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United States

28 November 2016

The Trace (USA)

Hillary Clinton lost her bid for the White House, and the National Rifle Association's 2016 champion Donald Trump is almost certain to leave firearm regulations alone. But America's appetite for guns is more voracious than ever. The Federal Bureau of Investigation's National Instant Criminal Background Check System processed more background checks for gun transactions on Black Friday — 185,713 in total — than on any single day since the system launched nearly two... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

22 November 2016

USA Today

On Nov. 9, the day after Donald Trump had been elected president, a customer walked into the Phoenix Tactical gun shop here not to make a purchase but to cancel one. The customer had put a Glock pistol on layaway, but wanted to void the purchase because Hillary Clinton had lost the election and a pro-gun Donald Trump had emerged victorious, Phoenix Tactical owner Bryan Bryner said. "He said: 'The threat is gone,' " Bryner said. That change of heart reflects a new... (GunPolicy.org)

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40228

United States

22 November 2016

Opposing Views (Canada)

National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS) numbers indicate that 2016 is on pace to have the highest number of background checks for guns on record. Up until the end of October, NCIS conducted 22,206,203 firearm background checks, which is less than 1 million away from the record year of 2015, which ran 23,141,970 firearm background checks. With two more months left to report, 2016 will likely surpass 2015 when the November numbers come through. NCIS... (GunPolicy.org)

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40224

United States

9 November 2016

Bloomberg (USA)

For all of President-Elect Donald Trump's warnings that Hillary Clinton was coming for America's guns, it turns out that it was his surprise victory that came with immediate pain for the firearm industry. Shares of gunmakers were tanking on Wednesday morning as investors prepare for a gun-friendly Trump presidency. The somewhat counterintuitive thesis goes like this: With the threat of stronger gun control laws fading under a Trump administration, fewer people will rush... (GunPolicy.org)

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40158

United States

9 November 2016

Vox (US)

Most Democrats want stricter gun laws, and most Republicans oppose them. So you might expect the election of Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress to be great news for the nation's gunmakers. But surprisingly, the opposite turned out to be the case. Two of the nation's biggest gun manufacturers, Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger, saw their stock prices fall by double digits this morning in the wake of Trump's election victory. Here's one theory for what's... (GunPolicy.org)

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40153

United States

8 November 2016

Reuters

Gun control-related ballot measures in four states are expected to pass on Tuesday, opinion polls showed, after gun safety advocates poured a massive amount of money into backing the initiatives. In Maine and Nevada, residents are voting on whether to mandate universal background checks for firearm sales, including private handgun transactions. If those two measures pass, half of all Americans would live in states that have such expanded checks. Eighteen states and... (GunPolicy.org)

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40148

United States

4 November 2016

HispanTV (Iran)

[Translated summary: Due to the tense political climate, American firearm manufacturers report a strong increase in sales. A report by the FBI shows that gun sale background checks grew 18% in October. One of the main firearm manufacturers in the US, Sturm, Ruger & Co, registered an increase of 34% in sales in the third trimester of 2016.] Los fabricantes de armas de fuego estadounidenses reportan un fuerte crecimiento de sus ventas de armas en el país por el tenso... (GunPolicy.org)

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40136

United States

3 November 2016

Salon (US)

With just days left before American voters decide who will replace President Barack Obama, many in the nation's gun-owning public seem to be preparing for a dystopian future of jackbooted liberal government thugs prying guns — as the popular slogan goes — from their cold dead hands. On Wednesday executives at the country's top firearms manufacturer said they're adequately prepared to meet demand from a postelection gun-buying surge if Democrats make significant... (GunPolicy.org)

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40125

United States

2 November 2016

CNN

Sturm, Ruger (RGR) reported that sales jumped by a third, to $161.4 million, in the quarter ended Oct. 1 compared with the same period last year. Earnings rose 66%. The company's stock rose 2% in early trading Wednesday. The company said sales are up across the industry, based on FBI data on background checks, which tend to rise and fall along with sales. Sales were "likely bolstered by the political campaign for next week's election," Chris Killoy, the Sturm, Ruger... (GunPolicy.org)

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40120

United States

2 November 2016

Independent (UK)

One of the biggest manufacturers of hand guns and assault rifles in the United States is reporting soaring sales in the run-up to the presidential election as enthusiasts fear that a Hillary Clinton victory over Donald Trump could lead to restrictive new gun-control measures. Sturm, Ruger, maker of AR-type assault rifles as well as an array of other rifles and pistols, said in an earnings call that sales rose by one third, to $161.4 million, in the quarter that ended 1... (GunPolicy.org)

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40119

Colombia

20 September 2016

El Tiempo (Bogotá)

[Translated summary: 40 people accused of gun trafficking were captured in Colombia. During the operation, 5 machine guns, 30 rifles, more than 50,000 cartridges, grenades, over 50 handguns and 2 sniper rifles were seized.] Luego de un operativo conjunto entre el Ejército y la Policía fueron capturadas 40 personas, en varias ciudades del país, a las que se les sindica de traficar armas con el Eln y bandas criminales. Los presuntos delincuentes incluso tenían una... (GunPolicy.org)

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39875

United States

9 September 2016

Mother Jones (USA)

Editor's note: Americans today aren't just stockpiling guns in record numbers; they are also shooting them at upward of 2,100 gun ranges across the country. In February, the pseudonymous author of this piece—a former employee at a gun range in Orange County, California—contacted Mother Jones reporter Josh Harkinson, who interviewed the author and corroborated his account (as told to Harkinson below) through official documents, news reports, and interviews with two... (GunPolicy.org)

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39809

United States

6 September 2016

CNN

Guns are selling at unprecedented levels this summer, which means 2016 is well on its way to breaking the all-time record for background checks. Background checks conducted by the FBI totaled 1,853,815 in August 2016, a 6% increase from August 2015. That's the most checks ever in the month of August since the FBI started conducting background checks in 1998. In fact, every monthly tally this year has hit an all-time high, meaning that 2016 is on track to be the record... (GunPolicy.org)

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39792

United States

2 September 2016

La Tribune (France)

[Translated summary: In fear of violence, a growing number of Americans choose to purchase firearms for self-defence. This behaviour is particularly lucrative for the firearm industry. For example, Smith & Wesson has registered a surge of 226% in its profit in the last few months.] L'américain Smith & Wesson a plus que doublé son profit net lors du dernier trimestre, tandis que les récentes fusillades ont fait grimper le cours de l'action des fabricants... (GunPolicy.org)

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39823

United States

15 August 2016

Guardian

Hundreds of gay activists will begin a campaign of civil disobedience and direct action against gun companies and their supporters on Monday, to demand an end to the epidemic of gun violence blighting the US. Members of Gays Against Guns, a group formed in the wake of the massacre of 49 people at the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando earlier this summer, said they would "no longer stand by and watch the gun industry profit from death". Organizers of the collective, which... (GunPolicy.org)

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39697

United States

1 August 2016

Guardian

The gun manufacturer Smith & Wesson's share price reached an all-time high on Monday after it was reported that the background checks for new guns had set a new record for July. Shortly after the FBI announced July's figures on Monday afternoon, shares in the second largest gun manufacturer hit $30.59 each. Smith & Wesson's shares closed the day at an all-time high of $30.36, up 3% for the day and beating a previous record high of $29.37 set in March. Shares in Sturm... (GunPolicy.org)

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39647

United States

27 June 2016

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Karen Butler still remembers the first time she picked up an AR-15-style rifle a decade ago. "Quite honestly, I was scared of it," she recalls. But as soon as she fired it, she became a fan. "You know some of these people that are fearful, it's just because they don't have knowledge," she said. "We call it furniture — it's got all the accessories on it that make it look a little intimidating. But once you shoot it you realize it's so much fun." Butler, of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39518

United States

22 June 2016

News (Australia)

Just when you thought you couldn't be any more dismayed by America's gun crisis, comes this depressing nugget of information. Despite the fight for gun control making waves across the world in the week since a terrorist attack in an Orlando nightclub that left 49 dead and 53 wounded, one online gun shop has sold a whopping 30,000 AR-15 rifles. Let me repeat that: 30,000 guns sold in ONE WEEK. Hunter's Warehouse owner Tom Engle told Fox Business' Stuart Varney that... (GunPolicy.org)

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39467

United States

21 June 2016

New York Times

At one time, military-style assault rifles like the ones used at a nightclub in Orlando, Fla., and in other mass shootings represented a relatively small segment of sales for gun manufacturers. But in recent decades, such guns serve as one of the two financial pillars of the firearms industry, along with smaller handguns that are designed to be concealed, which have been the biggest driver of sales. Together, the popularity of the assault rifles and small handguns... (GunPolicy.org)

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39501

United States

13 June 2016

Malay Mail (Kuala Lumpur)

WASHINGTON — When Omar Mateen entered an Orlando, Florida, nightclub yesterday to carry out the deadliest mass shooting in US history, he wielded a weapon that has been used in massacres from California to Connecticut: a military-inspired semi-automatic rifle. Though so-called assault rifles account for a small fraction of the United States' 30,000 annual gun deaths, they have been used in at least 10 mass shootings since 2011, according to a database compiled by... (GunPolicy.org)

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39416

United States

13 June 2016

Guardian

Gun company shares soared on Monday as traders predicted that Americans will react to the Orlando massacre by rushing out to arm themselves with more guns. Shares in the two biggest listed US gun manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger & Co rose by 11% and 10% in early trading and ended the day up 6.8% and 8.5% respectively. Gun companies shares have risen strongly after every recent mass shooting incident as investors speculate that the atrocities might lead to... (GunPolicy.org)

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39415

United States

13 June 2016

CBC News (Canada)

Shares in companies that make guns were higher Monday, the first trading day after the shooting in Orlando that is the deadliest in American history. Gun maker Smith & Wesson was up more than eight per cent to above $23 a share and rival Sturm, Ruger & Co. was up by more than 10 per cent on Monday, two days after Omar Mateen killed 49 people in an Orlando gay dance club using assault weaponry. Gun companies often see their shares rise in the aftermath of deadly... (GunPolicy.org)

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39409

United States

3 May 2016

Guardian

Sturm, Ruger & Co, one of the largest gun manufacturers in the US, reported sales of $173.1m for the first quarter of 2016, up 26% from last year and some of the highest earnings in the company's 67-year history. At a shareholding meeting, executives said "we are good citizens" and predicted that demand for guns could continue to grow thanks to the increasingly heated political rhetoric of the 2016 election, and a long-term trend of Americans wanting guns for... (GunPolicy.org)

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39212

Europe,North America,Asia

26 April 2016

Industry Today

According to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), small arms are weapons intended for use by an individual and include rifles, pistols, assault rifles, submachine guns, and light machine guns. On the other hand, light weapons are used by two or more persons serving as a crew and include grenade launchers, heavy machine guns, anti-aircraft guns, mortars, and anti-tank guns. All these light weapons are less than 100 mm in caliber. The rapidly changing nature of... (GunPolicy.org)

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39177

United States

20 March 2016

Albuquerque Journal

When a computer check on the loaded 9mm Ruger pistol found near the body of 23-year-old Edgar Camacho-Alvarado after he was shot and killed by a deputy U.S. marshal came back showing it was stolen from a car almost a year ago, police were not surprised. Nor were they shocked when a computer check on the handgun found near the body of 19-year-old Jose Rodriguez, who was shot by Albuquerque police officers in December, showed it was stolen from a car parked in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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38981

United States,Canada

11 February 2016

iPolitics (Canada)

The number of restricted firearms across Canada rose more than 82 per cent while Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in power, with the sharpest increase after the Conservatives formed a majority government. The increase is found in calculations made by iPolitics from statistics found in several reports of the federal Commissioner of Firearms, which released its 2014 report last month. One of the biggest increases was in Alberta, where the number of restricted guns rose... (GunPolicy.org)

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38908

United States

28 December 2015

Trace (USA)

Deborah Azrael, gun-violence researcher Despite some 300 million guns in circulation in America, research on guns and gun violence remains seriously underfunded. Among the handful of public health experts helping to expand the available pool of data is Dr. Deborah Azrael of Harvard's Injury Control Research Center. Azrael co-authored a seminal study in 2015 that found firearm suicide rates are higher in states with higher rates of gun ownership, underscoring the... (GunPolicy.org)

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39200

United States

15 October 2015

CNN

From a small-town pharmacist to a commercial pilot, it's not just gunmakers that are funding the National Rifle Association's political battles. The organization's overall revenue, which includes membership dues, program fees and other contributions, has boomed in recent years – rising to nearly $350 million in 2013. The majority of this money funds NRA initiatives like member newsletters, sporting events and gun safety education and training programs. These help... (GunPolicy.org)

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40160

Australia

10 September 2015

Bay Post, Australian Associated Press

An old man who littered his Dapto home with hidden firearms – some of them prohibited weapons – left no clues to explain the mystery cache before he died, police say. Twenty never-registered guns were found late last week stuffed inside unlocked cupboards or barely concealed underneath beds. Among the haul were four self-loading rifles, two pump-action shotguns, a self-loading and one shortened firearm. Police also found several thousand rounds of ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

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39232

United States

10 August 2015

Economist

With one of the highest murder rates among OECD countries—second only to Mexico—America retains its reputation as a disproportionately dangerous country. The number of violent assaults in America is comparable to those of other western countries, yet murders are much more common. The prevalence of guns goes a long way toward explaining America's terrible record—they are used in two-thirds of all murders. Americans are five times as likely to be murdered as Brits... (GunPolicy.org)

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39201

United States

3 December 2014

USA Today

ASHEVILLE — Two years ago, in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in which a mentally unstable man killed 20 students and six adults with a military-style rifle, such weapons seemed to be in deep trouble. After the Dec. 14, 2012, tragedy, President Obama and Congress called for reform and restrictions on the guns and their high-capacity magazines. Fearing an outright ban, gun buyers stampeded stores, cleaning out shelves and driving prices up to nearly... (GunPolicy.org)

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39460

Australia

31 July 2014

Inside Story (Australia)

On the chilly Melbourne evening of Sunday 9 August 1987, nineteen-year-old former army cadet Julian Knight drank several beers at the Royal Hotel in Clifton Hill then packed a bag with an M14 semi-automatic, a Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic, and a Mossberg pump action 12-gauge shotgun. As he later told the police, "I wanted to see what it was like to kill someone." Most bullets are less than a centimetre wide, but when they enter a person's body they make a far larger... (GunPolicy.org)

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38848

Germany,United States,Luxembourg

20 May 2014

Wall Street Journal

1. "Owning our product may be hazardous to your health." In the U.S., there are now somewhere between 270 million and 310 million guns, according to the Pew Research Center — that's almost one gun for every person in the nation. Judges and legislators across the political spectrum recognize the constitutional right to bear arms. And gun and ammunition sales to private citizens are a significant part of a nearly $15 billion industry that's seeing plenty of growth: On... (GunPolicy.org)

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38693

United States

12 May 2014

Los Angeles Times

When police confronted Tamerlan Tsarnaev four nights after the Boston Marathon bombing last year, he leaped from his car with a 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol and opened fire. He critically wounded one officer and, despite being shot himself, kept firing until the gun emptied or jammed. In a final act of defiance, he threw the pistol at police before he was killed. The tale of that handgun, a black Ruger P95, Serial Number 317-87693, offers new insights into the... (GunPolicy.org)

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38660

United States,Norway,Australia

18 March 2014

Action on Armed Violence (London)

On 22 July 2011, Anders Behring Breivik took a boat to the small island of Utøya on a Norwegian lake not far from Oslo. Dressed as a police officer, he claimed to be checking on the safety of a Labour party youth camp after an explosion in downtown Oslo hours earlier. The campers did not know that Breivik was not a police officer, that he was responsible for the blast, or that he viewed them as traitors. When they gathered around, Breivik, armed with a Ruger Mini-14... (GunPolicy.org)

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38498

India

14 March 2014

Times of India

CHANDIGARH - The armoury of police at police lines, Sector 26, has turned into a gallery of weapons surrendered by city residents despite the passage of the last date for depositing them on Wednesday. As many as 755 firearms of different brands, mostly foreign-made, were surrendered in the armoury since March 8. Nonetheless, the officials are accepting more weapons. The majority of surrendered weapons belong to Smith and Wesson, Winchester, Ruger, Heckler & Koch, and... (GunPolicy.org)

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38461

United States

12 February 2014

Guardian (UK)

Gun violence is erupting in America's schools and colleges at a rate of more than three incidents a month, with 13 school shootings recorded in the first six weeks of 2014 alone, a new study on the impact of gun violence since the Newtown tragedy shows. The analysis by groups campaigning for tighter gun controls in the US identifies at least 44 school and college shootings since Newtown in December 2012, when 20 children and six of their carers were killed in a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38361

United States

23 January 2014

New York Times

LOS ANGELES — Smith & Wesson, the firearms manufacturer, announced Thursday that it would not sell new semiautomatic pistols in California because of its objections to a gun safety law that took effect in the state last May. The Unsafe Handgun Act, which was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007, requires gun makers to use a technology called microstamping in new or upgraded gun models. Microstamping uses a laser to print a unique code on shell... (GunPolicy.org)

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38306

United States

23 January 2014

Los Angeles Times

SACRAMENTO — Gun maker Smith & Wesson announced Thursday that it would stop selling newly designed semiautomatic pistols in California because of a state law requiring those firearms to imprint a unique, identifying "microstamp" on bullet casings. The law, signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2007 but not implemented until May 2013, is intended to help police investigators link shell casings found at crime scenes to a specific gun. Smith & Wesson joins gun maker... (GunPolicy.org)

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38305

United States

4 January 2014

New York Times

BARRY, Illinois — The byline of Dick Metcalf, one of the country's pre-eminent gun journalists, has gone missing. It has been removed from Guns & Ammo magazine, where his widely-read column once ran on the back page. He no longer stars on a popular television show about firearms. Gun companies have stopped flying him around the world and sending him the latest weapons to review. In late October, Mr. Metcalf wrote a column that the magazine titled "Let's Talk Limits,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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38238

United States

21 December 2013

New York Times, Series

Last April, workers at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut called the police to report that a psychiatric patient named Mark Russo had threatened to shoot his mother if officers tried to take the 18 rifles and shotguns he kept at her house. Mr. Russo, who was off his medication for paranoid schizophrenia, also talked about the recent elementary school massacre in Newtown and told a nurse that he "could take a chair and kill you or bash your head in between the eyes,"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38214

United States

5 September 2013

Wall Street Journal

Permits to buy handguns in New Jersey — which has some of the strictest firearms laws in the U.S. — increased by 67% through June compared with the same period in 2012, according to data provided by the state police. New Jersey issued 59,120 permits required to purchase handguns in the first six months of 2013, the data show. Through June 2012, 35,425 permits were issued, and 64,107 were obtained for the entire year. Experts, gun-rights groups, and new gun owners... (GunPolicy.org)

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37841

United States

21 August 2013

Atlantic (USA)

It was swift and cowardly. Defenseless, distracted by music, Alex sat in the passenger seat of the rental as I made my way to the trunk. I remembered Frankie's words: "It's loaded, cocked, and the safety is off. All you have to do is pull the trigger." At that point in our lives, Alex and I, both in our early twenties, were gun-toting thugs immersed in gangster culture. We were out on bail for separate gun charges. A few years before, Alex had been acquitted of murder... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Atlantic (USA)

37784

United States

13 August 2013

Montreal Gazette (Québec)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sturm, Ruger & Co. said Tuesday that it aims to keep up with demand for its guns by opening a new factory in the small North Carolina community already home to America's largest firearms maker. Southport, Conn.-based Sturm, Ruger says it will open a new factory in Mayodan to meet firearm demand that has spiked since the U.S. Congress and some states sought to toughen gun controls. The community is already headquarters to Freedom Group Inc., which owns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Montreal Gazette (Québec)

37761

United States

29 May 2013

Washington Post

Every few hours, in a routine that is sometimes grim but more often mundane, local police take a gun off the streets. Since 2000, nearly 50,000 guns have been recovered by authorities in the District and Prince George's County. That is enough to arm every law enforcement officer in Maryland, the District and Virginia, with a couple of thousand guns to spare. Police confiscate guns after drive-bys, drug raids and traffic stops. They find them tossed on roofs and thrown... (GunPolicy.org)

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37499

Italy,United States

29 May 2013

Newcastle Herald (New South Wales) / New York Times

The Glock executive testified that he would keep doing business with a gun dealer who had been indicted on a charge of violating firearms laws because "this is still America" and "you're still innocent until proven guilty". The president of Sturm, Ruger & Co was not interested in knowing how often the police traced guns back to the company's distributors, saying it "wouldn't show us anything". And an executive for Taurus International Manufacturing said his company... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Newcastle Herald (New South Wales) / New York Times

37496

Fiji,Canada

30 April 2013

Metro Canada

A Vancouver criminal who had already received two lifetime weapons bans was caught again with three illegal guns. Police executed a search warrant on June 20 last year on a home where Victor Sharma lived with his late mother. Police found a fairly large marijuana grow-op of 659 marijuana plants, worth an estimated $220,000, and a hydroelectric bypass. Officers also found an illegal Ruger semi-automatic pistol with 13 live rounds loaded in a clip. The gun had its... (GunPolicy.org)

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37410

United States

23 February 2013

Christian Science Monitor

ATLANTA - A growing number of firearms firms in the United States are vowing to reverse-boycott local and state governments that enact any new infringements on the Second Amendment. Vowing to close what they're calling "the police loophole," at least 50 US companies, ranging from gun machinists to gun shops, are now saying publicly they'll refuse to sell weapons and gear to police in places where governments have banned the use of the same gear by civilians. Quality... (GunPolicy.org)

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37108

United States

18 February 2013

Washington Post

WASHINGTON — 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. One model of that firearm, the Ruger .223 caliber Mini-14, is on the proposed list to be banned, while a different model of the same gun is on a list of exempted firearms in legislation the Senate is considering. The gun that would... (GunPolicy.org)

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37095

Brazil,United States

15 February 2013

Financial Times (UK)

A New York City teachers' retirement fund has withdrawn $13.5m in investments in gun manufacturers, in the latest move by a public pension fund to distance itself from the firearms industry after a mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school. John Liu, New York City's comptroller who serves as investment adviser to the $46.6bn fund, said on Friday that the shooting that left 20 children dead in Newtown, Connecticut, and "the continued prevalence of gun violence... (GunPolicy.org)

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37094

United States

10 February 2013

New York Times

PAINESVILLE, Ohio — Mary Ann Froebe stood feet apart with knees slightly bent and aimed the .22-caliber Ruger semiautomatic. "You've got some adrenaline running through you right now," said Esther Beris, the coordinator of the northeastern Ohio chapter of A Girl and a Gun Women's Shooting League. "It's O.K., just relax." Ms. Froebe, 42, a small-business owner who described herself as a "virgin gun shooter," concentrated and pulled the trigger. "It was awesome," she... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37047

United States

26 January 2013

New York Times, Series

Threatened by long-term declining participation in shooting sports, the firearms industry has poured millions of dollars into a broad campaign to ensure its future by getting guns into the hands of more, and younger, children. The industry's strategies include giving firearms, ammunition and cash to youth groups; weakening state restrictions on hunting by young children; marketing an affordable military-style rifle for "junior shooters" and sponsoring... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36988

United States

2 January 2013

Pine Tree Watchdog (Maine)

Taxpayers across the country are subsidizing the manufacturers of assault rifles used in multiple mass killings, including the massacre of 20 children and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. last month. A Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting examination of tax records shows that five companies that make semi-automatic rifles have received more than $19 million in tax breaks, most within with the past five years. "I feel horrified at the power of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Pine Tree Watchdog (Maine)

36898

United States

20 December 2012

Sacramento Bee (California)

The National Rifle Association has gone dark since Sandy Hook. This is not the usual refusal to comment out of respect. Nothing has been posted to their website since the killings last Friday morning in Newtown, Conn. Their last daily video news feed went up the day before. Their Facebook page has been deactivated. Their last Twitter posting ("10 Days of NRA Giveaways – Enter today for a chance to win an auto emergency tool!") must have come early on Friday. There... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sacramento Bee (California)

36861

United States

19 December 2012

ABC News (USA) / AP

Investors shunned some of the nation's largest gun makers Tuesday, putting up for sale the manufacturer of the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle used in the Connecticut school shooting and worrying that the attack could soon bring stricter gun laws. Stocks of other gun companies fell, and one sporting-goods chain said it would temporarily stop sales of military-style firearms. In Washington, some former opponents of gun control signaled that they may change their... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (USA) / AP

36839

United States

18 December 2012

New York Times

Sitting in their offices high above Park Avenue late on Monday, the private equity executives who own the country's largest gun company received a phone call from one of their most influential investors. An official at the California teachers' pension fund, which has $750 million invested with the private equity firm, Cerberus Capital Management, was on the line, raising questions about the firm's ownership of the Freedom Group, the gun maker that made the rifle used... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36853

Australia

17 December 2012

Sydney Morning Herald

Thirteen years after John Howard's historic gun reforms, a woman with a history of chronic paranoid schizophrenia walked out of the Sydney Pistol Club with one of its weapons, a .22 calibre Ruger semi-automatic pistol. Shamin Fernando, a probationary club member, used it to pump bullets into the head of her 70-year-old father, Vincent Lalin Fernando, in August 2010. He was her only target. But gun control campaigners worry that there is nothing to stop a mass killer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

36828

United States

29 November 2012

New York Times, Opinion

President Obama's election and recent re-election have apparently fueled a gun-buying craze in this country unlike anything we've seen in modern times. USA Today reported this week: "For the second consecutive year, prospective gun buyers joined Black Friday shoppers in record numbers as firearms dealers swamped the F.B.I. with required buyer background check requests. The F.B.I. fielded 154,873 calls, a roughly 20 percent increase from last year's previous one-day... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

36785

United States

7 November 2012

Los Angeles Times

While investors moping over President Barack Obama's reelection sent the Dow spiraling down more than 300 points Wednesday morning, one sector is seeing a surge: gun manufacturing. Firearms maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. surged 10.8% to $10.48 a share in morning trading, more than double its price at the beginning of the year. Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc. got a 6.4% boost to $47.48 a share, a 39% increase from early January The impetus? Gun sales are expected to boom... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

36719

United States

19 October 2012

Newser (USA) / Associated Press

President Barack Obama has presided over a heyday for the gun industry despite predictions by the National Rifle Association four years ago that he would be the "most anti-gun president in American history." The president hasn't pressed such an agenda, but gun owners still are afraid that, if re-elected, an Obama who wouldn't have to face voters again would try to restrict firearms purchases. An analysis by The Associated Press of data tracking the health of the gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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36662

United States

20 August 2012

Business Wire

SOUTHPORT, Conneticut - Sturm, Ruger & Co., Inc. (NYSE-RGR) is on pace to beat its own record of 1,114,700 firearms produced in one year, set in 2011. On August 15, 2012 Ruger produced its one millionth firearm of the year, a Ruger SR1911 pistol which will be hand-engraved by Baron Technology, Inc. and auctioned off to support the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action. "Last year, Ruger became the first commercial firearms company to produce one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Wire

36485

United States

30 July 2012

Reuters, Opinion

Mass shootings are good for the gun business. So are dark warnings from the principal gun lobby in the United States, the National Rifle Association (NRA), that President Barack Obama is leading a global conspiracy to seize an estimated 300 million guns now held by private citizens. Whether this is true or not doesn't matter. As they say on Wall Street, perception is reality and the fears the NRA has managed to inspire since Obama's 2008 election have led to a boom for... (GunPolicy.org)

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36411

United States

6 June 2012

CBS News (USA) / AP

NEW YORK - Shares of firearms maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. rose Wednesday after a Wedbush analyst said that gun sales rose in May on worries that President Barack Obama may tighten gun laws if he is reelected. THE SPARK: Wedbush analyst Rommel Dionisio said gun sales picked up in May, and Smith & Wesson was gaining market share. He maintained his "Outperform" rating on the stock. THE BIG PICTURE: Last month, Smith & Wesson boosted its fourth-quarter sales... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBS News (USA) / AP

36224

India

21 May 2012

Guardian (UK)

When Dr Harveen Kaur Sidhu travels from her home in an upmarket neighbourhood of the north-western Indian city of Chandigarh, she always slips her lightweight .22 revolver in her bag. The gun is a new purchase – Sidhu got her licence only a year ago – but now the 33-year-old dentist won't travel without it. "I don't have faith in the police to protect me. There are so many attacks on women these days. It's everybody's right to defend themselves. I think all women... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

36148

Australia,United States

22 April 2012

Age (Melbourne)

He affects the face of a tough guy, but the gun this twitchy young man keeps for protection looks like a novelty cigarette lighter. The .22 derringer can almost be concealed in his pudgy hand, save for the stumpy barrel that sticks out between his fingers. The speed that he deals keeps him highly strung. But it's mainly the gun that makes him edgy. "If I get caught with drugs, I wouldn't go to jail. I don't hold enough and I haven't been caught before," he says. "But... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

36885

United States

22 March 2012

Reuters

Gun maker Sturm Ruger & Co Inc's (RGR.N) shares rose to a life-high on Thursday, after the company said demand was rising so fast that it was suspending new orders until May. Sturm Ruger said on Wednesday that it has received orders for more than one million guns for the first quarter and it could not keep up with demand despite increased production. The spike in demand comes in an election year when fears of gun control regulations resurface. In 2009, gun sales had... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

35943

United States

11 March 2012

Christian Science Monitor

Leaning against a scrub pine as preschoolers scurry about at his feet, Shane Gazda, father of 3-year-old twins, recalls a conundrum he faced earlier that morning: whether to take his Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun to a Groundhog Day celebration in this town's White Deer Park. After all, what was once against the law in North Carolina – carrying a concealed gun in a town park, square, or greenway – is now, as of Dec. 1, 2011, very much allowed. To Mr. Gazda, who... (GunPolicy.org)

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35900

United States

22 January 2012

CNN

NEW YORK -- An online campaign in support of a former U.S. Marine -- arrested for attempting to security-check his pistol while visiting the Empire State Building -- is bringing new attention and a fair amount of scrutiny to one of the nation's toughest gun-control laws. Ryan Jerome, 28, was charged with criminal possession of his .45-caliber Ruger while visiting the famous New York landmark during a September vacation with his girlfriend. Jerome has a license to carry... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

35757

United States

29 December 2011

Bloomberg (USA)

A toaster that burns the National Rifle Association's logo onto bread fetched $650 at an auction last month, just one reflection of the money-making power in the gun group's brand. The NRA, which began as a grassroots organization dedicated to teaching marksmanship, enters the 2012 election season as a lobbying, merchandising and marketing machine that brings in more than $200 million a year and intends to help unseat the incumbent president. From 2004 to 2010, the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

35695

Canada

6 December 2011

CBC News (Canada)

The contentious long-gun registry is on the cusp of being abolished, meaning rifles and shotguns like those sold at Stephen Milton's King City, Ont., shop will disappear from government records. But while police say that would make it harder for them to do their jobs, Milton says it would be a good move. "We don't have a gun problem. We have a criminal problem, we have a gang problem, we have problems with people who have no regard for the law whatsoever," he said.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBC News (Canada)

35631

United States

1 December 2011

New York Times, Opinion

PHOENIX — When it became clear in the early fall of 2008 that Barack Obama, son of a Kansan and a Kenyan, would be the 44th President of the United States, many citizens rushed to their gun shops, stocked up on ammo and camo, and tried to fortify their nests with all manner of lethal weapons. Though he had said nothing about gun control in the campaign, Obama, to a certain kind of person, appeared to be a grave threat to the Second Amendment. He was urban —... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35609

Canada

30 November 2011

Le Devoir (Quebec)

[Translated Summary: "A poisoned Christmas gift." Opposition attempts have failed and Bill C-19 will be sent back to the House of Commons: the long gun register will be abolished, as will its data, and no one will be able to revive it. This was the decision made by the Commons Public Safety Committee, made up of a conservative majority.] OTTAWA — Malgré les critiques de plusieurs témoins, et notamment du gouvernement du Québec, la proposition des conservateurs... (GunPolicy.org)

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35603

Canada

29 November 2011

Toronto Sun (Ontario)

OTTAWA - The Conservatives refused to bite on amendments put forward by the NDP Tuesday on the bill to repeal the long gun registry. The Commons public safety committee has wrapped up its study of Bill C-19, which will be heading back to the House without changes despite the NDP's last ditch attempt to remedy what they see as serious problems with the proposed legislation. Two amendments were shot down by the Conservatives - one forcing the feds to table the costs of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Sun (Ontario)

35602

Canada

29 November 2011

National Post (Toronto), Blog

The federal New Democrats have been left scrambling after nearly making an embarrassing mistake in an ad campaign criticizing the federal Tories for scrapping the long-gun registry. The NDP planned to run ads showing the Mini-14 rifle, which would no longer be subject to registration after the end of the long-gun registry. But the graphic showed the wrong variant of the Mini-14 — one that is considered a restricted firearm, and therefore won't be affected by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Post (Toronto)

35596

Iraq,Afghanistan,United States

26 November 2011

New York Times

SCARBOROUGH, Me. - Lined up in a gun rack beneath mounted deer heads is a Bushmaster Carbon 15, a matte-black semiautomatic rifle that looks as if it belongs to a SWAT team. On another rack rests a Teflon-coated Prairie Panther from DPMS Firearms, a supplier to the United States Border Patrol and security agencies in Iraq. On a third is a Remington 750 Woodsmaster, a popular hunting rifle. The variety of rifles and shotguns on sale here at Cabela's, the national... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35581

United States

25 November 2011

New York Times

ROCKAWAY, N.J. — Judging by what the authorities say about him, Steven Hopler has really been testing the limits of the Second Amendment. Mr. Hopler, 49, who lives on a winding road here, is once again fighting for his right to keep and bear arms despite having been totally blind for most of his adult life. He has repeatedly persuaded judges to let him keep his collection of more than a dozen handguns, but doing so has been more complicated since 2008, when he was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35585

Guatemala,United States,Mexico,Central America

16 November 2011

Contralinea (Mexico)

[Translated Summary: Contralinea magazine details the routes by which guns are trafficked into Mexico, including the flow of arms from the US directly to Guatemala, and then over Mexico's southern border. English translation at: http://bit.ly/uBnEGu] En la última década, México pasó del lugar vigesimosegundo al quinto en tráfico de armas en el ámbito mundial. Se calcula que cada día ingresan al país unas 2 mil para abastecer a los cárteles de la droga, la... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Contralinea (Mexico)

35574

Australia

13 November 2011

ABC Radio National - Background Briefing, Transcript

Gun clubs report lots of new members, hunting is cool, and handguns are gangland chic. The hundreds of thousands of guns destroyed in buybacks since Port Arthur have been more than replaced by new ones. But guns are highly political and the national system for monitoring gun ownership is a mess. Reporter, Ian Townsend. Ian Townsend: There may be more guns in Australia today than there have ever been. In the past 16 months in Queensland alone, nearly 50,000 guns —... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC Radio National - Background Briefing

35580

United States,United Kingdom

10 November 2011

Guardian (UK)

A man has been found guilty of helping an international gun runner to smuggle dozens of handguns into Britain on commercial transatlantic flights. Over a six-month period gun runner Steven Greenoe, 37, – an American who lived in Shrewsbury and is currently awaiting sentence in the US – repeatedly crossed the Atlantic to purchase weapons to sell on to the criminal underworld for a huge profit. He broke the guns down to their component parts and smuggled them into... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

35529

Canada

8 November 2011

McGill Tribune (Montreal)

On Oct. 25 Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government introduced Bill C-19 to the House of Commons. This bill, known as the Ending the Long-gun Registry Act, seeks to abolish the current long-gun registry. If passed, gun owners will no longer be required by law to register rifles and shotguns. Furthermore, Bill C-19 would ensure the destruction of all existing records of these weapons in the Canadian Firearms Registry. The Conservative government's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: McGill Tribune (Montreal)

35517

Canada

1 November 2011

Toronto Star (Ontario)

OTTAWA — The powerful Ruger Mini-14 semi-automatic rifle used in the 1989 Montreal massacre and this summer's Norway bloodbath. Sniper rifles that can pierce light armour from a distance of up to 1.5 kilometres. Or one that can drop a target two kilometres away. They are all weapons that will soon be declassified under the Conservatives' bill to kill the long-gun registry and freed from binding controls that now see them listed with the RCMP-run database. They... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

35492

Canada

24 October 2011

Montreal Gazette (Québec)

The Canadian public loves its guns, and has a sizable arsenal to prove it. According to the Canadian Firearms Centre, there are more than 7.6 million registered firearms in Canada, about one gun for every four Canadians. More than 1.8 million Canadians - about six per cent of the population - have valid gun licences, with the largest concentrations in Atlantic Canada and the North. The Yukon stacks up as the most gun-loving area of the country, with more than 84 guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Montreal Gazette (Québec)

35454

United States

5 September 2011

Bloomberg (USA)

Rick Perry's emergence as the front runner for the Republican Presidential nomination would seem like a coup for the gun industry. The Texas governor's enthusiasm for firearms rivals Yosemite Sam's. He has an A+ rating from the Texas State Rifle Association and packs a laser-sighted Ruger pistol when he jogs. Last year, he famously shot a coyote that threatened his dog during a run. To commemorate his act of valor, the manufacturer, Sturm, Ruger & Co., produced a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

35247

United States

5 September 2011

Daily Mail (UK)

For most gun loving Americans, the election of President Obama brought fears of a clamp down on their hobby. But shockingly, new statistics show the President may just be the best thing to happen to the U.S. gun industry. The numbers show that since he took office, gun ownership in America has soared - with FBI requested background checks for new gun licences set to reach 15 million for the first time in their history. In another sign of America's new found love for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK)

35246

United States,Canada

19 August 2011

Canada.com, Opinion

Know what I like best about Canada's national symbol, the beaver? It's not imperial. Not for us the American eagle with its razor talons, the British bulldog with its gobful of teeth or the ballsy Gallic rooster that struts symbolically for France. Canadians chose a docile rodent with buck teeth, a pot belly and a tail that looks like it was run over by a Zamboni. We could have opted for a ferocious wolf, a majestic moose, a mighty bison or a fearsome polar bear. We... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Canada.com

35208

Denmark,European Union,United States,Norway

2 August 2011

Views and News from Norway

Calls are going out for stricter gun regulation and changes to the Norwegian criminal code after the terrorist attacks on Oslo and Utøya, with police, politicians and academics welcoming a debate. When such a debate will be able to occur is more uncertain, with the American police chief in charge of the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombings warning Norwegians not to be overly critical of police or emergency services at this early stage. The police have expressed a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Views and News from Norway

35153

Norway,Canada

30 July 2011

Montreal Gazette (Québec)

MONTREAL - There are two basic crime scenes when it comes to gun violence in Canada. One involves weapons that are traceable - sometimes using the $1 billion long-gun registry that is likely to be scrapped by the Conservative government this fall, as promised. The other - far more common - involves guns that are not traceable because they are not registered, the registration number was erased or the guns used to kill are never found. The looming question as MPs get set... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Montreal Gazette (Québec)

35148

Norway,United States

29 July 2011

Sturm, Ruger (USA), Media release

SOUTHPORT, Connecticut -- Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. (NYSE: RGR) is proud to announce that it has donated $279,600.00 to the NRA as part of Ruger's "Million Gun Challenge to Benefit the NRA" campaign. Ruger is trying to make history by selling one million firearms to the commercial market in a 12-month period, and is pledging to give the NRA one dollar for every gun sold during that time period with the goal of donating $1,000,000. At the close of the first quarter... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sturm, Ruger (USA)

35147

United States,Norway

27 July 2011

Huffington Post (USA), Blog

The attack in Norway by Anders Behring Breivik, apparently involving a Ruger Mini-14 assault rifle, is only the most horrific of the mass shootings involving the company's products. Founded in 1949, the "corporate motto" of Sturm, Ruger & Co. is "Arms Makers for Responsible Citizens." But Sturm, Ruger firearms are also often found in the hands of mass shooters: last year's attack at a Connecticut beer distributor, leaving eight victims dead and two wounded; the 1999... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

35140

United States,Norway,Australia

26 July 2011

Herald Sun (Melbourne) / AAP

The National Coalition for Gun Control has renewed its call for a ban on semi-automatic handguns after the Norway massacre. Coalition co-convenor Samantha Lee said semi-automatic longarms were deemed too dangerous and banned in 1996 after the Port Arthur massacre in which Martin Bryant shot dead 35 people. But semi-automatic handguns remain available to sporting shooters. "It only takes one person with a high-powered semi-automatic firearm and access to lots of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne) / AAP

35114

Poland,Norway

24 July 2011

Financial Times (UK)

The Nordic countries' hunting traditions mean that there is a high rate of gun ownership in Norway, where locals – and tourists - often go out to the woods to hunt wild reindeer, moose, deer, hare and grouse. About 439,000 Norwegians are recognised by the Norwegian Register of Hunters, or about one in every 10 citizens. However, most have licences for bolt-action rifles and shotguns, with a smattering of semi-automatic weapons, and ownership of heavier weapons and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Financial Times (UK)

35102

United States

16 July 2011

New York Times, Opinion

While all the country gaped last week at the acrimony ensnarling the Federal government, Arizonans were treated to an additional, equally bizarre spectacle. You'll be shocked to hear that a firearm was involved. It was a classic case of he said/she said, but of a particular stripe hard to imagine outside Arizona, where guns are so fervently embraced that I imagine they rank above waffle irons as popular wedding gifts and make the occasional appearance at christenings,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

35069

Mexico,United States

16 July 2011

Christian Science Monitor

ATLANTA - Busting a major gunrunning ring on the New Mexico frontier – and netting a mayor, a police chief and a town councilor in the process – would normally be a huge feather in the cap of embattled federal agencies under pressure to stop cross-border arms smuggling and corruption. But instead, the resolution of the so-called Columbus 11 case in the historic border village of Columbus, N.M., has taken on a muted tone, primarily because of its potentially... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

35067

United States

23 June 2011

Center for Public Integrity / iWatch News (USA)

Like many states, Maine depends on the FBI to conduct background checks of people who want to acquire firearms from the state's federally licensed gun dealers. And like many states, Maine is a slacker in supplying the records that the FBI depends on to run those checks. That's how Raymond Geisel got his guns, including a Glock Model 17 pistol and a semi-automatic version of the AK-47 assault rifle. Geisel had previously been committed to a psychiatric hospital in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Center for Public Integrity / iWatch News (USA)

34990

Jamaica

20 June 2011

Jamaica Gleaner

The St Catherine South police yesterday seized four illegal guns within an eight-hour period and charged one man with breaches of the Firearms Act. The guns were seized in Waterford and Old Harbour, respectively. About 9:45 a.m., a team, led by Senior Superintendent Colin Pinnock, went along Caymanas Drive in Waterford, St Catherine. Following the searches of a number of premises, the team inspected bushes near the Waterford Primary School. This resulted in the... (GunPolicy.org)

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34963

United States

12 May 2011

San Francisco Chronicle / AP

MANCHESTER, Connecticut - There is no evidence to support a man's claim that he was a victim of racism before he fatally shot eight co-workers at a beer distribution company last year, police said Thursday. Omar Thornton, who was black, "did not seem to understand the concept of seniority" and therefore believed he was subjected to racism at Hartford Distributors, Manchester Police Chief Marc Montminy said. The company's most senior drivers pick the best routes,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Francisco Chronicle / AP

34795

United States,Australia

14 April 2011

Croakey / Crikey (Australia), Blog

Should Australia be contributing to the gun toll in the USA? It's a timely question for the Defence Export Control Office in the Department of Defence in Canberra, says Adjunct Associate Professor Philip Alpers, of GunPolicy.org at the Sydney School of Public Health, University of Sydney. Philip Alpers writes: If Canberra follows precedent, around 10,000 surplus Australian police firearms will soon be for sale in pawn shops and gun shops across the United States. To... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Croakey / Crikey (Australia)

34671

United States,Australia

14 April 2011

Australian (Sydney)

Almost 10,000 Australian police-issue handguns will flood the American secondary arms market after two state police departments opted to trade in their old weapons rather than have them destroyed. The Australian has learned that Victoria and South Australia struck deals with weapons manufacturer Smith & Wesson to export their surplus weapons to the US to reduce the cost of upgrading to semi-automatic pistols. While NSW and the Australian Federal Police destroyed their... (GunPolicy.org)

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34668

Australia

5 March 2011

Sydney Morning Herald

When the gun club official noticed a borrowed pistol had not been signed back into the register, he made a fatal assumption. Without checking, he assumed it was a clerical error, packed up the club's firearms and drove home. It was 2pm and it took another 72 minutes for police to be told the pistol was missing. In the meantime it was allegedly used in a murder. Another club official eventually called police at 3.12pm. Two minutes later a mentally ill woman, Shamin... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

34512

United Kingdom,United States

2 March 2011

BBC News

An American man accused of smuggling 62 guns into the UK has pleaded guilty in an US court. Steven Greenoe, 37, who appeared in court in Raleigh, North Carolina, faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1m (£610,000) fine. In exchange for federal prosecutors dropping 48 other weapons charges against him, he pleaded guilty to two counts of transporting guns outside the US without a federal export licence. He is expected to be sentenced in June. Arsenal US prosecutors... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

34491

United States

20 February 2011

Daily Star (Arizona)

It didn't take much effort for the accused gunman in Tucson's Jan. 8 mass shooting to buy a semiautomatic handgun and ammunition - quick trips to the Sportsman's Warehouse and Walmart near his home. It didn't take long - 15 seconds - for him to shoot 19 people, killing six, when he fired 31 rounds using a high-capacity magazine. That's roughly double the standard number for the Glock pistol he used. And even if police could go back in time, they wouldn't have been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Star (Arizona)

34438

United States

18 February 2011

Bloomberg (USA)

Lawmakers from Arizona to Wyoming, the mountain region of Western movies and home to four of the five fastest-growing states, are moving forward with gun laws that would be among the nation's most permissive, undeterred by the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords. Arizona, where the shooting took place last month, is considering a proposal to allow firearms on college campuses. Wyoming's Senate passed a bill to authorize residents to carry concealed... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

34427

United Kingdom,United States

25 January 2011

Press Association (UK)

A former Marine faces trial in the United States accused of smuggling more than 60 handguns into Britain in his luggage. Steven Greenoe, 37, is alleged to have imported at least 66 weapons into the country from his home in North Carolina. Police fear many of the guns, which included Glock and Ruger 9mm pistols, were sold to criminal gangs in north-west England. One drive-by shooting in Wythenshawe, Manchester, last October, in which a man was hit in the leg,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Press Association (UK)

34247

United States

23 January 2011

Los Angeles Times

TOMBSTONE, Arizona — A billboard just outside this Old West town promises "Gunfights Daily!" and tourists line up each afternoon to watch costumed cowboys and lawmen reenact the bloody gunfight at the OK Corral with blazing six-shooters. But as with much of the Wild West, myth has replaced history. The 1881 shootout took place in a narrow alley, not at the corral. Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday weren't seen as heroic until later; they were initially charged with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

34239

United States

14 January 2011

Los Angeles Times

Joe Zamudio was out buying cigarettes last Saturday when he heard what sounded like fireworks but quickly realized were gunshots. He reached into his coat pocket for the 9-millimeter semiautomatic pistol he carried, clicking the safety off. He heard yelling around him: "Shooter, shooter, get down!" Zamudio saw a young man squirming on the ground and an older man standing above him, waving a gun. Zamudio, 24, had his finger on the trigger and seconds to decide. He... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

34088

Austria,United States

13 January 2011

Business Week / Bloomberg (USA)

For all the anguish and outcry in the days after a community college dropout named Jared Loughner allegedly sprayed a Tucson crowd with 33 bullets from a semiautomatic pistol, one response was notably absent: any sense that America's latest shooting spree, which killed six people and wounded 14, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, would bring new restrictions on the right to own or carry large-capacity, rapid-fire weapons. The gun control debate has vanished... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Business Week / Bloomberg (USA)

34085

United States

12 January 2011

Wall Street Journal

Police and gun dealers say Glock semiautomatic pistols, including the lightweight model allegedly used in the Tucson rampage last weekend, are among the most popular firearms in the U.S. because they are easy to use, reliable and accurate. "The Glock is a very popular weapon, generally not only with the law enforcement but with civilians," said James Pasco, executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents about 330,000 street-level officers. "It's... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

34063

United States

12 January 2011

East Valley Tribune (Arizona)

A new state lawmaker is bringing her concealed gun into the Senate despite signs on the doors making the building a weapons-free zone. And the president of the Senate doesn't intend to do anything about that. Sen. Lori Klein, R-Anthem, said she has had a gun for years. And when a new law kicked in last year allowing anyone to have a concealed weapon, she began carrying a .380 Ruger in her purse. "I believe that my responsibility is to protect myself," she told... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: East Valley Tribune (Arizona)

34056

United States

6 January 2011

Walton Sun (Florida)

PANAMA CITY — A former Washington County commissioner and his son were sentenced to prison Wednesday for selling firearms to a convicted felon. Federal Judge Richard Smoak sentenced the former commissioner, Ronnie B. Finch, and son Victor to six months in prison, three years probation and fined $3,000. The two defendants had signed a plea agreement with federal prosecutors in November after they allegedly sold firearms to a convicted felon. According to court... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Walton Sun (Florida)

33972

United States

15 December 2010

Grand Rapids Press (Michigan)

Eighty-one years ago, Felix Pytlinske started Felix's Marine & Guns in Robinson Township overlooking Stearns Bayou on the Grand River. His son, Felix Pytlinske Jr., turns 80 next month. He doesn't know, he jokes, if he was named for his father — or the shop. But he knows it's a tough business. Three burglaries in three years resulted in the loss of nearly 170 firearms The thefts nearly did him in. They also put a lot of guns on the street. Pytlinske said police... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Grand Rapids Press (Michigan)

33845

United States

2 December 2010

Baltimore Sun

It's the signature program for Baltimore police — curtail violence by getting guns off city streets. The department's public Twitter feed is replete with gun arrests — "traffic stop leads to 1 arrest and recovery of a .40 cal handgun" — reads one note from Monday. "Call for armed person leads to recovery of a .38 caliber handgun," reads another message from Thursday. But it seems that just as often as guns are taken out of circulation, bullets fired from guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Baltimore Sun

33747

Australia

24 November 2010

Australian Associated Press

Six firearms hidden inside PVC pipes have been unearthed in a forest in NSW's central west. A man has been charged over the discovery in dense bushland in the Goonoo State Forest at Mogriguy, 25 kilometres north-west of Dubbo. Following a tip-off from a member of the public, police searched the forest on Monday and discovered inside buried PVC pipes two .22 rifles, one 12-gauge shotgun, a semi-automatic .223 Ruger rifle, a .303 Lithgow rifle and a 3030 Winchester... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian Associated Press

33698

United States

9 November 2010

Richmond Confidential (California)

From mid-September to mid-October there were 182 separate instances of gunfire in Richmond; that averages out to about six a day. Not all of these shootings — tracked by the department's ShotSpotter gunshot detection system — were motivated by violence, said Captain Mark Gagan, head of Richmond's central police district. Many incidents were apparently celebratory, like people firing off guns at parties or after the San Francisco Giants won the World Series. Still,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Richmond Confidential (California)

33647

Afghanistan,Iraq,United States

9 November 2010

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - Federal agents have arrested three retired Marines suspected of selling illegal assault weapons to a notorious Los Angeles street gang, authorities said Tuesday. The suspected ringleader, Adam Gitschlag, who served in Iraq and was once based at Camp Pendleton, was arrested at his Orange County home Nov. 2 as part of an operation carried out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as military investigators and local police. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

33612

United States

24 October 2010

Washington Post, Series

Outside a baby shower in Landover three years ago, Erik Kenneth Dixon snapped. As he argued with his sister and her boyfriend in a parking lot, the 25-year-old man whipped out a .45-caliber Glock and shot her in the leg. Then he chased down her boyfriend, firing between cars and at the running man's feet until he slipped on wet grass. As the prone man held his hands up in futile defense, Dixon executed him, firing seven times. By law, Dixon was prohibited from owning... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

33509

Canada

9 October 2010

Windsor Star (Ontario)

WINDSOR, Ontario - Gun charges against a local elementary school teacher have been withdrawn -- after her husband took the fall. Giuseppe Zambito, 42, is in Windsor Jail this weekend after pleading guilty to two counts of unsafe storage of a firearm and one count of diverting electricity. Luana Zambito, Giuseppe's 41-year-old wife, no longer has any charges. She teaches Grade 1 at King Edward public school. Giuseppe was sentenced on Friday to 14 days of custody,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Windsor Star (Ontario)

33464

New Zealand

4 September 2010

Dominion Post (Wellington)

The violent deaths of Napier gunman Jan Molenaar and the police officer he shot, sparking a 50-hour siege, could lead to sweeping changes to gun laws. Coroner David Crerar has recommended the Government review the Arms Act – including revisiting a suggested ban on military-style semi-automatics – as part of his findings into the deaths of Molenaar and Senior Constable Len Snee last May. He levelled criticism at the community, saying it was "a matter of enduring... (GunPolicy.org)

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33275

United States

4 August 2010

New York Times

It was the busiest time of the day at Hartford Distributors, the morning shift change. And among the dozens of warehouse workers, sales representatives and executives inside the sprawling building in Manchester, Conn., was the company's newest truck driver, about to lose his job. The driver, Omar S. Thornton, 34, came in at 7 a.m. on Tuesday for a disciplinary hearing. Mr. Thornton had been with the company for two years, still new in a family-run workplace where... (GunPolicy.org)

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33109

Canada

26 July 2010

Winnipeg Sun (Manitoba)

Nine firearms and other weapons were seized and three people arrested when police officers interrupted Winnipeg-based members of a gun-trafficking network earlier this month. Facing more than 140 criminal charges, the suspects — two men and a woman — may be part of something larger but Winnipeg police were tight-lipped about the scope of the illegal ring. The reason is several related, parallel investigations are ongoing and discussing intimate details of this... (GunPolicy.org)

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33089

United States

9 July 2010

Patriot Ledger (Massachusetts), Editorial

Anyone who thinks the Supreme Court's decision on gun rights last week was an exercise for constitutional scholars – and nothing more – didn't catch what happened with the stock of gun manufacturers Smith & Wesson and Sturm, Ruger. Like a trigger had been squeezed, their stock went up on a day other stocks went down. The justices' 5-4 decision was a landmark one, establishing clearly that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms is not a lesser right among... (GunPolicy.org)

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32994

United States

22 June 2010

Sun-Gazette (Pennsylvania)

City police secured a warrant Monday to track down a man who is accused of selling drugs from his Scott Street home where a gun battle occurred just over a week ago, resulting in the death of another man. Police said Neil L. Felver, 29, used a .22 caliber Ruger handgun to shoot Abdul Miller, 33, of Milton after Miller invaded Felver's home at 1510 Scott St. just after 2 a.m. June 14. The district attorney is not charging Felver with homicide as the shooting was... (GunPolicy.org)

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32888

United States

16 May 2010

Orange County Register (California), Column

One thing's for sure. No one was going to rob the Whole Foods Market in Tustin on Sunday afternoon. Between the fresh greens and the Asian foods, Phil Greubel had a .40-caliber semi-automatic pistol holstered to his belt. Vincent Burke decided what to have for lunch while packing a .40-caliber Glock. Over near the Greek salad, Gabriel Machan carried a 9 mm pistol on his hip. Then there was Brandon Stevens and his girlfriend, Chelley Smith, waiting amiably in line,... (GunPolicy.org)

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32693

United States

19 April 2010

Southern California Public Radio

Last month, security officers shot and killed a gunman who'd opened fire on them outside the Pentagon. The shooter — armed with two handguns — wounded two officers before they were able to stop him. The gunman was John Patrick Bedell — a former Irvine resident with a history of mental illness. That made it tougher for him to buy a gun — but not impossible. Look into Bedell's background and you'll find a former San Jose State engineering major, a skilled... (GunPolicy.org)

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32538

United States

31 March 2010

Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK — An east Arkansas city councilman pleaded guilty Tuesday to illegally possessing an unregistered machine gun, telling a federal judge that he had the weapon because he was working on it for the local police department. John Henry Parker pleaded guilty to one count of illegally possessing a Glock machine gun. As part of a plea deal, federal prosecutors dropped a charge of illegally possessing a Ruger .22-caliber rifle equipped with a silencer. Parker was... (GunPolicy.org)

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32473

Canada

21 March 2010

Toronto Observer

A Toronto man facing ten gun-related charges is appearing in a Scarborough court today for a bail hearing. The man was loitering in a park in the Markham Road and Lawrence Avenue area on March 18 when he was allegedly found to be in possession of a loaded Tech 9 machine pistol and 30 rounds of ammunition. He is also scheduled to appear in court March 25. Wariskhan Pathan, 18, was arrested March 18 on charges including possession of property obtained by crime, weapons... (GunPolicy.org)

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32385

United States

15 March 2010

Washington Post

One of the handguns that John Patrick Bedell used to shoot two Pentagon police officers this month was seized five years ago by a Tennessee police department that later traded the weapon to a licensed gun distributor in Georgia, law enforcement sources said Sunday. The Sturm, Ruger & Co. 9mm gun ended up with Bedell, 36, not long before he opened fire at the Pentagon's Metro entrance March 4, officials said. Law enforcement officials aren't sure how Bedell got the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32360

United States

14 March 2010

Associated Press

WASHINGTON - Two guns used in high-profile shootings this year at the Pentagon and a Las Vegas courthouse both came from the same unlikely place: the police and court system of Memphis, Tenn. Law enforcement officials told The Associated Press that both guns were once seized in criminal cases in Memphis. The officials described how the weapons made their separate ways from an evidence vault to gun dealers and to the shooters. The use of guns that once were in police... (GunPolicy.org)

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32341

Canada,United States

12 March 2010

Niagara Falls Review (Ontario)

The good news: Police took 30 guns off the streets. The bad: Some 50 more are still out there. This, after a "significant blow" was dealt to an alleged cross-border crime group that cooked up a specialty in moving legally bought guns from the United States to criminals in the Greater Toronto Area. "We are aware of approximately 80 guns that have come up from an individual in Kentucky," OPP Insp. Steve Clegg told reporters Thursday, a day after a joint-forces... (GunPolicy.org)

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32343

United States

19 February 2010

New York Times, Editorial

It looked like a casting call for a Sam Pekinpah shoot-'em-up: 100 or so gun enthusiasts showed up at the Buckhorn Grill in Walnut Creek, Calif., this month with revolvers strapped on their hips. "We're not politically involved," the restaurant manager declared as he agreed to serve the supporters of Open Carry, a group that goes around flaunting gun owners' right — under a benighted California law — to pack weapons in public. Four days later, the chief of the... (GunPolicy.org)

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32183

United States

29 December 2009

Miami News Times

Michael Beasley hobbled up the stairs leading to his second-floor apartment near the southern tip of Miami Beach. On the way home from Haulover Park, the 60-year-old Jacksonville native had purchased a couple of burgers for himself and his beloved green Amazon parrot, Seaweed. Then something startled Beasley. His front door had been pried open. Normally, Seaweed would squawk the greeting, "Hey, how ya doing?" But this time there was silence. Beasley, who walks with a... (GunPolicy.org)

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31787

United States

20 December 2009

Philadelphia Inquirer, Column

Reading my colleagues' recent investigation, "Justice: Delayed, Dismissed, Denied," you may have noticed a theme in the criminal cases that stall and die in Philadelphia's crazy court system: guns. Specifically, guns that their owners had no earthly right possessing, given their age or rap sheets. Today, I introduce you to a guy who put guns in criminals' hands. I'll call him "Jerome," because now that he's served 4½ years in federal prison, he's walking a straight... (GunPolicy.org)

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31687

Canada

10 December 2009

Metro (Canada), Opinion

This past weekend, groups across the country commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Montreal massacre. Families of the victims mourned their loss and recommitted to defending Canada's gun control law, which they called a monument to the memory of the victims. Twenty years ago, a man walked into l'Ecole Polytechnique, separated the men from the women and screaming — you are all a bunch of feminists — killed 14 young women and injured 13 others. His semi-automatic... (GunPolicy.org)

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31623

Canada

9 December 2009

CBC News (Canada)

Twenty years after the École Polytechnique massacre in Montreal, survivors, victims' families, police officers and others are fighting what they are calling a campaign of misinformation about the federal long-gun registry. The groups, which also included advocates working on suicide prevention, appealed to the public to support the existing registry in a news conference in Montreal Tuesday. A private member's bill that would eliminate the requirement to register... (GunPolicy.org)

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31600

Canada

6 December 2009

Canadian Press

MONTREAL — Nobody took Marc Lepine seriously at first, when he walked into a classroom at the Ecole polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989, and interrupted an engineering student's presentation on heat transfer. He stood there, in his threadbare parka, holding a 223-calibre Sturm-Ruger rifle. People stared, confused. One student asked him if he was playing a prank. "Everybody thought it was just a bad joke until he fired his weapon," Rolando Rifiorati said softly as he cast... (GunPolicy.org)

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31573

Canada

6 December 2009

Toronto Star (Ontario), Opinion

Twenty years ago today, an angry man walked into l'École Polytechnique in Montreal, separated the men from the women and screaming, "You are all a bunch of feminists!" killed 14 young female engineering students and injured 13 others. Many of us remember exactly where we were when we got the news. And exactly how we felt when we realized it could have been us or our daughters or our sisters. And we remember the outrage when we learned that military-style weapons were... (GunPolicy.org)

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31572

Canada

5 December 2009

Waterloo Record (Ontario), Opinion

It is nearly 20 years to the day that a man with a legally acquired rifle entered our school and shot 23 people, including me, Nathalie Provost. Several of our close friends were among the 14 young women who died on Dec. 6, 1989, at l'École Polytechnique in Montreal. Our crime? Most of the shooting victims were women who wanted to become engineers. And an angry man was able to easily get access to a lethal weapon. Twenty years after that fateful day we would like... (GunPolicy.org)

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31585

Canada

5 December 2009

Le Devoir (Quebec)

[Translated summary: Montreal school shooting massacre survivor and gun control campaigner Heidi Rathjen campaigns once again to retain the Canadian long gun registry.] OTTAWA — Circonstance étrange pour un anniversaire spécial. Le malaise? Le 20e du drame de Polytechnique survient au moment où le principal héritage de l'événement — le registre des armes à feu — joue sa survie politique à Ottawa. Et cette épée de Damoclès, Heidi Rathjen s'en serait... (GunPolicy.org)

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31577

Canada

4 December 2009

CTV News (Montreal)

It was a cold early December night. The memories, all these years later, remain as sickening as ever. It's not something you can forget, nor should you. Their only crime was that they were bright young women with futures so promising. They were our daughters, our sisters, our friends. They will never grow old, have families, become engineers. December 6, 1989 changed all that. 20 years later we have come far. The legacy of the murders of 14 young women has been tougher... (GunPolicy.org)

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31567

United States

28 November 2009

Guardian (UK)

In the distance, there is snow on the ridges of the Rocky Mountains, but down here in the plains of Colorado there is only dust and sweat. In a layby just south of Denver, Texas Marshal is standing in the sweltering heat preparing for the showdown. He tips back his black felt bronco hat, pulls out his .45 Colt revolver and gives the barrel a slow, deliberate spin. Five brass bullets sink into the chambers and the gun goes back in its holster, ready to draw, his hand... (GunPolicy.org)

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31534

United States

16 November 2009

Times (UK)

Smith & Wesson, the famed American gunmaker once owned by Tomkins, the British conglomerate, expects to nearly double its annual sales in the next three to five years as demand for its firearms soars in the recession. It is not alone. All over America demand for firearms and ammunition is rising amid concerns that rising unemployment, which passed 10 per cent this month, will lead inexorably to higher rates of crime. Fears of terrorism have also helped to lift demand,... (GunPolicy.org)

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31478

United States

10 November 2009

Motley Fool (USA) / MagicDiligence

Sturm, Ruger & Company (RGR) is a firearms manufacturer that makes and markets four different kinds of firearms: rifles, shotguns, pistols, and revolvers. The company also produces investment castings for third-party sale when there is excess capacity not needed for its own products. Products are sold mainly to independent wholesale distributors, who then resell to retailers primarily in hunting and sporting markets. Ruger is basically a U.S.-only company, with less... (GunPolicy.org)

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31453

United Kingdom,Northern Ireland,United States

9 November 2009

Reuters

Smith & Wesson Holding Corp (SWHC.O), known for its 157-year-old handguns business, expects to nearly double its annual sales in the next three to five years, the company said in a filing. The Springfield, Massachusetts-based company which forecast $650 million in yearly sales also expects gross margins of 35 to 36 percent by that time, boosted by its acquisition of privately held Universal Safety Response Inc (USR). It posted gross margins of 29.2 percent on sales of... (GunPolicy.org)

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31455

Canada

6 November 2009

Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

Canada's long-gun registry was a product of tragedy, a response to the massacre of 14 young women at Montreal's École Polytechnique on Dec. 6, 1989. A registry was a rational step toward trying to make sure that the country would never again experience mass murder. The Polytechnique killer, Marc Lépine, used a semi-automatic gun that allowed him to shoot 28 people in 22 minutes. Few Canadians in 1989 knew it was considered normal for someone to have unrestricted... (GunPolicy.org)

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31415

United States

3 November 2009

Washington Post

In a year of job losses, foreclosures and bag lunches, Americans have spent record-breaking amounts of money on guns and ammunition. The most obvious sign of their demand: empty ammunition shelves. At points during the past year, bullets have been selling faster than factories could make them. Gun owners have bought about 12 billion rounds of ammunition in the past year, industry officials estimate. That's up from 7 billion to 10 billion in a normal year. It has... (GunPolicy.org)

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31365

United States

24 October 2009

Chambersburg Public Opinion (Pennsylvania)

FORT LOUDON — The ATF is offering a $5,000 reward for information on guns stolen from Keystone Country Store in Fort Loudon. Pennsylvania State Police, Chambersburg, said someone broke into the store at 186 Path Valley Rd. around 4 a.m. Friday morning. In all, 16 handguns were stolen. A list provided by police included: - Smith & Wesson SW9VE 9 mm; 22A 22LR; and two 637 .38SP revolvers; - Ruger 05501 44 mag; 01701 .357 mag; and two 03305 9mm-X19 pistols; - Taurus... (GunPolicy.org)

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31313

United States

22 October 2009

New York Times

Cerberus plans to float the gun maker Freedom Group soon. It better hurry. President Obama's election victory sent weapon sales — and the valuations of firearms producers — higher. Falling backlogs hint that sales could plunge. This gun bubble may backfire. Two sparks set off this speculative burst. First, fears of economic calamity inspired sales of weapons. The assault-rifle-style autoload SR-556 is useful for shooting varmints and for "personal defense,"... (GunPolicy.org)

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31297

United States

7 October 2009

New York Times

In one video, a man trying to buy a gun at a gun show in Ohio tells the dealer that he probably couldn't pass a background check. The dealer, smiling, says that does not matter, "Because I wouldn't pass either, bud." In another video, this time at a gun show in Nashville, a man asks a female friend to buy a Glock handgun on his behalf, in what appears to be violation of federal law. Instead of asking the actual buyer to fill out the paperwork, the dealer, who is aware... (GunPolicy.org)

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31181

United States

27 September 2009

Washington Post

Like a lot of bachelors, Russ Castle often eats cereal for dinner, sitting in front of a TV in a sparsely decorated apartment. Such was the case late one night this week. Cream of Wheat, with a little milk. Unknown to the 37-year-old at the time, his next-door neighbor, Gaithersburg Assistant City Manager Fred Felton, was cleaning his Ruger .357 magnum, according to court records made public Thursday. "What the hell?" Castle shouted as a bullet from Felton's gun... (GunPolicy.org)

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31065

United States

21 September 2009

Wall Street Journal

While a remarkable surge that began late last year is starting to ease, Americans' demand for firearms and ammunition — driven largely by economic concerns and the fear of new regulations — remains brisk as double-digit sales increases continue to fill the financial coffers of gun and ammo makers alike. In August, the number of background checks performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Instant Criminal Background Check System was up 12.3% from the same... (GunPolicy.org)

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31084

Russia,United States

21 September 2009

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

For years, the AK-47 assault rifle has been the world's most popular weapon, the gun of choice for dictators, gang members and Third World revolutionaries. But the global recession and a proliferation of copycats has left the Russian maker of the Kalashnikov, OAO Izhmash, in financial turmoil. Monday, a court in Russia said it will consider a bankruptcy application filed against Izhmash by a supplier owed more than $13-million (U.S.). According to reports out of... (GunPolicy.org)

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30990

United States

16 September 2009

KPBS Public Radio (San Diego), Transcript

MAUREEN CAVANAUGH (Host): I'm Maureen Cavanaugh. You're listening to These Days on KPBS. The way you feel about the Open Carry movement kind of depends on how you feel about the guy next to you wearing a .44 Magnum or a Glock semi-automatic pistol on his belt. Some people feel comforted by the fact that law abiding people can legally carry unloaded weapons freely in San Diego. Others are not so crazy about the idea, especially considering that the gun wearers are... (GunPolicy.org)

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31004

United States

11 September 2009

Christian Science Monitor

ATLANTA — Many gun-loving Americans are convinced that President Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress are bent on ripping rifles from their "cold, dead hands," as actor Charlton Heston once declared at a National Rifle Association meeting. But from the perspective of police departments — not to mention gunmakers — the Obama administration may go down as one of the most gun-friendly in history. Across America, police departments are using the... (GunPolicy.org)

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30968

United States,Canada

24 August 2009

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The trail of guns led from Chicago to Guelph, where a year ago a coked-up man went berserk and fired shots into his neighbour's apartment and car. Then it continued to Ottawa, where a 26-year-old man was fatally shot after answering a knock on an apartment door just before Christmas. A month later, in Vaughan near Weston and Rutherford Rds., three residents were held hostage at gunpoint during a home invasion. Two men pleaded guilty to the crime last month. These... (GunPolicy.org)

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30797

United States

14 August 2009

Associated Press

NEW YORK — U.S. sales of handguns, which surged after Barack Obama won the presidential election, appear to be cooling off, a Wall Street analyst said Friday. The number of FBI background checks of potential buyers last month climbed 8 percent over the year-earlier level, marking a continued slowdown from April when the FBI recorded a 30 percent year-over-year increase in the number of checks, CL King analyst Jim Barrett said. May checks were up 18 percent and... (GunPolicy.org)

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30748

United States

10 August 2009

San Diego Union-Tribune (California)

SACRAMENTO — Two years after California passed a novel law requiring the next generation of semiautomatic handguns to leave a microscopic identifying code on shell casings, the controversial technology appears no closer to being introduced here or anywhere else. California Attorney General Jerry Brown has not certified the law, which is required before it can take effect as scheduled on Jan. 1, and his aides could not say when that may happen. Other states expected... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: San Diego Union-Tribune (California)

30713

Australia

28 July 2009

Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne)

A hero who rescued a child from a fatal blaze is facing gun possession charges. Simon Tanti, who saved a toddler in a house fire which claimed the lives of her two brothers, will go to trial next year. It was alleged in a Melbourne Magistrates' Court hearing that Mr Tanti — a former prison guard and licensed gun dealer — had sold 73 handguns on the black market. He could be the first licensed gun dealer to face such charges. Mr Tanti pleaded not guilty to four... (GunPolicy.org)

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30664

United States

18 July 2009

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)

FORT WORTH — Paul Smith loves guns, and he loves to collect them. Always working to update his collection, he took a Ruger .357 Magnum revolver and headed to a gun show last weekend, hoping to get $400 and find something better. "I like to trade and collect," said Smith, 68, a farmer from Loving who went to the Texas Gun & Knife Show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. What he doesn't like is a bill in Congress that he believes could curtail the way he expands his... (GunPolicy.org)

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30581

Canada,United States

15 July 2009

Victoria Times Colonist (British Columbia)

An American man was arrested and convicted of a weapon offence, after trying to smuggle a prohibited handgun into Canada. A couple from Florida were trying to cross the Canadian border after a trip on the Coho Ferry Monday morning when border services officers at the Belleville terminal became suspicious and searched their car. They found a Glock 9-millimetre handgun with laser sights in a small backpack behind the driver's seat. Also found was a box of ammunition in... (GunPolicy.org)

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30545

Canada,United States

15 July 2009

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

WINNIPEG — A young Winnipeg man attending a North Dakota college to play football has admitted to fuelling street crime in his home city by helping smuggle nearly two-dozen high-powered guns across the Canadian border in exchange for cash and drugs, according to court documents. Thomas Scher, 20, was sentenced in an American courtroom Monday to 366 days jail, in addition to three years of supervised probation, after pleading guilty to conspiracy to distribute a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

30539

El Salvador,Guatemala,Nicaragua,Central America

9 July 2009

Reuters

GENEVA — Some Central American countries are experiencing more gun killings now than during their civil wars and face serious security threats from firearms in civilian hands, the Small Arms Survey report released on Thursday showed. Armed robberies, extortions, kidnappings for ransom, organised riots and community violence threaten to destabilise post-conflict nations in Latin America, Asia and Africa where fighting has officially stopped, the annual publication... (GunPolicy.org)

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30498

United States

2 July 2009

Chicago Tribune, Opinion

"Pastor urges his flock to bring guns to church" - New York Times headline, June 26 Good morning and welcome to all of our parishioners. I see many familiar faces, but I am glad to say that I also see a number of new handguns, sidearms and semiautomatic weapons. Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. Seriously, though, I couldn't be happier with the turnout. At last count, we have 200 in the pews today and each and every one of you is armed, including the little... (GunPolicy.org)

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30446

United States

29 June 2009

New York Times

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Some of those seated in the pews of New Bethel Church here Saturday night, their firearms tucked to their sides, saw themselves as modern-day pioneers. "This country started by people gathering together in churches and complaining about taxation and about their current government, King George III, taking armaments that they had," said Chesley Kemp, 61, a family doctor with his Kimber .45 Auto at his side. Dr. Kemp said he had driven two hours... (GunPolicy.org)

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30420

United States

29 June 2009

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

A gun-buying boom in the United States, prompted by worries that the new administration might move to restrict firearms purchases, could be coming to an end. There has been a surge in firearm sales since Barack Obama was elected last fall, apparently buoyed by fears that the new President's administration would launch restrictive gun laws — unthinkable to millions of citizens in a country whose Constitution preserves the right to bear arms. The two publicly traded... (GunPolicy.org)

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30410

United States

25 June 2009

Business Week (USA), Book review

Lethal Logic: Exploding the Myths that Paralyze American Gun Policy By Dennis A. Henigan Potomac Books; 256 pp.; $29.95 Don't let the title fool you. Lethal Logic sounds like an anti-gun polemic, the latest shot in America's endless battle over the right to pack heat. It is, in part, but the book offers much more. Read from a business perspective, it dissects the marketing genius of an industry that moves merchandise despite a saturated market and broad support for... (GunPolicy.org)

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30450

United States

23 June 2009

San Jose Mercury News (California), Column

Since the beginning of the year, the country's largest publicly traded gunmakers have seen their shares take incredible upward trajectories, thanks to a rush of post-election fear mongering. The stock of Smith & Wesson, the 157-year-old gunmaker, has nearly tripled, from $2 to more than $6 before trading Monday, while stock of Sturm, Ruger & Co., maker of the "Ruger," has doubled, from just over $6 to $12.35 in the same six-month period. If you haven't been shopping... (GunPolicy.org)

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30354

United States

22 June 2009

Associated Press

NEW YORK — Shares of the nation's major firearms makers fell Monday on analyst concerns that the postelection surge in hand gun sales may be coming to an end. Both Sturm Ruger & Co. Inc. and Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. declined following an article in the business publication Barron's, which suggested that the companies could see slowing consumer demand for their firearms. The news dragged stocks lower, but it wasn't completely unexpected, said Cai von Rumohr, an... (GunPolicy.org)

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30361

United States

18 May 2009

Christian Science Monitor

PHOENIX — When Kirby Warner, a trusty Ruger pistol strapped to his hip, sat around and shot the breeze with his fellow gun owners here at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting this weekend, they weren't just chatting calibers and cartridges. Nor did they stop at other tried and trusted fare, such as President Obama and gun control. This year, taxes, bailouts, and the general direction of the country was all on the docket. He remembers reading a sign at one... (GunPolicy.org)

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30089

Canada

6 May 2009

Kingston Whig-Standard (Ontario)

A 65-year-old gun collector, whose illegal outing with several of his weapons last month had Ontario Provincial Police scrambling to detour traffic away from a section of Highway 7 near Sharbot Lake, has been released from custody. Raymond A. Fletcher was sentenced to time served after pleading guilty in Kingston's Ontario Court of Justice to unsafe use of a firearm, unauthorized transportation of a loaded Ruger handgun and illegal possession of a loaded restricted... (GunPolicy.org)

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29996

United States

3 April 2009

ABC News (USA)

In Binghamton, N.Y., and across the country, firearms sales have been among the few bright spots within the recession-battered economy. But the shooting that took the lives of 14 people — including the gunman himself — at a Binghamton civic center today is adding fresh fuel to the fiery debate between those calling for more gun regulations and those who argue that today's gun laws are tough enough. Watch a special edition of "20/20" on guns in America anchored... (GunPolicy.org)

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29712

Canada

1 April 2009

Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba), Opinion

The Conservatives, the party of law and order, appear on a collision course with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. Saskatchewan MP Garry Breitkreuz (Yorkton-Melville), a fervent opponent of the gun registry, has introduced a private member's bill that launches the most sweeping attack on Canadian gun control since its inception. Bill C-301 not only has the full backing of the Conservative caucus, but also from Prime Minister Stephen Harper. If just 11... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Winnipeg Free Press (Manitoba)

29685

United States

28 March 2009

SunCoast News (Florida)

Gun sales have risen dramatically. More than 600,000 Floridians are licensed to carry guns and they still are applying in record numbers. A backlog in applications for firearm permits has caused the state to hire extra personnel to process the logjam in Tallahassee, says Rob Shewmake. The Holiday man wants to ensure these applicants are properly trained in handling weapons. He, along with partners John Potter of Dunedin and Danny Riese of Palm Harbor, own the... (GunPolicy.org)

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29659

United States

28 March 2009

Free Lance-Star (Virginia)

President Barack Obama has stimulated at least one part of the economy: gun sales. Fears that he and Democratic congressional leaders will outlaw or restrict guns and ammunition, along with worries about the economy, have helped spur a hefty increase in sales of guns and ammunition. Sturm, Ruger and Co. reported a $48 million backlog in orders as of Dec. 31, and a 42 percent increase in sales in 2008. Smith and Wesson earlier this month reported a 45 percent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Free Lance-Star (Virginia)

29657

Australia

21 March 2009

Sunday Times (Australia)

Police will audit every firearms dealer in WA as part of a crackdown on the gun trade amid concerns of a burgeoning black market. Detectives from the Licensing Crime Squad have launched the investigation to uncover illegal firearms and bolster compliance by dealers. The move comes as charges were this week laid against the owner of a Karratha business, from which a 14-year-old boy allegedly stole two high-powered guns, ammunition and a cache of knives, before taking... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sunday Times (Australia)

29612

United States

19 March 2009

Reuters / Great Debate, Opinion

In the first two months of this year, around 2.5 million Americans bought guns, a 26 percent increase over the same period in 2008. It was great news for gun makers and a sign of a dark mood in the country. Gun sales shot up almost immediately after Barack Obama won the U.S. presidential elections on November 4 and firearm enthusiasts rushed to stores, fearing he would tighten gun controls despite campaign pledges to the contrary. After the November spike, gun dealers... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 March 2009

Daily Finance / AOL (USA), Web page

Wall Street pundits often talk about the resiliency of stocks such as McDonald's Corp. (MCD) and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT). Shares of Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger & Co. (RGR), the two publicly traded gunmakers, have vastly outperformed them both. Smith & Wesson, one of the iconic names in American weapons making, is up more than 112 percent this year in the wake of its recent strong earnings report. Strum, Ruger, maker of Ruger firearms, is up... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

14 March 2009

Telegraph (UK)

MIAMI — A pledge by US President Barack Obama to tighten gun control laws has led to firearms sales soaring across America. Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with demand, and many gun shops running low on stock as the US public buys weapons in anticipation of tighter controls. On the campaign trail last year Mr Obama proposed restoring a Clinton-era ban on several types of military-style semi-automatic rifles and high-capacity magazines, as well as background... (GunPolicy.org)

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Australia

12 March 2009

Sydney Morning Herald

Two boys have smuggled an arsenal of weapons and ammunition through two states in one of Australia's most serious breaches of airport security. The boys, aged 14 and 11, packed stolen pistols, knives and 3000 rounds of ammunition in their check-in luggage on a Qantas flight from Karratha to Perth on Monday night, The West Australian reports. They then boarded a Jetstar flight to Cairns where they were arrested on Tuesday morning, the paper said. The 14-year-old, who... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 March 2009

LewRockwell.com (USA), Web page

Since Obama's victory in November, Smith and Wesson and Ruger, the only two publically traded US gun makers, have experienced major increases in their stock prices. Ammo manufacturers are running 24/7 attempting to keep up with demand. Military-pattern semi-automatic rifles, including AR-15's and AK-clones are expensive, stocked-out, or both. Are these price increases "gouging," as some would say, or are they a natural response to the forces of supply and demand? If... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

5 March 2009

Omaha World-Herald

Sgt. Tim Mechaley trained fellow Marines to fire .50-caliber machine guns. He qualified as a marksman. He fought in the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, and received a combat medal with a "V" for valor. Back home, he uses a rifle for target shooting. Yet, when Mechaley sought to buy a 9-mm Ruger pistol for protection at his midtown apartment, the Omaha Police Department rejected his application for a gun permit. "I was trusted by the [federal] government to carry a loaded... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States,Afghanistan,Albania

18 February 2009

Details / GQ (USA)

On the afternoon of May 16, 2007, an Ilyushin Il-76 cargo plane rumbled down the tarmac at Burgas Airport in eastern Bulgaria, its hold packed with 110,000 grenades bound for Kabul, Afghanistan. The aircraft lifted off, climbed above the rolling farmlands to the west and the Black Sea to the east, and headed toward war. Half a world away, on the first floor of a sun-dappled office building amid the palm trees of Miami Beach, Florida, a 21-year-old high-school dropout... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

13 January 2009

Medill Reports, Northwestern University (Illinois), Web Page

The Indiana Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will allow the City of Gary's lawsuit against sixteen gun manufacturers and six gun dealers to go to trial in the Superior Court of Lake County. The Indiana Court of Appeals had held in October 2007 that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act does not protect gun manufacturers from knowingly violating Indiana's public nuisance law. The gun manufacturers' appeal of this decision was denied by the state Supreme... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Medill Reports, Northwestern University (Illinois)

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United States

8 January 2009

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript (New Hampshire)

NEW IPSWICH — Two men were arrested in their Manchester home Monday afternoon by the FBI Safe Streets Task Force and the Manchester Police Department's SWAT team on charges of stealing 73 firearms from a New Ipswich gun dealer. Jason Bond, 21, and Jamie Hyrcuna, 36, both of 599 Union Street in Manchester, were arraigned at the U.S. District Court in Concord, on Tuesday afternoon, where they were charged with conspiracy and theft of firearms from Eric Manna, a... (GunPolicy.org)

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Fiji

29 December 2008

Fiji Times

Police are waiting on a report from the military to determine if the gun that was sold to a businessman belongs to the army. The businessman bought a Ruger Mark 2 Pistol on the street from a youth for close to $200 and last week dropped it with police. Assistant director operations, SSP Erami Raibe confirmed the military have possession of the gun. SSP Raibe said two people were been questioned in relation to the matter but declined to say if they were suspected... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Fiji Times

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Fiji

28 December 2008

Radio New Zealand International (Shortwave)

Police in Fiji say they are are following some strong leads in the hunt for a man who allegedly sold a gun to the owner of Lokia Shopping Centre in Suva. A police spokesperson Atunaisa Sokomuri said they have interviewed and released the businessman and are now working on information to apprehend the man who sold the gun. He added the gun is now in the custody of the police armory. Mr Sokomuri said the gun was brought in by the shopkeeper after he bought it on the... (GunPolicy.org)

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India

7 December 2008

Sunday Economic Times (India)

NEW DELHI — The gruesome images of gunmen roaming the streets of Mumbai with submachine guns and spraying bullets on innocent people have evoked the most basic instinct in the people of our cities — that of primal fear. Perhaps no wonder then that the doyen of Bollywood Amitabh Bachchan is now sleeping with a gun under his pillow and created quite a stir at Mumbai airport yesterday when he tried to board a domestic flight with a gun in his hand baggage. And like Big... (GunPolicy.org)

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Mexico,United States

27 November 2008

Federal Government, United States of Mexico, Fact Sheet

How does arms trafficking operate in Mexico? According to the legal definition, arms trafficking consists of illegally bringing into the country weapons, ammunition, cartridges, explosives or materials that are reserved exclusively for use by the Army, Navy or Air Force, or that are subject to controls. This regulation is explicit in article 84 of the Federal Firearms and Explosives Act (Ley Federal de Armas de Fuego y Explosivos). Based on investigations carried out... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

17 November 2008

Boston Herald / AP

FAYETTEVILLE, North Carolina — Fear brought Joseph Cannon to Jim's Gun Jobbery on a recent Wednesday. But the 53-year-old retired Special Forces soldier isn't afraid for his safety. He's worried that soon after Jan. 20 — when Barack Obama takes the presidential oath of office — he won't be able to buy the gun he wants. The Fayetteville Observer reported that Cannon, who served on a marksmanship unit during his 20-year Army career, was out of luck in his search... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Boston Herald / AP

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United States

16 November 2008

Sunday Paper (Atlanta)

Last summer, not long after Democratic presidential primary candidate Hillary Clinton told the people of Scranton, Pa., about how she'd learned to shoot at her family's cottage, while her opponent Barack Obama was counting up his likely electoral college votes and Republican John McCain was talking about buying insurance across state lines, the U.S. Supreme Court quietly issued an interpretation of the Second Amendment that firmly protects the rights of individual... (GunPolicy.org)

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Samoa,American Samoa

13 November 2008

Samoa News (Pago Pago)

Police investigator John Cendroswki testified yesterday in Apia before the Samoa government's Commission of Inquiry into the alleged smuggling of firearms from American Samoa to Samoa. What the five-member Commission decides over the next several days will determine if the Commissioner of Police, Papali'I Lorenese Neru, is guilty or not guilty of anything illegal in the way the guns were brought into the country, reports Samoalive. The legality or illegality of guns... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Samoa News (Pago Pago)

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United States

22 September 2008

ABC News (Australia) / AM, Transcript

The US state of Ohio has predicted the outcome of nearly every presidential election in the last century. And with just 44 days until the election, Ohio remains the ultimate bellwether when it comes to American politics. Opinion polls show the race in Ohio is very close, with some putting Republican John McCain in the lead and others showing Democrat Barack Obama out in front. The economy is the number one issue with voters in Ohio, but some businesses are still... (GunPolicy.org)

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Netherlands,Ireland,United Kingdom

5 September 2008

Independent (Dublin)

A major supply line used by Ireland's most dangerous criminal gangs to import deadly weapons has been smashed, it emerged last night. Dutch police swooped to seize 181 high-powered firearms at an illegal gun wholesaler in Amsterdam as part of an international investigation involving gardai and the PSNI. The wholesaler is believed to have been the source of the mini-arsenal of 41 guns seized by gardai and PSNI officers on both sides of the border on Tuesday afternoon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent (Dublin)

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Canada

5 September 2008

Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

Designating the type of semiautomatic rifle Kimveer Gill used in the Dawson College shooting as a prohibited weapon would require very little effort from the federal government, Bloc Québécois MP Serge Ménard says. Gill fired 72 shots from a CX4 Storm semiautomatic rifle, made by Beretta, during his Sept. 13, 2006 rampage, which left an 18-year-old student dead. In his report on the shooting, provincial coroner Jacques Ramsay calls on the federal public safety... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

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United States

29 August 2008

National Post (Toronto)

The long, low halls of Columbine High School are lined with blue lockers and crimson history, decked with hand-drawn posters for Bible Study and the Knitting Club, cruised by laughing teens in Hollister and Aeropostale, then eerily silent when the classroom doors swing closed. We are nine years removed from the mass murder-suicide that happened here, and 10 miles south of a national political gathering at which the quieting of America's guns has never been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: National Post (Toronto)

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United States

30 July 2008

Associated Press

PRESCOTT, Arizona — The smallest gun Sturm Ruger & Co. manufactures is responsible for the biggest product launch the company has ever seen. The .380-caliber Lightweight Compact Pistol, or LCP, is a shot in the arm for the company. Production manager James D. Elliott, said consumer demand has blown a hole through the company's projected sales figures. "We get calls every day from customers wanting to know how to get one," he said. "It's in great demand right now... (GunPolicy.org)

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Canada

12 July 2008

Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

The Crown has decided not to appeal the jury verdict that acquitted Brossard resident Basil Parasiris of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laval police officer Daniel Tessier. The branch of the provincial Justice Department that handles prosecutions had until Monday to decide whether to appeal the verdict, delivered at a trial in Longueuil on June 13. Instead, it issued a short news release yesterday stating that a committee, made up of prosecutors came to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Montreal Gazette (Quebec)

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United States,Canada

11 July 2008

London Free Press (Ontario)

London police seized four illegal handguns, two of them loaded, and a stun gun during a swoopdown on two homes. One gun was originally owned by a Texas police force. Bullets and a small amount of marijuana were also seized. "Anywhere you'll find guns, you'll find drugs," said Const. Amy Phillipo. Officers with Project Disarm, a task force to take illegal guns off the streets, searched a house on Chelton Road in the Summerside area and one on Mendip Crescent in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: London Free Press (Ontario)

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United States

27 June 2008

Salon (USA), Web Page

WASHINGTON — "God, gays and guns" have been pretty good to Republicans over the last few campaigns. The Karl Rove playbook says not to worry if the war in Iraq has been a disaster or the economy is tanking — just fire away at your opponent's liberal views on a few wedge issues and then waltz your way into Washington. To listen to John McCain's campaign, Thursday's 5-to-4 landmark Supreme Court ruling overturning a law banning handguns in Washington, D.C., played... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Salon (USA)

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United States

26 June 2008

Bloomberg (USA)

A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled for the first time that the Constitution protects individual gun rights, striking down the District of Columbia's handgun ban and raising questions about weapons restrictions elsewhere. The 5-4 ruling resolves a constitutional question that had lurked for two centuries: whether the Second Amendment covers people who aren't affiliated with a state-run militia. "The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain... (GunPolicy.org)

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27486

United States

26 June 2008

Boston Globe / AP

HARTFORD, Connecticut — New England's prominent gun makers said Thursday's landmark Supreme Court ruling that affirms the right to keep guns at home for self-defense is a moral victory for their beleaguered industry and law-abiding gun owners. The 5-4 ruling affirms gun ownership at home as an individual right for self-defense. It overturned a 32-year-old ban in the District of Columbia, letting governments continue to set rules for gun ownership but striking down... (GunPolicy.org)

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United States

15 June 2008

Globe & Mail (Toronto)

Awakened before dawn by police officers who battered down the door to his home, Basil Parasiris said he acted in self-defence when he shot at a stranger at his bedroom door. A jury agreed yesterday, acquitting the Montreal-area businessman of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Constable Daniel Tessier, a father of two. The verdict was the latest slap in this case for the Laval police. The trial had revealed that the force's search warrant relied on dubious... (GunPolicy.org)

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