked his hometown of Chicago.
NRA rolls out new anti-gun control campaign MSNBC, Feb. 13, 2013 — The NRA is trying on a new line of attack to shoot down tighter gun laws by releasing an online advertisement rebuttal to the president's State of the Union address Tuesday night.
NRA: 'Gangbanger' shot Chicago teen - Kevin Robillard POLITICO, Feb. 13, 2013 — National Rifle Association President David Keene said Tuesday night that President Barack Obama didn't tell the full story behind the shooting death of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, the inaugural performer from Chicago whose parents sat in the box with first lady Michelle Obama.
DHS Makes Huge Ammunition And Weapon Purchases For Unclear Purposes Investors.com, Feb. 12, 2013 -- Gun Control: Our future president in 2008 called for "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military. Should the "bitter-clingers" be worried? Gun Control: Our future president in 2008 called for "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded" as the military. Should the "bitter-clingers" be worried?
State of the Union Intensifies Gun Fight Roll Call Influence, Feb. 10, 2013 -- The passion of gun owners has met the passion of protective moms in the fight over firearms restrictions, which will intensify this week as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.
Gun sales decline in January as retailers run out after surge Cleveland.com, Feb. 5, 2013 -- WASHINGTON -- The number of federal background checks for firearms sales declined in the U.S. last month, as retailers continue to run out of guns to sell during a buying spree driven by Washington's new focus on gun control.
Obama still backs new gun ban; top senator less certain CNN.com, Feb. 4, 2013 -- President Barack Obama on Monday reiterated his call for a comprehensive package of steps against gun violence as the focus on possible Senate legislation appeared to narrow to expanded background checks and limited ammunition magazines, rather than a ban on semi-automatic rifles that mimic assault weapons.
Mayors Reportedly Preparing Boycott of Gun Manufacturers NSSF Blog, Feb. 1, 2013 -- Minnesota Public Radio reports that Mayor R.T.Rybak of Minneapolis has said that he and 60 other mayors are considering boycotts of gun makers who don't agree to their sweeping list of gun control demands. Taking a page from the Rahm Emanuel playbook, the mayors intend to use their police department purchasing power as leverage.
After shooting tragedies, Britain went after guns The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2013 -- LONDON - When police on a weapons raid swarmed a housing project after London's 2011 riots, they seized a cache of arms that in the United States might be better suited to "Antiques Roadshow" than inner city ganglands. Inside plastic bags hidden in a trash collection room, officers uncovered two archaic flintlock pistols, retrofitted flare guns and a Jesse James-style revolver.
British gangs use flare guns now because they can't find real ones The Washington Post, Feb. 1, 2013 -- After the U.K. endured a series of mass shootings, including one that targeted children, it passed some very tough gun control legislation in 1997. The effect, reported on today by The Washington Post's Anthony Faiola, has been staggering. Here are eight of the big takeaways, possible learning opportunities as the U.S. considers its own gun law changes.
NRA Winning the Influence Battle Over Gun Control Forbes, Feb. 1, 2013 -- The gun control debate is clearly one of the most contentious and controversial issues in America today. And the battle over gun control is now being waged through intensive media campaigns from both sides of the political spectrum to influence public opinion and to assert pressure on policy makers. So who's winning?
With Guns Banned on Big Marketplaces, a New Site Steps Up Businessweek, Jan. 31, 2013 -- Type the word "guns" into Google Shopping
(GOOG) and hundreds of so-called airsoft guns pop up. These replica firearms only resemble the real thing: Hobbyists typically use them in mock battles to shoot soft plastic pellets at each other. For people in the market for a real gun, Google Shopping doesn't work.
Wyoming House Approves Bills Exempting State From Federal Gun Control Measures CBS DC, Jan. 31, 2013 -- CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Faced with the prospect of new federal gun restrictions, the Wyoming House gave initial approval Wednesday to bills that sponsors say would exempt guns in the state from new regulations while possibly taking the fight to criminals who might choose to attack public schools.
Walmart limits sales of ammunition to three boxes per customer per day NY Daily News, Jan. 31, 2013 -- Limited supplies forcing company to make the move, spokesperson says. Walmart was a charter member of Mayor Bloomberg's coalition against illegal guns and adopted a 10-point code established by Responsible Firearms Retailer Partnership that goes beyond what the law requires.
County Sheriffs of Colorado releases memo in opposition of new gun law The Denver Post, Jan. 30, 2013 -- Gun policy should not be guided by gut-level reactions to mass shootings in Aurora last July and at a Connecticut elementary school last month, the County Sheriffs of Colorado says in a position paper outlining a tough stance against legislation expected to be proposed soon by state Democrats.
ATF's Milwaukee sting operation marred by mistakes, failures Journal Sentinel, Jan. 29, 2013 -- A store calling itself Fearless Distributing opened early last year on an out-of-the-way street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood, offering designer clothes, athletic shoes, jewelry and drug paraphernalia.
Police in Iowa city to buy their own semi-automatic AR-15s Fox News, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Police in one Iowa city could soon be buying their own assault rifles to carry in squad cars to ensure they aren't outgunned by criminals in the wake of several high-profile shootings involving semi-automatic AR-15s, FoxNews.com has learned.
Dianne Feinstein unveils assault weapons ban POLITICO.com, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday rolled out a controversial piece of gun control legislation, a ban on assault weapons similar to the one that expired in 2004.
After Newtown shootings, Pennsylvania county hires armed school guards The Washington Post, Jan. 11, 2013 -- BUTLER, Pa. - Four hundred miles from Sandy Hook Elementary, a superintendent named Mike Strutt left a morning meeting on Dec. 14 and decided to place his schools on "threat alert." He was concerned about a copycat attack on the day of the Connecticut shootings. But, as he read reports of the massacre, he started to worry more about something else.
Obama Sees Tough Path on Assault Gun Ban The New York Times, Jan. 10, 2013 -- WASHINGTON - While President Obama pledged to crack down on access to what he called "weapons of war" in the aftermath of last month's schoolhouse massacre, the White House has calculated that a ban on military-style assault weapons will be exceedingly difficult to pass through Congress and is focusing on other measures it deems more politically achievable.
Strassel: The Real Gun-Control Consensus
Despite the press's best efforts to parse his statements, Harry Reid has committed himself to nothing more than a 'thoughtful debate.' The Wall Street Journal, Jan. 10, 2013 -- The next time you hear a fellow American bemoaning the lack of Washington bipartisanship, tell him to cheer up. There is one issue on which Congress still resoundingly agrees: gun rights. Bear that in mind, too, the next time you read a story about the "new" political debate over gun control.
Americans, never give up your guns English pravda.ru, Dec. 28, 2012 -- These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating USA, but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one's self and possessions.
Why Joe Biden needs the NRA The Washington Post, Jan. 9, 2013 -- The news that Vice President Joe Biden would huddle with executives from the National Rifle Association on Thursday came as unwelcome news to many gun control advocates who view the NRA as an organization to be ignored, not invited in.
NRA President Fires Back at Cuomo Politicker, Jan. 9, 2013 -- National Rifle Association President David Keene gave a rare post-Newtown interview on the Brooklyn GOP Radio podcast this evening in which he responded to Governor Andrew Cuomo's vow to bring New York some of the "toughest" gun control laws in the country. Mr. Keene began by taking issue with Governor Cuomo's prediction that other states would follow New York's example and pass similar laws.
White House weighs broad gun-control agenda in wake of Newtown shootings The Washington Post, Jan. 5, 2013 -- The White House is weighing a far broader and more comprehensive approach to curbing the nation's gun violence than simply reinstating an expired ban on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition, according to multiple people involved in the administration's discussions.
Ten gun bills on Congress's first day
The Hill's Floor Action
The Hill, Jan. 4, 2012 -- Members of the 113th Congress introduced 10 bills on Thursday relating to gun violence, most of which came from Democrats seeking new restrictions on gun ownership.
Company targeting police, bounty hunters with safer ammo Fox News, Jan. 2, 2013 -- BOISE, Idaho - Executives with a Boise-based company are poised to begin marketing a new type of ammunition specifically for law enforcement teams and designed to avoid causing serious or fatal injuries to their targets and bystanders.
Obama hopes to enact new gun-control measures in 2013 The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, Dec. 30, 2012 -- President Obama on Sunday said he would make gun control a priority in his new term, pledging to put his "full weight" behind passing new restrictions on firearms in 2013.
Mortgages, guns among new-law topics San Francisco Gate, Dec. 30, 2012 -- SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Homeowners will have increased protections from foreclosure under some of the hundreds of state laws taking effect with the new year.
Pols from at least 11 states back NRA plan with their own guns-in-schools proposals
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne, for one, said the country's reaction to the Sandy Hook massacre should mimic the response to the 9/11 attacks, when the FAA decided to allow airline pilots to carry weapons. NY Daily News, Dec. 27, 2012 -- The National Rifle Association has been taking heat over its pro-gun response to the Sandy Hook massacre, but some pols are applauding the powerful lobby's plea for armed guards in schools - and are trying to do something about it.
Gallup poll finds 54 percent hold favorable opinion of NRA The Hill's Blog Briefing Room, Dec. 27, 2012 -- A new Gallup poll finds a majority hold a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association (NRA).
The USA Today/Gallup Poll released Thursday found 54 percent of those surveyed say they have a favorable opinion of the gun organization while 38 percent have an unfavorable view.
Joyce Lee Malcolm: Two Cautionary Tales of Gun Control
After a school massacre, the U.K. banned handguns in 1998. A decade later, handgun crime had doubled. Wall Street Journal, Dec. 26, 2012 -- Americans are determined that massacres such as happened in Newtown, Conn., never happen again. But how?
Many advocate more effective treatment of mentally-ill people or armed protection in so-called gun-free zones. Many others demand stricter control of firearms.
Real and Virtual Firearms Nurture Marketing Link The New York Times, Dec. 25, 2012 -- (May be subject to NYTimes subscription
policy.) As Electronic Arts prepared to market Medal of Honor Warfighter, the latest version of its top-selling video game released in October, it created a Web site that promoted the manufacturers of the guns, knives and combat-style gear depicted in the game.
Byron York: Journalists rush to take sides in gun debate WashingtonExaminer.com, Dec . 24, 2012 -- Should journalists be advocates for tougher gun control measures? It's a question worth asking as more and more reporters, commentators, and TV anchors are openly promoting stringent gun policies in the wake of the school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Sales of kids' bulletproof backpacks soar The Washington Post, Dec. 23, 3023 -- Elmar Uy thought his software was acting up when he first saw the huge jump in sales of bulletproof backpacks last Friday. He checked the figures and discovered the Web site's traffic had jumped tenfold.
David Kopel: Guns, Mental Illness and Newtown The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 17, 2012 -- Has the rate of random mass shootings in the United States increased? Over the past 30 years, the answer is definitely yes. It is also true that the total U.S. homicide rate has fallen by over half since 1980, and the gun homicide rate has fallen along with it. Today, Americans are safer from violent crime, including gun homicide, than they have been at any time since the mid-1960s.
Guns and the Decline of the Young Man The New York Times, Dec. 17, 2012 -- Adam Lanza was a young man. Jacob Roberts was a young man. James Holmes is a young man. Seung-Hui Cho was a young man. Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were young men.
NBC News Gives Obama Advice: How to Outmaneuver 2nd Amendment Advocates
Breitbart, Dec. 17, 2012 -- As we learned during the election, Barack Obama can always count on NBC News to help him navigate his way to whatever victory he seeks. This morning, NBC's First Read -- written by Chuck Todd and others -- is all within the context of winning the argument over the passage of laws that would restrict the law-abiding from purchasing the ability to defend themselves -- in other words, having access to guns.
The Freedom of an Armed Society - Opinionator: The New York Times, Dec. 17, 2012 -- The night of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., I was in the car with my wife and children, working out details for our eldest son's 12th birthday the following Sunday - convening a group of friends at a showing of the film "The Hobbit." The memory of the Aurora movie theatre massacre was fresh in his mind, so he was concerned that it not be a late night showing. At that moment, like so many families, my wife and I were weighing whether to turn on the radio and expose our children to coverage of the school shootings in Connecticut. We did. The car was silent in the face of the flood of gory details. When the story was over, there was a long thoughtful pause in the back of the car. Then my eldest son asked if he could be homeschooled.
Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States Washtington Post, Dec. 14, 2012 -- When we first collected much of this data, it was after the Aurora, Colo. shootings, and the air was thick with calls to avoid "politicizing" the tragedy. That is code, essentially, for "don't talk about reforming our gun control laws."
Smartphones, Tablets, the Cloud and Guns - All Growth Markets Forbes, Dec. 13, 2012 -- When most investor think of growth markets they tends to think along the lines of technology. It can take many forms - smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets but also in services like the cloud or as some refer to it cloud computing. It's true that demand for those devices is growing rapidly, but there are other markets that are growing.
One way to uncover a potential growth market is to identify pain points. One such pain point as we continue to transition from the analog world and increasingly into the digital one is security.
Florida nears 1 million permits for concealed weapons Reuters, Dec. 12, 2012 -- The number of active concealed weapons licenses in Florida, already home to more owners of such registered weapons than any other U.S. state, is expected to reach the 1 million mark next week, a state official said on Wednesday.
Federal appeals court tosses state ban on carrying concealed weapons Chicago Sun-Times, Dec. 12, 2012 -- SPRINGFIELD - In a huge win for gun-rights groups, a divided federal appeals court in Chicago Tuesday tossed the state's ban on carrying concealed weapons and gave Illinois' Legislature 180 days to craft a law legalizing concealed carry.
Californians buying guns at record rate The Orange County Register, Dec. 6, 2012 -- As of November, the FBI has run 981,798 background checks related to guns in California for 2012, already beating out totals for other years.
Report: NRA shoots blanks this election
The Hill's Ballot Box, Dec. 5, 2012 -- The National Rifle Association (NRA) all but struck out this election in its quest to build a Congress more favorable to gun rights, according to a new nonpartisan report.
Change on veterans' gun rights lights fire Washington Times, Dec. 4, 2012 -- A major defense-spending bill hit an unexpected bump on its journey through the U.S. Senate over an amendment on veterans' gun rights, which devolved into a heated floor debate and foreshadows a potential battle over Democrats' vows to tweak the filibuster rules in the clubby, traditionally collegial body.
Bob Costas gun control speech: Twitter takes aim at Costas gun riff POLITICO.com, Dec. 3, 2012 -- Herman Cain, Ted Nugent and Michelle Malking were among a wave of conservatives who sacked NBC broadcaster Bob Costas on Twitter on Monday after he offered support for gun control on a "Sunday Night Football" halftime segment on the broadcast of the Dallas Cowboys-Philadelphia Eagles game.
Guns, Women, and How We Protect Ourselves From Violence TexasSparkle, Dec. 3, 2012 -- As you probably know by now, Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher used a gun to kill his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins and himself, leaving behind a 3 month old daughter. Anti gun advocates are always quick to jump on these kind of tragedies to make their case against gun ownership. Bob Costa took time at the halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys game last night to pontificate using the same boring nonsensical arguments, the most ridiculous being that if guns were just restricted, and if Jovan had not had a gun that morning, he and his girlfriend would still be alive. A completely absurd notion.
People who want to kill other people rarely obey gun laws. See the city of Washington D.C. or the city of Chicago. Strict gun laws only keep guns from law abiding citizens.
Gun market to remain strong
Fears of Obama-led ban drive post-Thanksgiving sales The Asheville Citizen-Times, Nov. 30, 2012 -- Gun sales are likely to remain strong and ammunition prices high next year as President Barack Obama starts his second term, retailers and firearm advocates day.
Record Guns Sales Cause Brief FBI Background Check Problems ABC News, Nov.
28, 2012 -- Shopping malls weren't the only places receiving an influx of
shoppers on Black Friday: According to the FBI, the day after Thanksgiving
saw record gun sales, with 154,873 checks conducted, a 20 percent increase
from last year. And all those calls caused two brief outages for the
bureau's National Instant Check System (NICS), the background check required
for most gun sales in the U.S.
SAF Launches 'Gun Owners Against Illegal Mayors' Project The Sacramento Bee, Nov. 20, 2012 -- BELLEVUE, Wash., -- Inviting Americans to "Meet the Mayors" who have been involved in the anti-gun-rights Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the Second Amendment Foundation is launching a campaign in newspapers, magazines and on the Internet that exposes the criminal and ethical wrongdoings of many members of that organization.
Gun Store: Obama Voters Not Welcome FOX News & Commentary: Todd Starnes, Nov. 17, 2012 -- The owner of an Arizona gun store said he will not sell weapons to customers who voted for President Obama because “you have proven that you are not responsible enough to own a firearm.”
Kessler: FBI Investigation Led to Petraeus Resignation Newsmax, Nov. 9, 2012 -- Ronald Kessler reporting from Washington, D.C. - The resignation of David H. Petraeus as CIA director followed an FBI investigation of many months, raising the question of why he was not forced out until after the election.
Now we know why Benghazi was an issue to which Obama didn't want to respond.
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters On Petraeus: "Timing Is Just Too Perfect" RealClearPolitics, Nov. 9, 2012 -- LT. COL. RALPH PETERS: The timing is just too perfect for the Obama administration. Just as the administration claimed it was purely coincidence that our Benghazi consulate was attacked on the anniversary of September 11th. Now it's purely coincidence that this affair
-- extra-marital affair -- surfaces right after the election, not before, but right after, but before the intelligence chiefs go to Capitol Hill to get grilled.
Blog: The First Cabela's to Close American Thinker, Nov. 4, 2012 -- Cabela's is self-described as the "World's foremost outfitter", and one look at any of their stores would add an exclamation point to that claim. But the store in Cook County Illinois is different; proof that while government may not be able to create jobs or improve an economy, it is more than capable of killing businesses and jobs.
Chicago's Cook County drops bullet tax, keeps gun levy Yahoo! News Canada, Oct. 31, 2012 -- CHICAGO (Reuters) - The senior executive of the county that includes Chicago dropped a proposed tax on bullets on Wednesday but kept a plan to tax firearms to help defray healthcare expenses associated with the high rate of gun violence.
Gun seizures at border crossings on the rise Calgary Herald, Oct. 30, 2012 -- OTTAWA - Less than two weeks after a border guard was shot by an American at a British Columbia crossing, new figures suggest guns - particularly restricted and prohibited ones - are a growing problem for customs officials in the Pacific region.
What President Obama Says He'll Do To Your Gun Rights Forbes, Oct. 24, 2012 -- During the second presidential debate a participant, Nina Gonzalez, asked President Barack Obama, "President Obama, during the Democratic National Convention in 2008, you stated you wanted to keep AK-47s out of the hands of criminals. What has your administration done or planned to do to limit the availability of assault weapons?"
MILLER: Obama's big gun slip Washington Times, Oct. 17, 2012 -- President Obama is in a fix over firearms. He needs to win undecided voters in the swing states to be re-elected, but these areas are largely pro-gun. So after years of trying to dodge the issue, Mr. Obama let it slip in Tuesday's presidential debate that he'd push a gun ban in a second term. It's a revelation that could sway the election.
Obama hints at handgun restrictions too Washington Examiner, Oct. 17, 2012 -- The National Rifle Association, jumping on President Obama's new and firm support for a Clinton-style assault weapons ban, is stepping up its attack on the president in Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Wisconsin with a new "we told you so" theme.
Romney Says No to Gun Control Politics/Gather, Oct. 13, 2012 -- Soon-to-be president Mitt Romney has finally come out making statements on his opposition to any type of new gun control measures. In a speech touching on a number of subjects from healthcare to taxes, Romney stated that he did not believe that America needed any new laws restricting the Second Amendment rights of Americans.
Court rules N.Y. shooting victim can sue gun maker, distributor Chicago Tribune, Oct. 5, 2012 -- ALBANY, New York (Reuters) - A Buffalo man who was shot nearly a decade ago can sue the manufacturer, the distributor and the dealer of the semi-automatic pistol used to shoot him, a New York state appeals court ruled on Friday.
Univision Finds More Weapons Linked to Fast & Furious Breitbart, Oct. 1, 2012 -- The ATF's Operation Fast and Furious allowed over 2,000 guns to walk into the hands of already dangerous Mexican drug cartels.
The agency made no attempt to interdict them. People used the guns to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian and hundreds of Mexican citizens.
Paul Ryan: Eric Holder must go over Fast and Furious The Daily Caller, Sept. 30, 2012 -- Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan agrees with presidential candidate Mitt Romney's call for Attorney General Eric Holder to resign, or for President Barack Obama to fire him, over Operation Fast and Furious, a Ryan spokesman told The Daily Caller.
State adopts wider law on guns LA Times, Sept. 29, 2012 -- SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation
Friday outlawing the open carrying of rifles and shotguns in cities across
Univision finds more Fast and Furious headlines as victims The Daily Caller, Sept. 29, 2012 -- Spanish-language television network Univision plans to air a television special that it said reveals more violence than previously known, as well as the stories of how many more Operation Fast and Furious victims were killed, the network announced in a Friday release.
Paul Ryan supporters post images of their gun-shooting kids on Twitter SF Gate: The Mommy Files, Sept. 27, 2012 -- Yesterday, while campaigning in Ohio, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan made a pit stop at Outdoor World to buy his 10-year-old daughter some camouflage clothing. We’re not talking about a trendy camo mini skirt. Ryan spent $101.14 on a hunting jacket and a pair of gloves for Liza to wear on her first deer-hunting trip.
#gunvote: Where Do Your Candidates Stand? (Video) You Tube, Sept. 20, 2012 --
The usual suspects are at it again. It's disappointing but it's a fact. When tragedy strikes, there will always be politicians who leap to exploit it. They're pushing for new restrictions on ammunition sales, ammunition magazines, and millions of commonly-owned guns.
Furious folly: Report finds fault in ATF 'gun-walking' debacle Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Sept. 24, 2012 -- The scheme run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to track the movement of guns from their sale in the United States into the hands of Mexican drug dealers was every bit as misguided and mismanaged as it seemed. The best report the nation is likely to see on the scandal confirms this view.
D.C. will revisit gun law for outsiders The Washington Times, Sept. 23, 2012 -- A bill that would decriminalize gun
and ammunition possession charges for some legal firearms owners from
outside the city caught traveling through the District with their weapons
goes before a D.C. Council committee Monday, a potential change to the law
that comes too late for one Capitol Heights man.
Debate on concealed weapons at college campuses heats up at Georgia Tech Fox News, Sept. 22, 2012 -- For the past two years, dozens of states have
debated allowing college students to carry concealed weapons on campus. The
issue is heating up in the Peach State where Georgia Tech students say an
uptick of campus violence, has made them uneasy. Some want the right to
carry concealed weapons on campus.
A federal gun-trafficking fiasco
From Fast and Furious to blame and consequences Chicago Tribune, Sept. 21, 2012 -- Given the toxic atmosphere in the nation's capital, no one could know whether official Washington would provide a nonpolitical, down-the-middle accounting of the spectacularly botched Department of Justice gun-trafficking sting known as Operation Fast and Furious. Given the toxic atmosphere in the nation's capital, no one could know whether official Washington would provide a nonpolitical, down-the-middle accounting of the spectacularly botched Department of Justice gun-trafficking sting known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Obama slammed on Fast and Furious on Univision [VIDEO] The Daily Caller, Sept. 20, 2012 -- Interviewers on the Spanish-language television network Univision grilled President Barack Obama about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal plaguing his administration in an interview Thursday.
ATK Defense touts ammo production UPI.com, Sept. 17, 2012 -- ARLINGTON, Va., -- Ammunition supplier ATK Defense reports a production milestone for the U.S. Army - the manufacture of 2 billion 7.62mm rounds.
Gun Sales Hinge on Obama Re-Election The Wall Street Journal,Sept. 14, 2012 -- As Cabela's Inc. prepares the selection of guns it will sell for the holiday season and winter hunting, the outdoor-gear retailer has two plans: one if President Barack Obama is re-elected, and one if he isn't.
Medellin Cartel Gets Fast and Furious Guns Fox News Latino, Sept. 11, 2012 -- Guns walked in the ATF operations "Castaway" and "Fast and Furious" have found their way to drug dealers in Colombia's second-largest city, according to Colombian daily El Tiempo.
Did Colorado shooter single out Cinemark theater because it banned guns Fox News, Sept. 10, 2012 -- With 12 dead and 58 wounded, the July 20th shooting at the Cinemark Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado was sure to result in a lawsuit. On Friday, the first suit was announced, claiming Cinemark has "primary responsibility." The theater did have responsibility for the attack, but not for the reasons that the lawyers bringing the case think.
Second arrest in "Fast and Furious" killing CBS News, Sept. 8, 2012 -- (AP) MEXICO CITY - Mexican federal police announced Friday that they have arrested a suspect in the killing of U.S.
Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the slaying at the center of the scandal over the botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Widow turns tragedy into a cause for gun rights USA Today, Sept. 8, 2012, -- NASHVILLE, Tenn.-- Clutching a .38-caliber revolver stashed in her sparkly blue purse makes 36-year-old Nikki Goeser feel more secure when walking to her car at night.
Gun Sales Surge: An Obama Bounce? US Business News-CNBC, Sept. 8, 2012 -- The gun business is booming. The
question is, why? Smith & Wesson stock Friday was zooming, thanks to a
stellar earnings report. The firearms maker also boosted its outlook for the
rest of the year. Because of the strong business, its backlog of orders more
than doubled from the same quarter last year, the company is concentrating on boosting production and building inventory.
GHEI: ATF's latest gun grab Washington Times, Sept. 6, 2012 -- The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process. In a final rule published last week, the Justice Department granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
(ATF) authority to "seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled-substance abuses." That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any crime.
Smith & Wesson raises full-year forecast, shares jump Reuters, Sept. 6, 2012 -- Gunmaker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (SWHC.O) raised its full-year sales forecast as it expects to continue tapping into the growing demand for guns in the United States and boosting production capacity.
GOP set to OK most pro-gun platform ever Washington Examiner, Aug. 27, 2012 -- TAMPA, Fla. - Delegates to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday will approve the most pro-gun platform ever, staking out support for national concealed carry reciprocity and opposing domestic restrictions on ammunition and United Nations interference in gun sales.
Police Dilemma Over Gun Rules The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 24, 2012 -- A gunman walking the street near the Empire State Building Friday presented New York City police officers with a harrowing question for the second time in less than two weeks: Confronted by an armed suspect on a crowded Midtown street, should they open fire when bystanders are so close?
Gun sales in California may reach record high this year Contra Costa Times, Aug. 24, 2012 -- Though gun sales may reach a record high in California this year, gun shops and ranges say that shootings like the one that occurred Friday at the Empire State Building typically have little effect on their business.
What The Left Won't Tell You About The Boom In U.S. Gun Sales Forbes, Aug. 23, 2012 -- As gun sales surged in early 2009 the going joke among employees of gun manufacturers was that President Barack Obama was the “greatest gun salesman of all time.” The trouble with this backhanded complement, however, is Left-leaning news outlets have since used it to avoid something that really scares them.
MILLER: Gun training The Washington Times, Aug. 22, 2012 -- Illinois is the only state in the country that denies all rights to carry arms. When I arrived there this week, however, I felt like I was free compared to the District. To get better at shooting, I took a ladies self-defense training course taught by Rob Pincus at the Winchester Ammunition in the Prairie State.
Temple massacre has some Sikhs mulling gun ownership Fox News, Aug. 21, 2012 -- The Sikh temple massacre prompted calls for stricter gun control, but some members of the India-based faith -- who carry ceremonial knives -- are considering taking up firearms in light of the tragedy.
Town Hall: CU gun rule may endanger students (poll) The Gazette, Aug. 20, 2012 -- Nearly all modern massacres have occurred in “gun-free” zones. It is likely that gun-free zones attract homicidal maniacs, who want the highest death tolls possible before they are stopped. If guns aren’t allowed, no one is likely to shoot back. It is hard to imagine that mere coincidence explains the common thread of “gun-free” rules at massacre locations, such as Columbine High School, Aurora’s Century 16 Theater and Virginia Tech. It seems like common sense that “no gun” signs ensure predators of soft, defenseless targets.
Most don't want guns in churches, poll shows The Salt Lake Tribune, Aug. 16, 2012 -- After the movie theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., and a deadly shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wis., Americans are divided on gun control, and within certain religious groups, attitudes are far from ambivalent.
Social Security Administration To Purchase 174 Thousand Rounds Of Hollow Point Bullets
Preparing for civil unrest? Ammunition to be delivered to 41 locations across U.S. Alex Jones' Infowar.com, Aug. 15, 2012 -- First it was the Department of Homeland Security, then it was the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and now the Social Security Administration is set to purchase 174,000 rounds of hollow point bullets that will be delivered to 41 locations across the country.
2nd Amendment Spike: nation sees upswing in gun, ammo sales Tri-Parish Times, Aug. 15, 2012 -- It’s a question that inevitably crosses millions of minds every day, but in the wake of the tragedies in Aurora, Colo., and Milwaukee, Wis., the what ifs in recent weeks have revolved around firearms, ammunition and the laws that surround them from state to state.
More federal agencies buy multithousands of rounds of ammo Examiner, Aug. 16, 2012 -- A news report today indicates that the Social Security Administration has purchased 174,000 rounds of ammunition, adding the agency to a growing list of federal agencies that have purchased multithousands of rounds of ammo over the last six months.
The Law - And Reality - Of Gun Access NPR, Aug. 15, 2012 -- Timothy Courtois' family had been worried about him for weeks. They repeatedly told police in Biddeford, Maine, that the 49-year-old was off his meds for bipolar disorder. And police were also told he had guns. But still, because he wasn't doing anything that rose to the legal definition of imminent threat, police said their hands were tied.
A Kalashnikov Factory in Russia Survives on Sales to U.S. Gun Owners The New York Times, Aug. 14, 2012 -- IZHEVSK, Russia — The nickname of this town, home of the factory that makes Kalashnikov rifles, is the “Armory of Russia.” Over the years, it has armed a good number of other countries, too, as the lathes and presses of the Izhevsk Machine Works clanged around the clock to forge AK-47s and similar guns for insurgents and armies around the world.
Brady Campaign wants gun discussion at debate Politico, Aug. 13, 2012 -- The pro-gun control Brady Campaign is out with a new letter, asking presidential debate moderator Jim Lehrer to press both President Obama and Mitt Romney on gun control.
GOP sues to force Obama compliance on Fast and Furious The Washington Times, Aug. 13, 2012 -- House Republicans on Monday asked the federal courts to intervene and force the Obama administration to turn over documents from the botched Fast and Furious gun-walking operation, escalating what had been a simmering constitutional crisis.
Gun store owner to stop giving range users' names to police Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Aug. 13, 2012 -- For nearly three years, the owners at Brew City Shooters Supply -- formerly known as Badger Guns -- were turning over the names of everyone who used the shooting range to West Milwaukee police.
Darrell Issa to Sue Eric Holder Monday Roll Call, Aug. 12, 2012 -- House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to sue Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday for refusing to provide documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling operation.
Gun control creates victims Washington Times, Aug. 9, 2012 -- The nation has witnessed two very high-profile shootings in recent weeks — one at a Colorado theater and another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Kansas women's interest in guns shoots up The Sacramento Bee, Aug. 9, 2012 --
WICHITA, Kan. -- Becky Blackburn and Kristie Wichert have never shot a gun before.
But on a Thursday evening, they were sitting in a classroom at Bullseye Shooting Range in Wichita with four other women to learn how to shoot handguns.
Sikh temple shooting: Gun shop owner says Wade Page seemed normal Los Angeles Times, Aug. 7, 2012 -- OAK CREEK, Wis. -- Wade Michael Page, the man investigators say killed six people and critically wounded three others at a Sikh temple Sunday before dying in a shootout with police, did not appear dangerous when he bought a handgun at a shop last month, the shop owner says.
Opinion: From Gun Control to Paid Sick Leave, Progressives Don't Wait for Washington WNYC, Aug. 6, 2012 -- If you're fighting for workers' rights or to strengthen sensible gun laws, you might not feel at home on Capitol Hill. Which is why more and more progressive advocates are taking their fights local - pushing city and state governments to take action on progressive legislation where DC can't or won't. And like their conservative counterparts who have employed this strategy for decades, liberal advocates may soon see real progress.
Gov. Quinn stands up to People of the Gun Chicago Sun-Times, Aug. 6, 2012 -- Last week, I lamented the lack of leadership on gun control. Even after last month’s movie theater horror in Aurora, Colo., the politicians are still cowering and quivering.
Sen. Michael Gianaris Prepares Gun Control Package New York Daily News, Aug. 6, 2012 -- Here is the lead item from my "Albany Insider" column this week: State Sen. Michael Gianaris points to recent gun violence in New York City, not to mention the Colorado massacre, as he crafts a package of bills to give New York the country’s toughest gun laws.
Gun-toting girls a surefire winner
Yahoo! Sports, Aug. 5, 2012 -- Scantily clad girls with guns. There's no more surefire winner to promote a sport struggling to grab airtime and attention. For a hint on tactics that work, look no further than beach volleyball.
California Jewelry Store Owner Fires Back at Armed Robbers ABC News, Aug. 2, 2012 -- On Wednesday, five masked men poured into a jewelry store in a strip mall in Garden Grove, Calif., expecting to carry out a simple smash and grab robbery. But within less than a minute, they discovered they were no match for the store’s owner, a gray-haired woman whose finger seems quite comfortable on the trigger.
Senate blocks Cybersecurity Act ZDNet, Aug. 2, 2012 -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday voted against moving forward on the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, ending the bill's chances at final passage. The final blow came despite U.S. President Barack Obama's statements saying the legislation would help the U.S. fight "the cyber threat to our nation," which he called "one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face."
Grandmothers: Armed and Unafraid News Channel 5 wptv.com, Aug. 1, 2012 -- LAKE PARK, Fla. - Armed and unafraid, senior women are fired up about owning a gun. For 69-year-old Linda Lathrop that's a complete 180.
Gun ruling may become a model for the nation USA Today, Aug. 1, 2012 -- Wilmington, Del. -- In a decision that may become a model for the nation, a federal judge here ruled that gun restrictions imposed by the Wilmington Housing Authority on its residents are constitutional.
Scalia: Guns May be Regulated - John Aloysius Farrell National Journal, July 29, 2012 -- Justice Antonin Scalia, one of the Supreme Court's most vocal and conservative justices, said on Sunday that the Second Amendment leaves room for U.S. legislatures to regulate guns, including menacing hand-held weapons.
Colorado massacre: Gun-control talk fizzles -- and fast
Why are so many willing to back down when logic is on their side?
Star Tribune, July 28, 2012 -- Talk about power: The gun lobby barely had to say a word before the media sent advocates of saner gun regulation shuffling off in defeat.
Gun sales point upward
Presidential election, arms treaty, self-defense all seen as possible factors The Conway Daily Sun, July 28, 2012 -- CONCORD — A controversial presidential election and an arms treaty being debated at the U.N. have contributed to strong gun sales this year. There's some indication that the tragic shooting in Aurora, Colo. has spurred even more gun purchases in the Granite State.
Obama calls for strengthening gun rules, Reid says no time for debate Fox News, July 27, 2012 -- As President Obama added his voice to the push for stricter gun rules in the wake of the Colorado movie theater massacre, the suggestion made a prompt thud on Capitol Hill when the top Senate Democrat said he can't fit the gun control debate in the schedule
Disarming We the People - Charles C. W. Cooke
The question is not whether there will be guns, but who gets them. National Review, July 25, 2012 -- When composing their unlettered overtures to disarmament, those who agitate for “gun control” tend to do three things. The first is to ask for a “national conversation,” the second is to ignore that such a conversation is already happening, and the third is to neglect that its interlocutors extend well beyond the halls of power and offices of K Street.
Obama pledges more action on guns The Washington Post, July 25, 2012 -- NEW ORLEANS — President Obama promised Wednesday to lead a national discussion about gun control after the deadly mass shootings last week in Colorado, wading into the gun issue more extensively than at any other time in his presidency.
Opinion: Thank you, NRA - Rich Lowry Politico, July 25, 2012 -- In America, we are supposed to like constitutional rights. One would think than an organization that vigilantly--and effectively--safeguards a constitutional right would be honored as a kind of national jewel.
NRA Muscle Chills Gun-Control Talk After Shootings Bloomberg Businessweek, July 25, 2012 -- While tragedies like the mass murder in a Colorado movie theater once spurred congressional action to control guns, the reaction on Capitol Hill this time has been virtual silence.
A Way Out of the Gun Stalemate The New York Times, July 24, 2012 -- THE national conversation about guns, since James E. Holmes shot 12 people to death and wounded 58 others at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., has been a dialogue of the deaf. Unless gun-control advocates and gun-rights supporters stop screaming at each other and look for common ground on how to deal with gun violence, the next massacre is only a matter of time.
Gun sales surging in wake of 'Dark Knight Rises' shooting New York Post, July 25, 2012 -- DENVER — Firearms sales are surging in the wake of the Colorado movie massacre as buyers express fears about both personal safety and anti-gun lawmakers who might use the shooting to seek new weapons restrictions.
Aurora theater shooting: Gun sales up since tragedy Denver Post, July 23, 2012 -- Background checks for people wanting to buy guns in Colorado jumped more than 41 percent after Friday morning's shooting at an Aurora movie theater, and firearms instructors say they're also seeing increased interest in the training required for a concealed-carry permit.
Aurora's Arsenal, Explained: Feds Can't Track Stockpiled Guns Wired, July 23, 2012 -- If you want to kill large numbers of people, you should seriously consider buying a handgun or assault rifle. As the movie-theater massacre in Aurora, Colorado demonstrated, chances are federal law enforcement and homeland security and counterterrorism agents won’t see you amassing an arsenal of assault rifles, handguns and ammunition.
James Holmes, Aurora Shooting Suspect, Used Internet For Arsenal Huffington Post, July 23, 2012 -- DENVER -- In a world where Amazon can track your next book purchase and you must register to buy allergy medicine, James Holmes spent months stockpiling thousands of bullets and head-to-toe ballistic gear without raising any red flags with authorities.
Demographics Change Among Gun Training Classes KREX News Channel 5, July 21, 2012 -- GRAND JUNCTION, COLO.- It's not just men learning to protect themselves, kids and women are coming out in numbers to learn defensive tactics as well. Children that have family members in the military went through their own training today as a part of a Family Systems Program with the Colorado National Guard. The kids learned everything from CPR to night vision, to rope climbing and gun training. Amy Nolan, an Army Reserve Officer, brought her two boys to the event.
Colorado shooting unlikely to spur changes in gun laws Reuters, July 21, 2012 -- Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is a member of a coalition called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, but when he issued a statement expressing shock and horror on Friday after a mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater, he had nothing to say about gun control.
Lawmakers: 'Ominous' video a warning to ATF whistle-blowers after 'Furious' Fox News, July 19, 2012 -- The head of ATF recently warned employees that they will face "consequences" if they don't "respect the chain of command," in what Republican lawmakers are decrying as an "ominous message" meant to frighten would-be whistle-blowers in the wake of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.
Why gun lovers still fear President Obama - Darren Samuelsohn Politico, July 19, 2012 -- President Barack Obama hasn't done much of anything to curb Americans' gun rights. Despite his 2008 campaign pledges, he hasn't pushed to reinstate the assault weapons ban. And he hasn't tried to force background checks on people who buy firearms from unlicensed dealers at gun shows.
A sneaky way to control guns New York Daily News, July 18, 2012 -- Gun-control advocates and the Obama administration are rushing to complete negotiations in New York on a proposed international agreement called the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.
City gun sellers provide valuable service to citizens Journal Sentinel Online, July 17, 2012 -- On Nov. 1, 2011, Wisconsin's concealed carry law went into affect. Since then, nearly 130,000 law-abiding Wisconsin residents have applied for and received their concealed carry licenses from the State of Wisconsin. Law-abiding citizens from all walks of life, every age, race, gender, political party and demographic now exercise their right to carry for self-protection.
Opposition to UN arms treaty heats up The Hill, July 2, 2012 -- Some 130 lawmakers sent President Obama a letter on Monday expressing their opposition to a pending arms trade treaty if it impinges on gun rights and U.S. sovereignty in any way.
Gun group takes 'junk' guns to Chicago for trade-in The Sacramento Bee, July 1, 2012 -- CHICAGO - Last weekend, members of a downstate Illinois pro-gun group drove to Chicago, handed in about 60 weapons to the city's trade-in program and walked out with more than $6,200 in gift cards.
Company wants to bring gun store to the Las Vegas Strip KTNV 13 News, June 28, 2012 -- Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An Italian company could soon make it possible to purchase or shoot a gun on the Las Vegas Strip. Beretta hopes to open a store along other high-end retailers inside The Shoppes at The Palazzo.
House holds Holder in contempt over 'Fast and Furious' documents The Washington Times, June 28, 2012 -- The House on Thursday cited Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for contempt of Congress in a historic vote weighted with political significance — though it does little to break the stalemate over his decision to withhold documents regarding the Justice Department’s actions in a botched gunwalking operation.
Issa Letter Hammers Obama on Operation 'Fast and Furious' National Journal, June 26, 2012 -- The chairman of the House oversight committee investigating White House involvement in the botched “gun-walking” program that led to the 2010 death of U.S. Border Patrol agent accused President Obama on Monday of downplaying his involvement in the program or intentionally obstructing the Congress' inquiry.
Issa acknowledges Fast and Furious whistleblower once proposed 'gunwalking' Fox News, June 25, 2012 -- For the first time since Congress began investigating Operation Fast and Furious more than a year ago, a top lawmaker on Sunday publicly acknowledged another botched "gunwalking" investigation that was proposed and conducted by the Fast and Furious scandal's chief whistleblower.
Boehner calls for 'gun-walking' documents TwinCities.com, June 21, 2012 -- WASHINGTON -- Speaker John Boehner demanded Thursday, June 21, that the Obama administration give in and turn over documents related to a botched gun-tracking operation, insisting that's the only way to stop a House vote to hold the attorney general in contempt.
NRA to score Holder contempt vote The Hill, June 20, 2012 -- The National Rifle Association (NRA) will score a House panel vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.
Obama Claims Executive Privilege in Gun Case
House Panel’s Vote Steps Up Partisan Fight on Gun Inquiry New York Times, June 20, 2012 -- WASHINGTON — A long-simmering fight between Republican lawmakers and the Obama administration sharply escalated on Wednesday, as a Congressional panel recommended that the House of Representatives cite Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for contempt and President Obama asserted executive privilege to shield Justice Department documents from disclosure.
Federal judge strikes down part of Chicago's gun law Chicago Tribune, June 19, 2012 -- Chicago's firearm ordinance took another blow Tuesday when a federal judge ruled that the section banning permits for people convicted of unlawful use of a weapon is vague and unconstitutional.
Holder to Comply in Part With Gun Inquiry Request The New York Times, June 14, 2012 -- WASHINGTON — Attorney General Eric. H. Holder Jr. said Thursday that he was willing to partially comply with a subpoena for documents from the Justice Department about a gun-trafficking operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
Eric Holder Makes Offer on Some 'Fast and Furious' Documents Roll Call, June 14, 2012 -- Attorney General Eric Holder today offered to produce a key category of internal Justice Department documents related to House Republicans’ “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe and to negotiate the details with House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).
Texas man convicted in stand-your-ground case USA Today, June 14, 2012 -- HOUSTON (AP) -- A retired Houston-area firefighter faces up to life in prison after a jury convicted him of murder for gunning down his unarmed neightbor during a duspute over a noisy house party.
Method to Track Firearm Use is Stalled by Foes New York Times, June 12, 2012 -- Identifying the firearm used in a crime is one of the biggest challenges for criminal investigators. But what if a shell casing picked up at a murder scene could immediately be tracked to the gun that fired it?
4 killed in Sacramento home attack CBSNews.com, (AP) SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Authorities sought a motive Sunday after an assailant entered a Sacramento home and shot four people to death, police said. The suspect also was wounded and in critical condition.
Holder and Rep. Issa Clash Again Over Fast and Furious The New York Times, June 8, 2012 -- WASHINGTON — Representative Darrell Issa told Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday that he was “not a good witness” as the two clashed once again over the botched gun trafficking case known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Issa, Holder square off over Fast and Furious The Washington Examiner, June 7, 2012 -- Republicans on Thursday stepped up pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder to hand over documents related to the Justice Department's Fast and Furious "gun-walking" operation, peppering Holder with evidence leaked to the House committee by a mole inside Holder's department.
Olympic swimmers in trouble again over gun photos USA Today Sports, June 7, 2012 -- SYDNEY – Olympic swimmers Nick D'Arcy and Kenrick Monk are in hot water again after being ordered to remove photos of themselves posing with guns from their social media sites.
Court rules OKs gun shows at county fairgrounds SF Gate, June 2, 2012 -- Alameda County's agreement to allow gun sales at the county fairgrounds in Pleasanton, with firearms tethered to display tables, won a federal appeals court's approval Friday, signaling an end to a 12-year lawsuit by gun-rights advocates.
Surviving the zombie apocalypse Hickory Daily Record, June 2, 2012 -- How will you survive the zombie apocalypse? That’s the question Jack Simons will answer during his Zombie Survival course next week.
Cops gun down man for legally carrying firearm World Net Daily, June 1, 2012 -- Erik Scott was a West Point graduate who went on to serve honorably in the Army, get his MBA from Duke and establish a lucrative career in real estate and as a sales rep for a medical device company. He was 38 years old when he was gunned down in portico of a Las Vegas area Costco store by officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
Idaho town seeks to lure gun and ammo makers CBS News, May 24, 2012 -- POTLATCH, Idaho — This small community in the forested, western foothills of the Rocky Mountains was created as a company town to house workers for the nation's largest white pine sawmill, and its tidy homes and straight, tree-lined streets are a testament to its planners.
Police nab airline pilot with loaded gun in luggage Yahoo! News, May 17, 2012 -- BUFFALO, New York (Reuters) - An airline pilot was arrested Friday morning at Buffalo Niagara International Airport after security screeners discovered a loaded revolver in his baggage.
MILLER: Injured vet's guns stolen by D.C. The Washington Times, May 15, 2012 -- After being injured on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, Lt. Augustine Kim spent the night in a D.C. jail for possessing unregistered guns.
Gun bill sparks questions The News Star, May 13, 2012 -- Louisiana is close to possessing the strongest pro-gun legislation in the nation.
Kalispell Gun Company Makes Waves With Titanium Rifle NBC Montana, May 13, 2012 -- KALISPELL, Mont. -- A Kalispell gun company has made the world’s first all-titanium assault rifle, and it’s gaining national attention. Manufacturers have made individual gun parts out of titanium, but never a full assault rifle, until now.
Oklahoma senators approve open-carry gun bill The Chicago Tribune, May 10, 2012 -- OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - A bill to allow Oklahomans with a concealed-carry permit to openly carry their handguns is headed to the governor, who is expected to sign the legislation that passed the state Senate on Thursday.
Anti-gun group downplays 'Operation Fast and Furious' death toll The Daily Caller, May 6, 2012 -- A spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, a left-wing antigun group based in Washington, D.C., told The Daily Caller his organization doesn't believe firearms trafficked to Mexico in Operaiton Fast and Furious have killed hundreds of civilians in that country. That those guns have been used often to kill Mexicans is a position articulated by both Attorney General Eric Holder and Mexican authorities.
MILLER: D.C. folds in gun rights battle The Washington Times, May 7, 2012 -- Give the Council of the District of Columbia some credit. They're actually responding to criticisms about how the city's gun laws are being implemented.
Gun sales booming in Wisconsin this year Rockford Register Star, May 7, 2012 -- MILWAUKEE — Firearms-related businesses in Wisconsin say they are having a difficult time meeting demand from rising gun sales in the state.
Russian Gun Group Joins IAPCAR's Global Gun Rights Coalition The Sacramento Bee, May 4, 2012 -- The International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights (IAPCAR) added Russia's The Right to Arms as its newest member working to protect and expand the right to keep and bear arms around the globe. Right to Arms joins a coalition of 20 other groups from 11 countries on five different continents that represent millions of firearm owners and citizens concerned about civilian arms rights.
Plan to turn Fetla's into gun range revived Chicago Tribune, May 4, 2012 -- VALPARAISO — The proposal to revive the former Fetla's Trading Post as a shooting range will be brought back again Tuesday, but this time the owners hope to do it in the city.
Gun Jam: Sales Clog as Fears, Election, Doomsday, Rise The Missourian, May 4, 2012 -- Fears linked to November's election, street crime, civil unrest, doomsday prophecies and even a zombie apocalypse have metro Detroiters buying firearms at a brisk pace. But the boom times in gun sales are not as lucrative for local gun shops as they could be.
Last gun shop in Cambridge to close its doors
Roach's Sporting Goods (and gun shop) to close after 108 years
The Boston Globe, May 4, 2012 -- In the famously liberal city of Cambridge, there has been but one place for the past several years to legally buy a gun or a rifle, while also picking through wading boots or canoes, all under the gaze of a giant moose head peering down from the wall.
Press Release: Armed Citizen Alliance
May 3, 2012 -- THE ACA MISSION:
The Armed Citizen Alliance (ACA) provides an avenue for ordinary citizens to practice, train, and become familiar with the use of concealed carry handguns and other personal defense firearms in an organized recreational context that simulates real-world situations. It has two core missions.
Gun meddlers strike again Toronto Sun, May 3, 2012 -- We’ve got a problem across Canada right now regarding gun registries, government appointees overstepping their bounds and the fact that, try as you might, it is pretty near impossible to kill off a government program.
Gov. Scott: No downtown gun ban for GOP convention Fox News, May 2, 2012 -- Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott has rejected a request from the Tampa mayor to prohibit the carrying of guns in downtown during the Republican National Convention this summer because it would infringe upon "sacred constitutional traditions," according to a letter released Wednesday.
NH bill makes gun licenses optional Boston Globe, April 30, 2012 -- CONCORD, N.H.—The Senate is voting Wednesday whether to make permits to carry concealed, loaded guns anyplace where gun possession is legal optional in New Hampshire.
ATF: 68,000 guns in Mexico traced to U.S. The Washington Post, April 27, 2012 -- Mexican authorities have recovered 68,000 guns in the past five years that have been traced back to the United States, the federal government said Thursday.
Firearms industry jobs up 30 percent from 2008 to 2011 McClatchy, April 26, 2012 -- These are high times for gun makers and firearms retailers.
While many sectors have been slogging through the recession and an anemic recovery, the firearms business has seen growth both nationally and locally.
George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting Reuters, April 25, 2012 -- A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009. The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law's dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show.
Fashion Statement Is Clear - the Gun Isn't The New York Times, April 23, 2012 -- Woolrich, a 182-year-old clothing company, describes its new chino pants as an elegant and sturdy fashion statement, with a clean profile and fabric that provides comfort and flexibility.
'American Guns' star Richard Wyatt says gun control talk spurs gun sales Fox News, April 22, 2012 -- LOS ANGELES -- From creating a zombie gun to repairing the design flaws in a Civil War-era cannon, the Wyatt family and their now famed Denver-based business Gunsmoke are back for another season of “American Guns” on Discovery – and they say they’re busier than ever.
Michigan is an 'open carry' state for guns Morning Sun (Michigan), April 16, 2012 -- In early February, Mt. Pleasant police responded to what they thought was an armed robbery in progress, but what was reported as a .22 caliber rifle was actually a broken umbrella.
Gun enthusiasts unite at NRA convention CBS News, April 14, 2012 -- ST. LOUIS - Avid hunter Rob West drove from Chillicothe, Ohio, to St. Louis this week to join some 70,000 fellow National Rifle Association members at the organization's annual convention, where seven acres of guns and gear were on display and where politics was never far from anyone's mind.
Opinion: Is gun control dead? The Washington Post, April 13, 2012 -- Monday marks five years since the massacre at Virginia Tech, where a mentally ill student, Seung Hui Cho, used two handguns he had bought legally to kill 32 people and wound 25 others. Other than a relatively minor law to improve the national database used for background checks, no significant gun-control legislation followed that tragedy.
Mitt Romney warns NRA against an 'unrestrained' second-term Obama LA Times, April 13, 2012 -- Reporting from St. Louis—Mitt Romney drew a warm reception from the National Rifle Assn. on Friday as he attacked President Obama for “employing every imaginable ruse and ploy” to restrict gun rights, which Romney pledged not to do if elected in November.
Mitt Romney Assures Gun Rights Group of His Fealty The New York Times, April 13, 2012 -- ST. LOUIS — As he seeks to inspire the conservative base ahead of the general election, Mitt Romney spoke to the National Rifle Association on Friday, seeking the support of a powerful group that has not always warmed up to him.
Most Americans back gun lobby, right to use deadly force Chicago Tribune, April 13, 2012 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Most Americans support the right to use deadly force to protect themselves - even in public places - and have a favorable view of the National Rifle Association, the main gun-lobby group, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed.
Sales Surge as Annie Gets Her Gun CNBC, April 12, 2012 -- Tina Wilson-Cohen is calm, encouraging, and confident, especially when she's teaching kids how to fire guns. Today, the Josoeitz family came in for a lesson with her over their spring break.
Romney Varmint-Hunting Tales Aimed at Gun-Owning Skeptics Bloomberg, April 12, 2012 -- In his hunt for voters, Mitt Romney has talked about gunning for everything from “small varmints” to elk. It hasn’t eased nervousness among some firearms owners about the former Massachusetts governor’s fidelity to their issue.
NRA seeking 'reassurance' from Romney
Candidate to address gun group that’s uneasy over past positions The Washington Times, April 12, 2012 -- When Mitt Romney speaks to the National Rifle Association on Friday it will bring into focus a major difference between him and President Obama: One is counting on Second Amendment voters to show up at the polls, while the other has sidestepped gun-related issues in the run-up to the election.
N.R.A. Influence Seen in Expansion of Self-Defense Laws The New York Times, April 12, 2012 -- No one had yet heard of a Florida teenager named Trayvon Martin when a group of Wisconsin Republicans got together last year to discuss expanding a self-defense bill before the State Legislature.
Ex-Glock Executive Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison Associated Press, April 12, 2012 -- A former executive for Glock Inc. convicted of stealing a pistol and millions of dollars from the gun manufacturing giant was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison even as his supporters raised questions about his conviction.
MILLER: Have gun, will travel
Congress moves to stop states from stepping on Second Amendment The Washington Times, April 12, 2012 -- Law-abiding gun owners can run into serious trouble when on the move. Venturing into firearm-unfriendly states creates confusion about what individuals need to do to abide by a confusing maze of regulations. Congress should act to prevent honest citizens from winding up behind bars because police are misinformed.
U.S. border agent accused of gun smuggling ordered detained Reuters, April 11, 2012 -- A U.S. Border Patrol agent, accused of buying guns in the United States and smuggling them to Mexico for use by drug cartels, must remain in jail pending a detention hearing later this week, a U.S. Magistrate Judge ruled on Tuesday.
Police discuss self-defense in wake of Florida shooting The Arizona Republic, April 10, 2012 -- In the wake of the fatal shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, Scottsdale Assistant Police Chief John Cocca stressed that residents should be "the best witnesses possible" if they are caught in the midst of a crime.
Gun owners seek end to state barriers to concealed weapons Chicago Tribune, April 10, 2012 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Ryan Jerome took his .45-caliber Ruger with him to Manhattan last September and thought he understood the city's weapons laws when he carried his loaded handgun on a side trip to the Empire State Building.
Romney to Address NRA Weeks After Revealing He's a Gun Owner ABC News, April 9, 2012 -- Mitt Romney will address the National Rifle Association‘s annual meeting later this week, a speech that comes at a crucial time for the candidate who is working to appeal to the conservative base of his party as he inches closer to clinching the Republican nomination.
Three plead guilty in botched "Fast and Furious" gun-running sting Yahoo! News, April 6, 2012 -- PHOENIX (Reuters) - Three men pleaded guilty on Thursday to charges of trafficking high-powered rifles and other guns to Mexico from Arizona under the botched "Fast and Furious" federal sting operation tied to the murder of a U.S. federal agent.
Gun Dealer Accused As Part Of 'Fast And The Furious' To Change Plea Fox News, April 5, 2010 -- A man accused of buying two rifles found at the scene of the fatal shooting of a federal agent near the Arizona-Mexico border is scheduled to change his plea Thursday in the federal government's botched gun smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
Gun dealers' protection challenged in Alaska case San Francisco Chronicle, April 4, 2012 -- Washington -- A Bush-era federal law that protects gun dealers from being liable for homicides committed with guns from their shops is under fire in an Alaska court case that has led the Justice Department and gun-control.
Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman And The Media's Misleading Rhetoric On Guns Fox News, April 3, 2012 -- Democrats want to make gun control an issue in the upcoming November elections. With Obama telling gun control proponents last year to be patient, that he was pushing gun control “under the radar,” it was probably always destined to be an issue. But the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Florida has opened up an opportunity for Democrats to more openly embrace it.
Federal judge says N.C. can't ban all citizens' guns during emergencies Winston-Salem Journal, April 2, 2012 -- When winter storms slammed North Carolina in early 2010, Gov. Bev Perdue declared a state of emergency. The city of King followed on Feb. 5 with its own declaration of emergency that included — as allowed by state law — a ban on the possession of alcohol and firearms except at a person's own home.
'Stand your ground' laws not just GP policy, records show The Daily Caller, April 1, 2012 -- Despite liberal protesters' claims that Florida's so-called "stand your ground" gun law demonstrates that Republican policymakers are responsible for the February death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an analysis of its legislative history shows that it was a bipartisan effort -- and that no Florida Democratic state senator voted against it.
Florida: fertile ground for pro-gun laws The Miami Herald, March 31, 2012 -- In addition to Stand Your Ground, dozens of gun rights laws have sailed through Florida’s Legislature in the last decade, making the state a Second Amendment trailblazer for the rest of the nation.
N.J. high court tosses gun charges The Inquirer, Mar. 30, 2012 -- A man who bought guns legally in Colorado - but was arrested and slapped with a seven-year prison sentence for not having a permit to carry them in New Jersey - had two of the three charges filed against him overturned by the state Supreme Court on Friday.
Arrest of 80-year-old man renews Illinois gun law debate Chicago Tribune, March 28, 2012 -- An 80-year-old man who was arrested after shooting a burglary suspect in his South Side home brought renewed attention Tuesday to Illinois gun laws, this time involving whether an elderly resident with weapons convictions from decades ago should have the right to use a gun to defend himself.
Internal Memo Shows ATF Rank And File Don't Trust The Brass Fox News, March 26, 2012 -- Top leaders at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, already under fire from lawmakers in the wake of the “Fast and Furious” debacle, also get harsh marks from the men and women who serve under them, according to an internal survey.
Citing Backlog, Sturm, Ruger Suspends New Gun Orders Hartford Courant, March 22, 2012 -- Fairfield-based gunmaker Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. said it has temporarily stopped taking new orders after receiving orders for more than 1 million firearms in the first two months of 2012.
Gun Sales Explode As Election Looms Fox News, Mar. 22, 2012 -- Sales of handguns and ammunition are booming across the country, and retailers say it’s all about the November election.
Solution to Alameda County fair gun show ban? San Francisco Chronicle, Mar. 20, 2012 -- A 12-year battle over gun shows at the Alameda County fair took a new twist Monday when a county lawyer told a federal appeals court that gun sales would be allowed if the weapon were secured to a table - and a gun-rights advocate reluctantly agreed that the idea was a possible solution.
California gun shows caught in the crossfire Oroville Mercury-Register, Mar. 20, 2012 -- Before the end of this year, Russell and Sallie Nordyke will set up shop for at least five gun shows at the Santa Clara County fairgrounds, providing a gathering spot for thousands of gun enthusiasts to buy and sell rifles, pistols and other weapons.
Putting Guns Out in the Open
The Wall Street Journal, Mar. 19, 2012 -- TULSA, Okla.—Gun owners in this state could walk down the street openly packing their pistols under legislation passed by lawmakers that would make Oklahoma the first state in seven years to allow residents to openly display their handguns in public.
Prime gunwalking suspect was held by ATF but released, documents show CBS News, Mar. 19, 2012 -- The prime suspect in the botched gun trafficking investigation known as "Fast and Furious" -- Manuel Acosta -- was taken into custody and might have been stopped from trafficking weapons to Mexico's killer drug cartel early on. But the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) let him go, according to new documents obtained by CBS News.
Gun rights lawsuits take aim at Illinois, Chicago The Sacramento Bee, Mar. 18, 2012 -- CHICAGO -- In an unrelenting campaign to overturn restrictive handgun laws in Illinois, gun rights advocates have pummeled Chicago and the state with lawsuits that could keep them entangled in court battles for years.
Fear & reloading Wyoming Tribune Eagle, March 18, 2012 --
More people are buying guns amid worries about Obama's re-election and predictions of the world's impending doom.
D.C. streamlining gun registration Washington Examiner, March 7, 2012 -- Registering a gun in the District could soon become a whole lot easier. The D.C. Council gave preliminary approval Tuesday to an amendment package that eliminates a slew of prerequisites to getting a firearm approved and logged in to the Metropolitan Police Department's tracking system. The Firearms Amendment Act of 2012 is expected to pass when the council takes it up again in April.
12 states on path to guns with no permits USA Today, March 7, 2012 -- Legislatures in a dozen states are considering laws that would eliminate requirements that residents obtain permits to carry concealed weapons
Colorado court says students can carry guns on campus Yahoo! News, March 6, 2012 -- DENVER (Reuters) - The University of Colorado overstepped its authority when the school's board of regents imposed a ban on the carrying of concealed weapons at its four campuses, the state's Supreme Court ruled on Monday.
Md. Gun Law Found Unconstitutional CBS Baltimore, March 5, 2012 -- BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s requirement that residents show a “good and substantial reason” to get a handgun permit is unconstitutional, according to a federal judge’s opinion filed Monday.
AFP: Guns playing big role in Republican race Google, March 5, 2012 --
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee — "Guns save lives," Matthew Lee, a volunteer for Newt Gingrich, defiantly tells people at a Tennessee gun show, which is also a key political event in the Republican primary campaign.
Some say Obama re-election fears may be driving gun sales The Kansas City Star, March 5, 2012 -- FORT WORTH — Gun sales are booming.
Enthusiasts are stocking up on guns and ammunition, and some in the industry are wondering whether sales are spiking as they did after Democrat Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008.
GUN DEBATE: House Passes Two Bills WHO TV, March 1, 2012 -- After two hours of debate, and nearly six hours of protest, the Iowa House Passed a pair of controversial gun bills. Once the debate began, democrats made it clear they weren't happy. "When we started session we were told we would focus on the economy and jobs." said Representative Mary Mascher (D) Johnson County, "We were told we would avoid divisive issues. We were lied to. We were lied to."
Gun Traffickers Arrested in Stockton After Selling Guns to ATF Undercover Agents The Sacramento Bee, Feb. 28, 2012 -- STOCKTON, Calif., Feb. 28, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), San Francisco Field Division Acting Special Agent in Charge Scot Thomasson announced Dennis William Estes and Kevin John Webber were arrested Friday morning in Stockton, CA after conspiring to manufacture and sell firearms without a license to ATF undercover agents Friday, Feb. 24
MILLER: Buying ammunition in D.C. The Washington Times, Feb. 27, 2012 -- In Washington, D.C., it is illegal to posses ammunition if you don’t have a gun registered. It is also unlawful to have ammo that is not in the same caliber or gauge as your legal gun. The penalty for holding a round of the wrong caliber is up to a year in jail -- as stiff as the punishment for illegal gun possession.
Gun-rights Groups Decry Proposed Surtax On Illinois Ammo Sales Fox News, Feb. 21, 2012 -- An Illinois lawmaker wants gun owners to shell out extra taxes in order to finance a new grant program for trauma centers, a move firearms advocacy groups say amounts to a "sin tax" on law-abiding hunters and target shooters.
Gun culture spreads in India Los Angeles Times, Feb. 20, 2012 -- Indians own about 40 million guns, second only to the U.S. Rising incomes, along with crime and fear of terrorist attacks, have fueled firearms purchases.
Buy latte, pack gun: Starbucks hit with boycott -- and 'buycott' Los Angeles Times, Feb. 15, 2012 -- Those who prefer to drink their lattes packing protection on their hip turned out at Starbucks across the country on the first day of a "buycott" organized by gun owners -- countering the Starbucks boycott called this week by the National Gun Victims Action Council.
Fast and Furious: Targets of gun sting were FBI informers Tucson Citizen, Feb. 10, 2012 --
Mexican cartel suspects targeted in the troubled gun-trafficking probe known as Operation Fast and Furious were actually working as FBI informants at the time, according to a congressional memo that describes the case’s mission as a “failure.”
Emanuel wants Illinois gun registry
Illinois rifle association leader says plan to track weapons 'would probably have no chance of passing' Chicago Tribune, Feb. 10, 2012 -- Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a statewide gun registry in Illinois, an idea some lawmakers quickly dismissed Thursday as ineffective and an insult to gun owners.
ATF Busts Real Housewives Buying Guns for Cartels Fox News Latino, Feb. 9, 2012 -- U.S. federal authorities busted an alleged gun smuggling ring that employed young housewives and older moms to purchase assault rifles for smugglers taking guns to Mexican drug cartels.
LAPD Pioneers High-Tech Crime-Fighting 'War Room' CBS Los Angeles, Feb. 8, 2012 -- LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The LAPD is fighting crime from a high-tech war room that gives it eyes all over the city. The surveillance hub is now a model for police forces around the world and KCAL9 got an exclusive tour inside from Chief Charlie Beck.
Virginia lawmakers vote to lift handgun ban The Washington Post, Feb. 6, 2012 -- The Virginia Senate voted Monday to lift the state’s one-per-month limit on handgun purchases, eliminating a 19-year-old cap that critics called outdated but gun-control activists credited with tamping down weapons trafficking.
Va. Legislature loads up on gun-rights initiatives PilotOnline.com, Feb. 6, 2012 -- Gun-rights advocates are poised to win a marquee victory in the Virginia General Assembly, perhaps as early as today, with the potential repeal of the state’s one-handgun-a-month limit.
Lawmakers investigating Fast and Furious may cite Eric Holder for contempt Los Angeles Times, Feb. 2, 2012 -- Reporting from Washington—House Republicans threatened Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. with a criminal contempt of Congress citation Thursday, alleging the Justice Department has refused for a year to turn over key documents in lawmakers' investigation of the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.
Parker City gun shop owner strikes deal after April '11 raid The Star Press, Feb. 1, 2012 -- PARKER CITY -- If a U.S. District Court judge accepts the terms of a pending plea agreement, former Parker City Town Council President Charles "Fred" Ludington will be sentenced to four years in federal prison.
Arizona agents face gun-sting blame Arizona Republic, Jan. 31, 2012 -- A U.S. House minority report on the gun-smuggling probe known as Fast and Furious blames federal agents in Arizona for the flawed operation while exonerating top-level Justice Department officials.
In New 'Fast And Furious' Report, Democrats Clear Justice Appointees Of Wrongdoing Fox News, Jan. 31, 2012 -- Democrats investigating the failed gun-running probe known as "Operation Fast and Furious" are laying the blame at the feet of officials in Arizona, saying in a new report that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have "obtained no evidence" implicating high-level political appointees in Washington.
A Fast & Furious Fib
Holes in Holder's testimony New York Post, Jan. 30, 2012 -- It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup, goes the old Washington cliché. In the case of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, it’s both.
Obama administration reveals new ATF gun probe rules Chicago Tribune, Jan. 27, 2012 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Friday revealed new reforms undertaken to improve how it conducts undercover gun trafficking investigations in the wake of a botched operation in which scores of weapons disappeared.
To Mexican officials, Justice Department official suggested letting guns cross border The Washington Post, Jan. 27, 2012 -- WASHINGTON — Newly released Justice Department emails sent to Capitol Hill for a congressional inquiry into a gun-smuggling operation indicate that the head of the department’s criminal division suggested letting some illicit “straw” weapons buyers in the U.S. transport their guns across the border into Mexico where they could be arrested.
MILLER: Applying to register a gun in D.C. Washington Times, Jan. 27, 2012 -- While my new gun was being transferred to the District from Virginia, I returned to D.C.’s Gun Registry Office to turn in my registration application. As you will see in what follows, this should have been simple step, but it took all day. Like everything else in my effort to get a legal handgun in this city has been far more complicated and time-consuming that it needed to be
Va. gun purchase limits could be lifted The Washington Post, Jan. 25, 2012 -- Virginia would lift its one-gun-per-month limit on handgun purchases under a bill that passed a state Senate committee Wednesday.
Armed pilots want to carry guns outside cockpit Standard-Examiner, Jan. 24, 2012 -- FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- They're already allowed to carry guns in the cockpit, but many pilots say that's not enough to keep aviation as safe as it should be.
TN gun laws, or lack thereof, under attack
TN is one of 34 states that don't require background checks for private gun sales The Tennessean, Jan. 22, 2012 -- Something didn’t seem quite right to Tyler Adams as he talked with the man who wanted to buy a gun from him. The customer admitted he did not have a permit to carry a concealed weapon in Tennessee.
Bonnie and Clyde guns bring $210,000 in Missouri auction Reuters, Jan. 21, 2012 -- Two guns believed seized from gangsters Bonnie and Clyde in 1933 after a deadly Missouri shootout with police sold for a combined $210,000 at an auction on Saturday in Kansas City to an unnamed online bidder.
5th teen arrested in gun shop burglaries Chicago Tribune, Jan. 20, 2012 -- A fifth teen has been arrested as part of an investigation into the recent burglaries of gun shops in the suburbs and throughout the state.
Why U.S. Gun Sales Are Shooting For The Moon Forbes, Jan. 18, 2012 -- If James Anthony Bailey and P.T. Barnum had seen the Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) they just might have conceded their “Greatest Show on Earth” needed more guns, sideshows and characters. Because come one, come all, the SHOT Show has no comparison on Earth and, in fact, is especially interesting this year because gun sales are breaking records.
Volume of concealed-gun permits swamps Wisconsin agency Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, Jan. 15, 2012 -- Madison - The state has fallen at least four days behind its legal timelines for handling background checks for Wisconsin's new concealed carry law but could be caught up as soon as this week, a state official said.
Federal judge rejects challenge to gun dealer rules The Washington Post, Jan. 14, 2012 -- A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit challenging new reporting requirements for gun dealers that the Obama administration says are needed to help staunch the flow of powerful rifles to violent Mexican drug gangs.
U.S. judge backs ATF multiple rifle sales reporting Yahoo!, Jan. 13, 2012 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. judge on Friday, in a victory for the Obama administration, upheld new federal rules requiring gun dealers in four states bordering Mexico to report the sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles, despite a challenge by the gun industry.
Gun violence unlikely to prompt any changes in federal law The Sacramento Bee, Jan. 8, 2012 -- WASHINGTON -- At an early learning center in Eatonville, Wash., on Sunday, mourners will light candles to honor Margaret Anderson, the 34-year-old ranger and mother of two toddlers who was shot and killed on New Year's Day while she tried to set up a roadblock in Mount Rainier National Park.
Gun Control: A Movement Without Followers Bloomberg Businessweek, Jan 5, 2012 -- More Americans favor Second Amendment rights, and lower murder rates in big cities convince some that tough laws are unnecessary
New York City's tough gun laws may be eased Digital Journal, Jan. 1, 2012 -- New York - After a tourist from Tennessee was arrested for bringing a loaded gun into the Big Apple, there were calls for the city's gun laws to be reexamined.
Gun sales double at one local firearms store My FOX Wausau, Dec. 30, 2011 -- "Even just between November and December we've had probably double the sales," said Jim Clark, manager at Central Wisconsin Firearms. He told FOX55 News@9 the store has seen a spike in sales since the concealed carry law took effect.
Pols urge DA to go easy on gun-toting Ground Zero tourist New York Post, Dec. 30, 2011 -- The Manhattan DA should show mercy to a Tennessee tourist who was busted for bringing a gun to the 9/11 Memorial, considering the weapon is registered in her home state, lawmakers and legal experts told The Post yesterday.
DC ordered to pay $1M in historic gun case The Daily Caller, Dec. 29, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- The District of Columbia has been ordered to pay more than $1 million in attorneys' fees as a result of a historic gun case that was ultimately decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Eric Holder: More cops slain by illegal guns Politico, Dec. 28, 2011 -- The number of officers killed in the line of duty jumped 13 percent in 2011 compared with the year before — and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder condemned the increase as “a devastating and unacceptable trend” that he blamed on illegal firearms.
President Obama's Anti-Gun Agenda Shows No Sign Of Stopping Fox News, Dec. 28, 2011 -- President Obama keeps pushing for gun control. "I just want you to know that we are working on [gun control]. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar,” President Obama told Sarah Brady, the former president of the Brady Campaign, this past spring.
Gun sales at record levels, according to FBI background checks CNN, Dec. 28, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (CNN) -- December holiday shoppers were not just interested in buying the hottest electronics and toys -- they also were purchasing record numbers of guns, according to the latest FBI figures on background checks required to buy firearms.
More and more women embracing gun ownership The Early Show, Dec. 27, 2011 --(CBS News) The face of the American gun owner is changing. More women than ever are picking up rifles, shotguns, and handguns. And target shooting is one of the fastest-growing female sports.
More Concealed Guns, and Some Are in the Wrong Hands The New York Times, Dec. 26, 2011 -- Alan Simons was enjoying a Sunday morning bicycle ride with his family in Asheville, N.C., two years ago when a man in a sport utility vehicle suddenly pulled alongside him and started berating him for riding on the highway.
A.T.F. Eases Rules on Gun Sales to Noncitizens The New York Times, Dec. 22, 2011 -- WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is relaxing restrictions on the sale of guns to noncitizens because Justice Department lawyers have concluded that the rules had no legal basis, officials said on Thursday.
Sniper Detectors Coming to America's Heartland Fox News, Dec. 22, 2011 --
Gunshots ring out in the dead of night, and not a single person reports it. Yet police know exactly where the shots came from, even before they arrive on the scene.
California lawmen own thousands of assault guns San Francisco Chronicle, Dec. 22, 2011 -- Peace officers throughout California have bought more than 7,600 assault weapons that are outlawed for civilians in the decade since state lawmakers allowed the practice, according to data obtained by the Associated Press after it was revealed that federal authorities are investigating illegal gun sales by law enforcement.
States loosen concealed carry gun laws USA Today, Dec. 20, 2011 -- JACKSON, Miss. – A Mississippi resident who receives a concealed carry permit and takes an eight-hour course can now carry a gun on college campuses, in bars and in courthouses.
Gun advocates take their weapons to Sunvalley Mall ABC7 KGO-TV San Francisco, CA, Dec. 15, 2011 -- CONCORD, Calif. (KGO) -- In two weeks, open carry will be illegal in California when a new state law takes effect, so local gun activists went to Sunvalley Mall in Concord Wednesday night, with their unloaded weapons, in what may be one of their final demonstrations.
Holder Clashes With Republicans on Fast and Furious
Holder, Grilled on Gun Inquiry, Says He Won’t Resign The New York Times, Dec. 8, 2011 -- WASHINGTON — House Republicans pummeled Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Thursday over the disputed gun-trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious, accusing the Justice Department of hiding the truth and lying to Congress in a slugfest of an oversight hearing.
Fireworks as Issa compares Holder to Nixon's AG The Washington Examiner, Dec. 8, 2011 -- Fireworks broke out in Congress today, as Rep. Rep Darrell Issa, R-Calif., warned Attorney General Eric Holder that he could be held in contempt of Congress for his failure to cooperate with an investigation into the Fast and Furious program, in which the Obama administration allowed guns to "walk" into Mexico, where they ended up in the hands of Mexican drug lords.
Lawmakers: Heads should roll over gun-walking CBS News, Dec. 8, 2011 -- Republican lawmakers told Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday to fire some Justice Department subordinates over the flawed arms-trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious.
Grassley: It's time for Lanny Breuer to go The Daily Caller, Dec. 7, 2011 -- Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, who has led the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious with House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, called for Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer to step down immediately.
Legal U.S. gun sales to Mexico arming cartels CBS, Dec. 6, 2011 -- Selling weapons to Mexico - where cartel violence is out of control - is controversial because so many guns fall into the wrong hands due to incompetence and corruption. The Mexican military recently reported nearly 9,000 police weapons "missing."
AP News: Justice Dept. details how it got statements wrong Associated Press, Dec. 2, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department on Friday provided Congress with documents detailing how department officials gave inaccurate information to a U.S. senator in the controversy surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, the flawed law enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling major arms trafficking networks on the Southwest border.
Issa says Holder ouster is up to White House The Washington Times, Dec. 2, 2011 -- Rep. Darrell Issa, who has been investigating the Fast and Furious operation for nearly a year, declined on Friday to call for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to resign over the botched undercover probe that led to hundreds of weapons being “walked” to gun smugglers in Mexico.
Guns are a big seller on Black Friday USA Today, Dec. 1, 2011 -- WASHINGTON – In addition to the sleek flat-screen televisions, smartphones, computers and cut-rate designer clothing, Black Friday's shopping legions seized on another hot item for 2011: guns.
Gun Issue Represents Tough Politics For Obama Fox News, Nov. 24, 2011 -- Rick Perry and Rick Santorum go pheasant hunting and give interviews before heading out. Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain speak to the National Rifle Association convention. Michele Bachmann tells People magazine she wants to teach her daughters how to shoot because women need to be able to protect themselves. Mitt Romney, after backing some gun control measures in Massachusetts, now presents himself as a strong Second Amendment supporter.
Gun control: Have firearm, can travel The Economist, Nov. 26, 2011 -- ONE question that worries many visitors to defensivecarry.com, a website devoted to the delights and pitfalls of life with a hidden gun, is whether their “concealed-carry” permits will be valid outside the state in which they are issued. Can they take their guns on holiday with them? Can they pack them in their checked bags for a flight? What if their plane is diverted to a spot like New York, which makes it exceedingly difficult to carry a gun? And if they cannot bring their guns with them, how will they defend themselves and their loved ones when threatened?
Administration Backtracks On Recreational Shooting In Parks Fox News, Nov. 23, 2011 -- The Obama administration said Wednesday it will not impose new restrictions on recreational shooting on public lands, a Thanksgiving gift for thousands of gun owners and hunters concerned about a draft plan to limit target shooting near residential areas.
Lesson of White House strafing: Limit guns now Chicago Sun-Times, Nov. 21, 2011 -- Protest has returned to Egypt’s Tahrir Square; the Bears won their fifth in a row; a man stands accused of strafing the White House; China warns of a long recession.
The Guns That Got Away Businessweek, Nov. 17, 2011 -- The inside story of how U.S. agents paid firearm dealer Mike Detty to send weapons into Mexico—and why it all went wrong
Shooters Heard: Interior Will Not Ban Target Practice US News, Nov. 17, 2011 -- Under fire from gun owners concerned about draft guidelines that could limit areas for target practice on western public lands, the Interior Department today said it would make sure shooters still have access to lands long available for firearms recreation.
House Approves Concealed Firearm Permit Bill Fox News, Nov. 16, 2011 -- WASHINGTON – A state permit to carry a concealed firearm would be valid in almost every state in the country under legislation the House passed Wednesday.
What's Wrong With Making It Easier To Carry A Gun Across State Lines? Fox News, Nov. 15, 2011 -- Congress is expected to vote Tuesday on whether concealed carry gun licenses should be treated the same way we treat driver's licenses for cars. With 245 co-sponsors in the House, the only question is whether there are the 290 votes necessary to override President Obama's veto.
New Shooting Range Combines Guns, Girls and Glamour 8 News Now, Nov. 11, 2011 --
LAS VEGAS - Machine Guns Vegas is a far cry from your standard shooting range."This is something that's brand new to Las Vegas," said Machine Guns Vegas Director of Sales and Marketing Lianne Heck. "It's got a very high-end lounge feeling and nothing like a normal gun range."
Government's Fast and Furious operation sparks gun control discussion Deseret News, Nov. 10, 2011 -- The Obama administration’s Fast and Furious operation was fundamentally different than the Bush-era Operation Wide Receiver, but it should be an impetus for increased gun control, administration officials said in recent Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.
Democratic Lawmakers Urge Obama to Veto Gun Measure The New York Times, Nov. 10, 2011 -- Two lawmakers are calling on President Obama to issue a veto threat against gun legislation working its way through Congress that would make it easier for people to carry concealed handguns across state lines, signifying growing concern among Democrats that the measure may reach the president’s desk.
Holder decries 'gotcha games' in Fast and Furious testimony Los Angeles Times, Nov. 8, 2011 -- Atty. Gen. Eric Holder on Tuesday called a botched gun-tracking scheme hatched by officials with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on the Southwest border “flawed in its concept, and flawed in its execution” in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Holder regrets misleading Fast and Furious letter TwinCities.com, Nov. 8, 2011 -- WASHINGTON - Attorney General Eric Holder expressed regret today that the Justice Department sent Congress a misleading letter early this year rejecting allegations of serious problems in the arms trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious.
License sales down in Wisconsin for gun deer season
Area DNR official expects overall deer herd numbers to exceed 1 million Hearld Times Reporter, Nov. 5, 2011 --
GREEN BAY — License sales for Wisconsin's gun deer season are running behind last year's pace, but the state Department of Natural Resources still predicts a strong turnout when the nine-day season opens Nov. 19.
Eric Holder has a gun problem The Hill, Nov. 5, 2011 -- As the chief law enforcement officer Attorney General Eric Holder came out swinging in the first months of the Obama administration as he pushed to reinstate the assault weapons ban, pointing to the rising levels of violence in Mexico and increased presence of U.S. guns south of the border.
Sheriff: Time For Citizens To Arm Themselves WYFF4.com, Oct. 31, 2011 -- SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. -- The Spartanburg County Sheriff is known for speaking his mind, and at a news conference on Monday, he didn't hold back his anger and frustration after a woman was attacked in a park over the weekend.
Most of guns stolen from LAPD may have hit black market Los Angeles Times, Oct. 29, 2011 -- Just three of about 30 weapons taken from a SWAT building have been found. Police had altered the guns to fire only plastic pellets, but it's possible to convert them back to lethal use.
Scott Walker Developing Plan To Allow Guns In Wisconsin State Capitol The Huffington Post, Oct. 27, 2011 -- The administration of Republican Gov. Scott Walker is developing a plan to allow guns in most parts of the Wisconsin State Capitol, reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. Under the plan, the state Supreme Court hearing room would not allow guns.
8 City Officers Charged in Gun Smuggling Case The New York Times, Oct. 26, 2011 -- Eight current and former New York police officers were arrested on Tuesday and charged in federal court with accepting thousands of dollars in cash to drive a caravan of firearms into the state, an act of corruption that brazenly defied the city’s strenuous efforts to get illegal guns off the streets.
ATF boss unfazed by gun probe
Courier-News, Oct. 26, 2011 — The new acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is pledging to continue a crackdown on firearms trafficking from the United States to Mexico — despite embarrassing revelations about an ATF gun probe on the Southwest border.
CCRKBA to Bloomberg: 'Explain This One' After NYPD Cops Busted for Gun Smuggling The Sacramento Bee, Oct. 25, 2011 -- Bellevue, Wash./PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- While Michael Bloomberg has been running around blaming gun laws in other states for his city's crime problems, eight New York City police officers were allegedly involved in a gun smuggling operation "right under his nose," the Citizens Committee for the Right O Keep and Bear Arms said today.
Poll: Don't take away guns Politico, Oct. 26, 2011 -- Support for gun control is at its lowest level in more than 50 years, according to a recent Gallup Poll.
Milwaukee shooting case puts focus on gun rights
Court will rule if it was murder of justified
Journal-SentinalOnline, Oct. 22, 2011 -- Wisconsin residents planning to carry concealed weapons after a new state law takes effect next month may want to follow a trial set to start Monday in Milwaukee.
Senators: V.A. has denied gun rights to more than 100,000 veterans The Daily Caller, Oct. 18, 2011 -- They pledged to support and defend the Constitution, but the office of North Carolina Senator Richard Burr says more than 100,000 U.S. military veterans may be being improperly denied one of the most fundamental rights they swore to protect.
Badger Guns to surrender license, police say Journal Sentinel Online, Oct. 18, 2011 -- A West Milwaukee gun shop that sold firearms used to wound Milwaukee police officers and has been a top seller of crime guns is surrendering its license.
'Fast & Furious': How a botched operation spawned fatal results The Washington Times, Oct. 17, 2011 -- The central characters in the failed “Fast and Furious” firearms investigation were 19 men and one woman, all legal residents of the U.S., accused of laying down hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit cash at Phoenix-area gun shops to buy an arsenal of high-powered weapons for Mexican drug smugglers.
AP Exclusive: Second Bush-Era Gun-Smuggling Probe NPR, Oct. 14, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (AP) — A second Bush administration gun-trafficking investigation has surfaced using the same controversial tactic for which congressional Republicans have been criticizing the Obama administration.
Obama Talked About "Fast & Furious" Months Before Holder Claimed He Knew Real Clear Politics, Oct. 13, 2011 -- CNN's John King plays Holder's testimony to Congress on MAY 3, 2011, where he said he had only just recently heard about the Fast & Furious gunrunning program. "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks," Attorney General Eric Holder said.
"Gunwalking" subpoena for AG Holder imminent CBS News, Oct. 11, 2011 -- (CBS News) CBS News has learned a congressional subpoena directed to Attorney General Eric Holder could go out as early as Tuesday, ordering him to turn over documents to lawmakers about when he was aware of a controversial gun smuggling operation known as Fast and Furious.
Oregon provides ammo to gun lobby Arizona Daily Wildcat, Oct. 10, 2011 -- Gun enthusiasts, rejoice: Oregon has overturned a firearms ban and undermined the safety of its universities.
Gov. Brown caps a month of bill signings, vetoes Los Angeles Times, Oct. 10, 2011 --
Reporting from Sacramento— Gov. Jerry Brown announced early Monday that he had outlawed the open carrying of handguns in public in California, a controversial practice that top law enforcement officials had denounced as dangerous.
Smuggled U.S. ammo feeds drug wars USA Today, Oct. 8, 2011 -- PHOENIX -- Every year, thousands of guns are smuggled into Mexico from the United States, fueling the brutal drug-cartel wars and stirring outrage on both sides of the border.
Holder Challenges 'Fast And Furious' Allegations In Scathing Letter To Congress Fox News, Oct. 7, 2011 -- Attorney General Eric Holder, under new pressure from Republicans over when he learned of "Operation Fast and Furious," has mounted his most forceful defense to date, accusing critics of using "irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric" and insisting his statements have been "truthful and accurate."
Arizona sheriffs blast gun-smuggling operation Yahoo! News, Oct. 7, 2011 -- PHOENIX (AP) — Ten Arizona sheriffs slammed the Obama administration on Friday over a botched federal operation that that lost track of up to 1,400 high-powered rifles sold to suspected straw purchasers for Mexican drug gangs.
Obama: 'Complete confidence' in Holder Politico, Oct. 6, 2011 -- President Barack Obama said Thursday he had “complete confidence” in Attorney General Eric Holder over his handling of the Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation.
'Calm down' about Fast and Furious gun sting, ATF acting director says The Washington Post, Oct. 5, 2011 -- The new acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a major shake-up of his agency Wednesday and urged Washington insiders to “calm down” about the latest revelations surrounding a controversial ATF gun operation.
Darrell Issa to Eric Holder: Admit you knew Politico, Oct. 5, 2011 -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is turning up the heat on Eric Holder, demanding the attorney general “come forward and at least admit” he knew about Operation Fast and Furious long before he told Congress he learned about the gun program.
ATF officials demoted in latest Fast and Furious fallout Los Angeles Times, Oct. 5, 2011 -- Two top supervisors at ATF headquarters in Washington -- the deputy director and the assistant director for all field operations -- have been reassigned as the beleaguered agency attempts to remake itself amid the fallout from a failed gun-tracking operation along the Southwest border called Fast and Furious, according to two sources briefed on the changes.
Supreme Court won't review gun rights outside of home Fox4KC.com, Oct. 3, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider whether an individual's right to own guns includes carrying a firearm outside the home, staying out of one of the nation's most divisive social, political and legal issues.
Bombshell: DOJ Considering Elimination of ATF Townhall, Sept. 30, 2011 -- Multiple sources, including sources from ATF, DOJ and Congressional offices have said there is a white paper circulating within the Department of Justice, outlining the essential elimination of ATF
White House sends Hill Fast & Furious docs, but withholds some Politico, Sept. 30, 2011 -- The White House sent another installment of documents to Congress on Friday detailing White House staffers' knowledge about the controversial "Operation Fast & Furious" gunrunning probe run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.
'Chicks with Guns': 15 million US women pack heat Today, Sept. 29, 2011 -- Pop quiz: Name one accessory that grandmothers, moms, girls, wealthy socialites, middle-class females and low-income women might be likely to own — and cherish — all across America.
Ruling allows guns on campus
The Oregon Court of Appeals strikes down a state administrative rule that bans firearms on OUS property The Register-Guard, Sept. 29, 2011 -- People licensed to carry concealed weapons can’t be barred from bringing guns onto university campuses, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday.
New Fla. gun law has local officials scrambling The Miami Herald, Sept. 29, 2011 -- TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Local officials across Florida are scrambling to repeal gun control ordinances, including bans on firearms in parks, buildings and other public places, before a new state law takes effect.
Lawmakers Claim Justice Inspector Obstructed Probe Into 'Fast And Furious' Fox News, Sept. 21, 2011 -- The inspector general of the Department of Justice undermined and obstructed a congressional investigation by releasing secret tape recordings that corroborate allegations of misconduct in "Operation Fast and Furious," according to a letter written by Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley.
House takes aim at concealed-carry laws The Washington Post, Sept. 21, 2011 -- FORTY-EIGHT STATES — 49 in November, when Wisconsin joins the pack — allow their residents to carry concealed weapons. Illinois remains the only holdout.
Open-carry gun control bill in Gov. Brown's hands Los Angeles Times, Sept. 17, 2011 -- A measure to bar Californians from openly carrying weapons is supported by Sheriff Baca and LAPD Chief Beck, but opposed by 2nd Amendment activists who pack heat in coffee shops and restaurants.
S.F. gun laws under fire San Francisco Gate, Sept. 16, 2011 -- San Francisco is a target of the gun-rights lobby, which, armed with a pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings, hopes to eliminate gun-control laws passed by cities, counties and states.
Gun store owner had misgivings about ATF sting Los Angeles Times, Sept. 11, 2011 -- When federal agents with Operation Fast and Furious told Andre Howard to sell weapons to illegal purchasers, he complied, but he feared someone would get hurt. Then a border agent was shot.
Florida forces cities to pull local gun laws Times Union, Sept. 11, 2011 -- MIAMI -- The signs -- "No Guns Allowed" -- are being stripped from many Florida parks, government buildings, libraries and airports. And local ordinances that bar people from shooting weapons in their yards, firing up into the air or taking a gun into an airport are coming off the books.
Senate makes openly carrying gun a crime Los Angeles Times, Sept. 8, 2011 -- The state Senate acted Thursday to prohibit California handgun owners from openly carrying their weapons in public, siding with law enforcement officials who say it wastes their time responding to false alarms of armed suspects and creates a risk of confrontation.
Holder Denies Prior Knowledge Of 'Fast And Furious' Fox News, Sept. 7, 2011 -- The head of the U.S. Justice Department launched his strongest personal defense yet in the growing furor over Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial sting targeting Mexican drug cartels and American gunrunners.
Temple student exchanges fire with robbers; two injured The Philadelphia Enquirer, Sept. 6, 2011 -- A Temple University student who was approached by robbers outside his off-campus apartment drew his own weapon and exchanged gunfire with the thieves early Monday, police said.
New ATF chief B. Todd Jones joins an agency shaken by guns scandal The Washington Post, Sept 1, 2011 -- He is a former Marine who has twice served as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, the first African American to hold that post. He’s a movie buff who likes to show clips from films during meetings to explain a point. He’s the father of five, a University of Minnesota law school graduate and a former military judge advocate.
Two Fall in Gun Scandal The Wall Street Journal, Aug. 31, 2011 -- Two senior officials who helped oversee a troubled federal operation targeting gun trafficking were ousted Tuesday. Kenneth Melson, acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was reassigned to a new post in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy, the department said Tuesday. Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke resigned.
Dennnis Burke's exit as U.S. attorney clouds his future Politico, Aug. 30, 2011 -- Dennis Burke, one of Arizona’s most prominent and well-connected Democratic political figures, abruptly resigned as the state’s top federal prosecutor Tuesday, stirring doubts about earlier expectations that he might mount a bid for governor, attorney general or U.S. senator.
Amid controversy, ATF gets a new acting director The Daily Caller, Aug. 30, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Justice Department replaced three officials Tuesday who played critical roles in a flawed law enforcement operation aimed at major gun-trafficking networks on the Southwest border.
Cheney tells inside story of how he bucked administration on 2nd Amendment The Daily Caller, Aug. 26, 2011 -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney's autobiographical book offers new information about a rare instance of Cheney breaking with his own administration's official policy on a Second Amendment appeals court ruling, angering a top aide to then-President George W. Bush.
S.A. gun store sues ATF My San Antonia, Aug. 25, 2011 -- A San Antonio gun shop is suing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, arguing the agency exceeded its authority by ordering licensed dealers to report some rifle sales.
Iowa in middle of lead-shot skirmish USA Today, Aug. 24, 2011 -- DES MOINES – A decision by a panel of Iowa lawmakers last week allowing lead ammunition for dove-hunting is the latest salvo in a national battle over whether hunters should be permitted to use traditional lead shot and bullets.
Gun Makers Set Sights on Female Buyers NPR (All Things Considered), Aug. 18, 2011 --
For years, gun stores were predominantly patronized by men. But these days, shooting ranges and shops selling firearms are seeing more female customers than ever before, and that has them changing the way they do business.
Promotions of 'Fast and Furious' officials draw Texan's wrath The Washington Times, Aug. 16, 2011 -- A senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday described as “inconceivable” a Justice Department decision to promote key Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) personnel who oversaw the controversial “Fast and Furious” weapons investigation that allowed hundreds of guns to be walked into Mexico.
Guns permitted, crimes drop Don Surber, Aug. 16, 2011 -- So Virginia, how is that law that allows people with concealed weapons permits to carry their firearms into bars and restaurants working out for you?
Gun Owner Retires Carjacker You Tube, Aug. 10, 2011 -- Carjacking in Detroit ends in death of suspect. An armed thug was fatally shot while carjacking a Detroit man, who has a concealed weapons license.
Gun crimes drop at Virginia bars and restaurants Richmond Times-Distpatch, Aug. 14, 2011 -- Virginia's bars and restaurants did not turn into shooting galleries as some had feared during the first year of a new state law that allows patrons with permits to carry concealed guns into alcohol-serving businesses, a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis found.
Pro-Gun Group's Call to Sell Seized Weapons Advances to States San Francisco Chronicle, Aug. 11, 2011 --
In the coming months, state legislators are likely to find a bill crossing their desks that requires law enforcement agencies to auction guns confiscated in crimes rather than destroy them, as many do now.
Police urge holster use after man shoots his own penis USA Today, Aug. 8, 2011 -- CHANDLER, Ariz. — As Joshua Seto, 27, and his fiance, Cara Christopher, walked to a local grocery store last week for refreshments, he tried securing her pink handgun in the front waistband of his pants.
Gun show buys lead to arrests Dayton (Ohio) Daily News, Aug. 9, 2011 -- DAYTON — Two years after a local gun show was a target of a New York City investigation highlighting a loophole in federal firearms laws, local authorities arrested four men Saturday on a variety of weapons violations.
ATF operation focused on man who bought more than 700 guns USA Today, August 9, 2011 -- When Uriel Patino walked into a Glendale, Ariz., gun store last August and placed an order for 20 handguns, federal gun agents already knew the 25-year-old man as the most prolific figure in a trafficking ring that was supplying hundreds of guns to Mexico's brutal Sinoloa drug cartel, according to federal court documents and congressional investigators.
TSA called in after passenger at DIA checks loaded gun in with luggage The Denver Post, Aug. 8, 2011 -- A man flew from Denver to Kansas City on Sunday, but his pistol stayed behind. Early Sunday morning, a man flying on Frontier Airlines checked his bag at the counter without telling airline agents he had packed a loaded gun. Transportation Security Administration agents doing a routine screen on checked baggage found the gun and called Denver police at about 6:45 a.m.
Local lawmen give support to conceal carry The Beacon News (a Chicago Sun-Times Publication), Aug. 6, 2011 -- The Illinois Legislature may still be divided on allowing residents to carry concealed weapons, but Fox Valley police chiefs and sheriffs are much less split. Of 10 local law enforcement leaders contacted by The Beacon-News, none said they opposed concealed carry.
Albuquerque gun store owner challenging ATF rule San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 6, 2011 -- ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—An Albuquerque gun store has sued over a federal requirement that weapons dealers in four border states must report multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles.
Gun shops target new ATF requirement The Prescott Daily Courier, Aug. 5, 2011 -- A local gun store is part of a lawsuit against the federal government challenging a new reporting requirement for gun dealers in the Southwest.
ATF Manager says he shared Fast and Furious Info with White House - CBS News Investigates CBS News, July 26, 2011 -- At a lengthy hearing on ATF's controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010. The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O'Reilly.
ATF's gun-running sting began with noble goal but backfired The Denver Post, July 28, 2011 -- PHOENIX — They came from all over the country — agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, brought here in a bold new effort to shut down the flow of U.S. guns to Mexican drug cartels. It was called Operation Fast and Furious, after a popular movie about street-car racing.
ATF agent denies 'walking' guns into Mexico The Daily Caller, July 27, 2011 --
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent Brian Newell continues to deny Operation Fast and Furious allowed for guns to be “walked” into Mexico.
Gun maker Kahr to pay record damage claim Market Watch, July 26, 2011 -- CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Firearm manufacturer Kahr Arms will pay almost $600,000 to settle a case in which a former employee took a handgun from the company's factory that was later used to shoot two people. The suit was filed by the Brady Center, a gun control advocacy group, which on Tuesday said the payout is the largest ever by a gun manufacturer charged with negligence.
Senate GOP, Dems, set to torpedo UN gun push Politico, July 26, 2011 -- Thirteen Democratic senators have signed a letter opposing possible elements of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton back.
'The cop heard round the world' - Ohio incident puts law in crosshairs - Seattle gun rights Seattle Examiner, July 22, 2011 -- Not only is a Canton, Ohio police officer under increasing fire this morning for his profanity-laden outburst at an armed citizen that now has gun rights activists from Toledo to Tacoma furious, the Buckeye State law that requires citizens to notify cops if they are armed is also being partly blamed for what happened during a video encounter that has streaked around the world over the past 24 hours.
Gun control: New reporting requirements come under fire Los Angeles Times, July 22, 2011 -- It didn't take long for the fight to begin. Republicans in Congress are angry over a temporary new rule that would require gun dealers to report multiple sales of semiautomatic weapons.
ATF Whistleblower Case Triggers Retaliation Inquiry NPR, July 21, 2011 -- The Justice Department's inspector general has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistle-blowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.
Operation Fast and Furious: The Straw Buyers Fox News, July 20, 2011 -- When the Operation Fast and Furious indictment was announced back in January, it was depicted as a big bust. Twenty suspects were charged with numerous counts of conspiracy, money laundering, gun running and drug trafficking. The defendants faced 5 to 20 years on a single count.
Bordergate? Did Eric Holder lie to Congress? Does Obama know? Digital Journal, July 10, 2011 -- Eric Holder testified that he “probably” only learned about Gunrunner in “the last few weeks,” but took credit for it in 2009. President Obama, who provided $10 million "stimulus" money and $11 million for 2011, says neither of them knew about it.
Gun owners could violate law Billings Gazette, July 10, 2011 -- CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A traveler driving along Interstate 25 at Cheyenne will come within 1,000 feet of Jessup Elementary School.
Web Training May Suffice for Wisconsin Concealed-Carry Fox News.com, July 10, 2011 -- MILWAUKEE – Wisconsin residents who want to carry a concealed handgun legally need to be trained first -- but the state's new law could allow applicants to satisfy that requirement without ever touching a gun.
Could controversy kill the ATF? Politico, July 8, 2011 --
The unfolding scandal over a gunrunning investigation allegedly botched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives could do what years of criticism of the long-beleaguered agency never quite accomplished — result in its demise.
Obama To Unveil Gun Control Reforms In Near Future Huffington Post, July 7, 2011 -- WASHINGTON -- Half a year after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), the Obama administration is set to release a series of reforms to the current gun law, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Thursday.
Eric Holder must explain 'Fast & Furious' New York Post, July 7, 2011 -- Michael A. Walsh: Don't look now, but the real action in Washington this week isn't the parti san wrangling over the debt ceiling but something -- literally -- even more incendiary: Operation Fast and Furious, which seems about to explode right in the face of Attorney General Eric Holder -- and maybe other administration officials, too
Rahm Proposal Would Allow Gun Ranges In Chicago MyFoxChicago.com, July 3, 2011 -- Chicago - Chicago is under fire for its gun laws. This time, it’s all about gun ranges. The city has none because they’re all banned. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s planned proposal for a new ordinance could ease concerns.
AP-WI--Concealed Carry-Wisconsin, 1st Ld-Writethru,795 Chicago Tribune, July 3, 2011 -- MILWAUKEE -- When Gov. Scott Walker signs a concealed-carry bill into law this week, city officials and businesses around the state will have four months to figure out how to comply with the law while also keeping citizens and customers safe.
Some With Histories of Mental Illness Petition to Get Their Gun Rights Back The New York Times, July 2, 2011 -- PULASKI, Va. — In May 2009, Sam French hit bottom, once again. A relative found him face down in his carport “talking gibberish,” according to court records. He later told medical personnel that he had been conversing with a bear in his backyard and hearing voices. His family figured he had gone off his medication for bipolar disorder, and a judge ordered him involuntarily committed — the fourth time in five years he had been hospitalized by court order.
More Guns From ATF's 'Fast and Furious' Used in Crimes Newsmax.com, July 1, 2011 -- Weapons linked to the federal government’s controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-running sting have turned up at four crime scenes in Arizona in the communities of Glendale and Phoenix. The four guns are connected to drug cases in Phoenix and Glendale, Phoenix television station ABC 15 reported.
Gunrunner lawyers seek discovery The Daily Caller, June 29, 2011 --
Texas criminal defense lawyers are investigating the Justice Department’s Fast and Furious investigation of cross-border gun smuggling, using routine “discovery” rules that allow defendants to look for flaws in prosecutors’ evidence, statements and purpose.
Issa warns ATF not to retaliate against whistleblowers The Daily Caller, June 23, 2011 --
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa is warning the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (ATF) not to retaliate against whistleblowers who contradicted initial blanket denials by the Justice Department over “Operation Fast and Furious” in testimony to Congress.
Issa camp says Washington Post wrong on Gunrunner story The Daily Caller, June 23, 2011 -- A spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told The Daily Caller that the Washington Post is the only news organization to bite on new misleading sentiments from the Justice Department.
Gun control measures called misguided at hearing The Boston Globe, June 22, 2011 -- Republican lawmakers and gun rights advocates testified yesterday that a series of gun control measures promoted by Democrats — requiring imprinted serial numbers on firearms, “microstamped’’ bullets, and annual limits on gun purchases — would punish lawful gun owners, increase costs, and hamper a 5,000-job industry.
Issa: Holder 'Absolutely' Knew About 'Fast & Furious' Earlier Than He Testified Fox Nation, June 20, 2011 -- House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.) told CNSNews.com in an interview that he believes the Justice Department is covering up information relevant to a congressional investigation of an operation in which the department knowingly allowed intermediaries of Mexican drug cartels to purchase guns at licensed firearms dealers in the United States and then get away without being arrested or the guns being retrieved.
Head of ATF Likely to Be Ousted The Wall Street Journal, June 18, 2011 -- The Justice Department is expected to oust the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to people familiar with the matter, amid a troubled federal antitrafficking operation that has grown into the agency's biggest scandal in nearly two decades
Operation Fast and Furious Is Subject of House Hearing New York Times, June 15, 2011 -- WASHINGTON — Knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious, a controversial border security strategy that allowed guns to be shipped illegally into Mexico in an effort to track them to drug cartels, went to the top of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to evidence released on Wednesday at a House Oversight Committee hearing.
Issa: DoJ should be 'ashamed' The Hill, June 15, 2011 -- Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Wednesday escalated his standoff with the Department of Justice over a gun-tracking program that might have contributed to the death of federal agent.
Democrats try to channel scandal into gun control push The Daily Caller, June 15, 2011 -- Faced with bracing evidence and the testimony of four ATF agents contradicting the Justice Department’s initial blanket denials that assault weapons were knowingly allowed to escape into the clutches of Mexican drug cartels, Democrats tried a new approach at a hearing Wednesday.
Lawmakers zero in on ATF gun trafficking operation CNN, June 15, 2011 -- Washington -- Federal firearms agents in Arizona cringed every time they heard of a shooting after letting waves of guns pass into the hands of Mexican drug gangs, some of those agents told a House committee Wednesday.
ATF program tracking guns put agents at risk, report says USA Today, June 15, 2011 -- WASHINGTON — Federal agents based in Arizona "abandoned" surveillance of suspicious gun purchases along the Southwest border for months and allowed possibly hundreds of weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartel operatives and other criminals as part of a risky investigative strategy aimed at dismantling cartel operations.
Four ATF agents contradict Justice Department account on 'Fast and Furious' The Daily Caller, June 15, 2011 --
Four Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents in transcribed interviews with top GOP oversight official Darrell Issa’s office are contradicting the Justice Department’s account of “Operation Fast and Furious,” saying hundreds of weapons – including assault rifles and military-grade sniper weapons – were allowed to escape into the clutches of Mexican drug cartels in an apparently reckless investigative strategy.
Darrell Issa, Department of Justice feud heats up Politico.com, June 15, 2011 -- The Obama administration and Rep. Darrell Issa seem to be headed for their biggest showdown yet as the House oversight committee chief prepares for a Wednesday hearing into an undercover, federal gunrunning investigation that lost track of weapons later found at the scene of a Border Patrol agent’s murder in Arizona.
Gun-Running Sting Blows Up: House Hearings on ATF's Fast and Furious The Daily Beast (a Newsweek online publication), June 15, 2011 -- The ATF's Operation Fast and Furious sparked outrage by allowing hundreds of weapons from U.S. gun shops to be trafficked to Mexican drug gangs—and left one border agent dead. With House hearings today, John Solomon exclusively traces the origin of the sting to the Justice Department, which originally denied involvement.
State Senate to consider concealed carry today Milwaukee, Wisconsin Journal Sentinal Online, June 14, 2011 -- Madison - Wisconsin would become one of the last states to allow people to carry concealed weapons under a measure the state Senate is to take up Tuesday.
'Gunwalker' guns linked to helicopter shooting CBS News, June 6, 2011 -- CBS News has learned that the recent case of a Mexican military helicopter forced to land after it was fired upon is linked to the ATF Fast and Furious "gunwalker" operation.
Casey B. Mulligan: Listing Gun Owners Might Help Criminals New York Times, May 31, 2011 -- Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois is considering signing a bill that would prohibit state officials from publicizing lists of registered gun owners. The economics of crime suggests that such a list would put potential victims at a disadvantage and help criminals.
America's Third War: Is the U.S. Arming Mexican Cartels? Fox News, May 31, 2011 -- If you ever watch video or look at pictures of the drug war in Mexico, you'll notice some pretty heavy weapons. This is a war being waged with rockets and plastic explosives, not pea shooters and Saturday Night Specials.
California gun-control laws cut flow to Mexico San Francisco Gate, May 29, 2011 -- California's tough gun-control laws are targeted at armed criminals in general and mass-shooters in particular. But they appear to have had the unintended consequence of making California gun stores unattractive to purchasers buying weapons for the Mexican drug cartels.
State panel OKs bill that wouldn't require permits for concealed carry Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, May 25, 2011 -- Madison - Wisconsin residents would be allowed to carry concealed weapons without getting permits or any training under a bill a Senate committee approved Wednesday, and the lead sponsor of the measure said she supported allowing people to bring guns into the state Capitol.
Obama: We're working on gun control "under the radar" Hot Air.com (blog), May 25, 2011 -- I missed this last week, and so may many who didn’t notice Instapundit’s link to the Greeley Gazette’s post on the White House’s efforts to impose gun control through executive-branch regulatory adventurism.
INFLUENCE GAME: Colt aiming to keep rifle business The Denver Post, May 25, 2011 -- WASHINGTON—For nearly a decade, Colt Defense went without a lobbyist. The legendary gun maker based in West Hartford, Conn., had an exclusive deal to provide combat rifles to the U.S. military and didn't need a hired gun looking out for the company's interests in Washington. Times have changed.
Steady Decline in Major Crime Baffles Experts The New York Times, May 23, 2011 -- The number of violent crimes in the United States dropped significantly last year, to what appeared to be the lowest rate in nearly 40 years, a development that was considered puzzling partly because it ran counter to the prevailing expectation that crime would increase during a recession.
Ohio fires up gun changes Ohio.com, May 23, 2011 -- Permit holders will be able to carry weapons into bars or keep them nearby in vehicles with new laws. Officer says risks to be greater
An American Gun in Mexico The Wall Street Journal, May 21, 2011 -- How does a weapon made in Tennessee, sold in Missouri and traded in Texas end up at a drug shootout in Chichuahua?
DEA accidentally finds guns from ATF "gunwalker" CBS News, May 19, 2011 -- CBS News has learned that the DEA has confiscated a stash of assault rifles connected to ATF's Fast and Furious operation. It's a major seizure of weapons in the controversial ATF case that's the subject of at least two investigations. Sources say it's believed the suspects intended to take the guns to Mexico.
Ore. court rules medical pot users can have guns
Times Union, May 19, 2011 -- GRANTS PASS, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday that a retired school bus driver can have her medical marijuana and a concealed handgun, too.
Aim for sensible gun law Wisconsin State Journal, May 15, 2011 -- The right to carry a concealed gun is hardly a pressing issue for Wisconsin. It’s more of a distraction.
Right intentions, wrong gun bill Times Union, May 15, 2011 -- Our opinion: A bill to fix the National Instant Criminal Background Check System is loaded down with controversial items. Better to fix the problems one at a time, and get some things solved sooner than later.
Note to ATF: When you give guns to Mexican Cartels, they use them The San Francisco Examiner, May 8, 2011 -- When you give guns to the Mexican cartels, they use them to kill people. That is the finding of an investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, which involved allowing thousands of guns collected through suspicious purchases to walk across the Mexican border.
New Project Gunrunner documents peg top DOJ officials The Daily Caller, May 4, 2011 -- Three Project Gunrunner documents Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and House Oversight Committee chairman, released on Wednesday show high-ranking Justice Department officials were aware of Operation Fast and Furious and that there was a consistent administration policy that allowed American guns to be “walked” into Mexican drug cartels’ possession.