Find Gun Policy Facts

Armed violence prevention, gun control laws and the small arms trade:

Switch Language

Gun Policy News

Firearms on campus; guns, students and teachers

United States

13 April 2014

Telegraph (UK)

The song blasts from two speakers placed either side of a beige canopy: "Guns, whether Remingtons and Glocks / Come on man it ain't like I'm a slingin' 'em on the block / I'm gonna tell you once, and listen son / As long as I'm alive and breathing, You won't take my guns." Under the canopy is a table full of T-shirts and baseball caps embossed with the words "Open Carry Texas". And gathered around that are a handful of people with AK-47 or AR-15 semi-automatic rifles... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Telegraph (UK)

38565

United States,Italy,United Kingdom,Japan,South Korea,Bahrain,Germany

9 April 2014

Stars and Stripes (USA)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Strict gun laws in foreign countries mean many in America's overseas military communities feel safer than they would at home, although they're divided over whether tougher rules would reduce gun violence in the U.S. "For the most part, I feel safer over here because we're not allowed to bring guns," Sgt. Roseann Baena, a 26-year-old soldier assigned to Europe Regional Dental Command in Sembach, Germany, said Tuesday. Her comment was typical... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stars and Stripes (USA)

38545

Latvia,European Union,Slovenia,Ireland,Hungary,Finland,Estonia,El Salvador,Denmark,Malta,Croatia,Bulgaria,Spain,France,Romania,Germany,Slovakia,United Kingdom,Italy

2 April 2014

Associated Press

UNITED NATIONS — Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade on Wednesday, giving a significant boost to the campaign for the treaty's entry into force. The ambassadors of the 18 countries handed over the documents at a U.N. ceremony on the first anniversary of the General Assembly's adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, which is aimed at stemming the global... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press

38525

United States

27 March 2014

Los Angeles Times, Editorial

Fifteen months ago, as the nation recoiled in horror from the massacre of 20 children and six adults by a mentally ill man armed with three semiautomatic weapons, there were firm proclamations that this time would be different. The violence at that Newtown, Conn., elementary school, it was said, would finally lead the nation to come together and embrace some reasonable gun control laws. Well, that didn't last long. If anything, the national gun frenzy, fueled by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

38509

United States

27 March 2014

Guardian (UK)

A new Georgia gun law will extend the state's stand-your-ground legislation to protect convicted felons who kill using illegal guns, under what one criminal law expert calls a "recipe for unnecessary killing". The bill, called HS60, was passed by the state legislature last week and is now awaiting governor Nathan Deal's signature. It was promoted by state Republicans for offering greater protection to law-abiding citizens. But lawyers, the state association of chiefs... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38508

United States

23 March 2014

MSNBC News (USA)

The Georgia House passed a sweeping gun bill late Thursday night that allows firearms in bars, nightclubs, school classrooms and certain government buildings that lack security personnel or devices. Lawmakers moved the bill through the House during the last hour of the night on Thursday, meeting their midnight deadline before the end of the current legislative session. If signed by the state's governor, the law will give religious leaders the option to "opt-in" to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MSNBC News (USA)

38492

United States

21 March 2014

Talking Points Memo (USA)

With the White House and Senate Democrats in retreat, the National Rifle Association is winning its battle to scuttle President Barack Obama's nominee for surgeon general, but the group is escalating its war against him anyway. The gun industry lobby issued a "special alert" to members on Wednesday with a call to action in bright red: "Please call your U.S. Senators and Ask Them to Oppose the Confirmation of Vivek Murthy for U.S. Surgeon General." The group provided a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Talking Points Memo (USA)

38491

United States

18 March 2014

New York Daily News, Opinion

The latest casualty of the National Rifle Association's wag-the-dog sway over Washington politics is Dr. Vivek Murthy, President Obama's choice to be surgeon general. He's a brilliant young Harvard- and Yale-educated physician and instructor at Harvard Medical School who has founded both a tech pharmaceutical startup and a charity focused on HIV education in his parents' home country of India. Among the many groups endorsing Murthy for the post are the American Cancer... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Daily News

38481

United States

18 March 2014

Washington Post, Editorial

The National Rifle Association calls it "the most comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation in recent state history." That's true, sad to say. After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, gun-control advocates thought reasonable firearm restrictions might have a chance at enactment. They scored a notable victory in Colorado but mostly failed elsewhere and on the national level. Now the old political calculus seems to be back at work: The momentum... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38475

Italy

18 March 2014

Local (Italy)

The killing of a three-year-old toddler along with two adults in an apparent fight for territory in a violent drug war has sparked reactions of horror in Italy. The victims - a convicted murderer on day release from prison, his partner and her young son - were killed in southern Italy late on Monday after the car they were travelling in was forced off the road by gunmen in a second car, who then fired more than 15 bullets through the windscreen. Investigators said the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

38473

United States

17 March 2014

New York Times, Editorial

The National Rifle Association has mounted an outrageous campaign to torpedo President Obama's nomination of an outstanding young doctor to be the next surgeon general of the United States because of his attitudes on gun control. The sad part is, the campaign is causing some nervous Democrats whose votes may be needed for Senate confirmation to consider breaking with the president to bolster their own chances for re-election in states where the gun lobby is... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38478

Russia,United States

11 March 2014

Washington Examiner

American gun owners are gobbling up cheap Russian ammunition in huge quantities, worried that President Obama's tussle with Vladimir Putin over Moscow's grab for Crimea will result in new trade sanctions cutting off imports of bullets. "We've seen an ammo-hoarding effect," said Larry Hyatt, owner of Hyatt Gun Shop in Charlotte, N.C., one of the nation's biggest gun stores. "It's almost like milk and bread when it gets ready to snow: It's just a mass of people running... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Examiner

38450

United States

6 March 2014

Atlantic (USA)

It was after midnight on February 15. Valentine's Day had ended, but there were still roses in the gift shop when two men hobbled into Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph in Wichita, Kansas, each with a bullet wound in the thigh. One of them explained to police that he had a concealed-carry handgun license, and that he'd been drinking at the Shot Time II bar when he'd accidentally fired a bullet through his own leg and into the leg of the man sitting next to him. Kansas... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Atlantic (USA)

38442

United States

5 March 2014

CBS News (USA)

After a campaign by gun control advocates to address concerns of firearm-related commercial activity on Facebook, the company today announced a series of "educational and enforcement" measures regarding discussion of guns and other regulated items on its social networks. The changes, which also apply to Facebook-owned Instagram, include new age limits for posts or pages promoting private sales of restricted items like firearms, alcohol or adult products. There's new... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CBS News (USA)

38437

United States

4 March 2014

Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama returned to the subject of mass shootings on Tuesday by proposing to spend millions of dollars more on gun safety programs, inspections of retailers and background checks for people buying firearms. If enacted by a U.S. Congress that has been wary of gun control measures, the $182 million package would advance an issue that rose to the top of the national agenda after the December 2012 shooting of 20 children and six adults at a Newtown,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

38433

United States

3 March 2014

USA Today

LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — In an effort its spokesman has described as "outreach to rednecks," the Kentucky Baptist Convention is leading "Second Amendment Celebrations," where churches around the state give away guns as door prizes to lure in the unchurched in hopes of converting them to Christ. As many as 1,000 people are expected at the next one, on Thursday at Lone Oak Baptist Church in Paducah, where they will be given a free steak dinner and the chance to win one... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

38426

Kenya

1 March 2014

Standard (Nairobi)

Kajiado, Kenya - Police are holding two school boys after a gun was allegedly recovered inside a schoolbag belonging to one of the boys. The two Form Four students at Ololua Secondary School were arrested on Friday by police after a teacher discovered the firearm inside the student'€™s school bag. According to Ngong Police boss Farah Mohamed, one of the boys arrived at the school late and was questioned by his teacher. The teacher who realised the student was a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Standard (Nairobi)

38436

United States

28 February 2014

Christian Science Monitor

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. And again. And again. That appears to be the mantra of proponents of federal gun control legislation, who arrived on Capitol Hill Friday with new ammunition for their fight. Though they were turned back last year on the issue of universal background checks, and neither the House nor the Senate has plans to revisit that issue, gun-control advocates came to Capitol Hill bearing … statistics. Assessing 20 years of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Christian Science Monitor

38420

United Kingdom,United States

27 February 2014

New York Times, Opinion

BOISE, Idaho — To the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature: In light of the bill permitting guns on our state's college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student? I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38418

United States

25 February 2014

MSNBC News (USA)

Smart guns similar to James Bond's pistol are marching closer to reality as manufacturers expect to continue testing prototypes throughout 2014 and a few politicians push for new technology to make firearms safer. Manufacturers design "smart" guns, also referred to as "personalized" or "owner-authorized" firearms, to prevent intentional and unintentional shootings by children and other unauthorized users. The idea of incorporating technology into guns took hold during... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: MSNBC News (USA)

38407

United States

23 February 2014

Voice of Russia (Moscow)

Gun control activists in the United States have shamed the Visa digital payments giant for helping the National Rifle Association (NRA) boost gun sales thanks to non-cash payments with the NRA's special VISA cards. The so-called "Second Amendment" cards are part the NRA's efforts to prop up the constitutional amendment that grants individuals the right to keep and bear arms. They offer $35 bonuses and no annual fees and have enabled the NRA to add $20 million to its... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Voice of Russia (Moscow)

38396

United States

19 February 2014

Daily Mail (UK) / Reuters

Georgia lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow bars and churches to decide for themselves whether to let gun owners carry weapons into their buildings. The measure heads for the state Senate after the members of Georgia's House of Representatives approved the legislation with a 119-56 vote, according to the chamber's Twitter account. The rights of gun owners became a major political issue in 2012, when the United States experienced a rash of mass shootings, including a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Daily Mail (UK) / Reuters

38381

United States

14 February 2014

CNN

Sales of guns and ammo are losing steam after a frenzied run-up sparked by fears of greater restrictions in the wake of the Newtown shooting and other massacres. Background checks by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, considered to be the most accurate means of tracking gun sales, plunged by a third in January compared to the year before. There were about 1.66 million background checks last month, and nearly 2.5 million in January the year before. In the past two... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

38368

United States

13 February 2014

Washington Post, Blog

There have been at least 44 school shootings on K-12 or college campuses in 24 states — an average of more than three a month — since the deadly 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., according to a new analysis. Twenty-eight people have died and 37 have been injured. Twenty children and six adults working at Sandy Hook were killed in the December 2012 assault in Newtown, leading to renewed calls around the nation for Congress to take action... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38366

United States

13 February 2014

Huffington Post (USA)

It was National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre who famously intoned that "the guys with the guns make the rules" during the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference. I don't think I had ever fully understood the sheer arrogance and hypocrisy behind this belief, however, until pro-gun activists brought it into sharp relief for me recently. Late last month, the president of the radical pro-gun group Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), Philip Van... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

38364

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

Russia

4 February 2014

Bloomberg (USA)

Russians had considered their country immune to the kind of school violence that the U.S. has suffered in incidents such as the Sandy Hook Elementary shootings and the Columbine High School massacre. Now, 15-year-old Sergei Gordeyev has disabused them of that notion, killing a teacher and a cop at his school in northern Moscow. News of the shooting, which occurred around midday Monday, immediately prompted comparisons to the U.S. "Have we caught the American disease?"... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Bloomberg (USA)

38334

United States

30 January 2014

Wall Street Journal, Blog

A federal judge has upheld Connecticut's ban on many semi-automatic weapons as constitutional, a win for gun-control advocates who pushed for tighter firearm restrictions following the 2012 school shooting in Newtown, Conn. U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello in Hartford ruled that Connecticut's 2013 prohibition, which expanded the definition of "assault weapon" under a 1993 law, does not violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The law currently... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Wall Street Journal

38326

Venezuela

28 January 2014

InSight Crime (Bogota)

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has announced the creation of "peace zones" and his justice minister said the government should consider stricter gun control, a piecemeal approach in the face of rampant violence. According to El Universal, Maduro said the zones will be enforced through participation from state institutions and citizens, and will be implemented in "public spaces," highways, hospitals, schools and universities. "We have to create a system of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InSight Crime (Bogota)

38318

United States

26 January 2014

Reuters

A gunman who shot and killed two people at a Maryland mall was a 19-year-old who lived with his mother in a nearby Washington suburb and arrived at the shopping center in a taxi about an hour before opening fire, police said on Sunday. But a day after Saturday's shootings, police could provide no immediate insight into why Darion Marcus Aguilar killed a young man and a young woman at the mall in Columbia, Maryland, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Baltimore, before... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

38309

United Kingdom

24 January 2014

Guardian (UK)

Nigel Farage has called for firearm laws to be relaxed, calling the current ban on handguns "ludicrous". The Ukip leader criticised the "kneejerk" restrictions on handguns imposed after the 1996 Dunblane massacre in which Thomas Hamilton killed 16 schoolchildren and a teacher before shooting himself. The laws were brought in by Sir John Major, the then Tory prime minister, and extended to a total ban by Tony Blair's Labour government in 1997. Asked about gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38307

United States

9 January 2014

JC Online (Indiana) / USA Today

CHICAGO - Illinois is now the last state in the U.S. to allow average citizens to carry around concealed firearms. On Sunday, it joined a two-decade long parade of jurisdictions ranging from Arizona to Vermont that have loosened their gun laws at the same time violent crime rates were dropping across the country. "For years, we heard from gun control groups that concealed-carry laws would result in an increase in crime," said Larry Keane, general counsel for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: JC Online (Indiana) / USA Today

38256

United States

8 January 2014

Nature

In many pictures of her online, Kayla Bourque looks like a typical college student: there are selfies of her on a coastal holiday, or smirking mischievously after an experiment in hair colour. But in 2012, Bourque, then a criminology student at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, told a classmate that she fantasized about killing a homeless person and that she was studying forensics so that she could get away with it. She also talked about killing her family... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Nature

38249

United States

3 January 2014

Reuters

The Obama administration on Friday proposed two new gun control regulations aimed at clarifying restrictions on gun ownership for the mentally ill and strengthening a database used for background checks before firearm purchases. The measures are the latest step in a year-long push by President Barack Obama to tighten U.S. gun laws in the wake of a school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children were killed. Obama tried last year to bring in sweeping new gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

38233

United States

22 December 2013

al Jazeera

In the United States, the pendulum swings wide bearing the weight of a gun. Just one year ago, the nation found itself grappling with fresh grief following a mass shooting in which a gunman killed 20 children and six teachers in Newtown, Conn. It was another stroke in the drumbeat of tragedy ingraining a national vernacular centered on dateline — Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora. All were places where the semi-automatic weapon's innate purpose to briskly slaughter... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

38210

United States

16 December 2013

Republic (Indiana)

WASHINGTON — The FBI says it has helped to disrupt or prevent nearly 150 shootings and violent attacks this year, in part by steering potential gunmen toward mental health professionals. It's an achievement that stands out during a year when President Barack Obama made curbing gun violence a priority, yet has had little success in getting new restrictions enacted. There have been hundreds of these disruptions since 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder recently told an... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Republic (Indiana)

38191

United States

12 December 2013

Reuters

Thousands of guns are being offered for sale illegally by unlicensed firearms dealers on a single U.S. website, according to a report released on Thursday by a group of U.S. mayors campaigning for gun control. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, founded and largely funded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, examined sales on Armslist.com, a major gun-trading website that enables sales in all 50 states, over an eight-week period this year. It said nearly a third of the ads... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

38181

United States

12 December 2013

Mother Jones (USA)

An unthinkable massacre ignites an intense national debate. Then, Congress does nothing. The powerful gun lobby wins again. End of story. [Interactive charts of US state gun laws are displayed in the original] So went the popular narrative last spring with the collapse of gun control legislation on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, scores of people have been wounded or killed in five new mass shootings and other gun rampages around the country, and an estimated 30,000 have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Mother Jones (USA)

38177

United States

12 December 2013

Washington Post

DENVER — In Colorado, a state scarred by two mass shootings, Democrats passed some of the nation's toughest gun legislation this year. Gun rights supporters responded by recalling two state senators who had championed the bills. Now gun-control advocates are plotting their revenge. Inside a hotel conference room here this week, 60 activists spent a day strategizing to defend the remaining legislators who voted for the measures and protect them from repeal efforts.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38176

Australia,United States

12 December 2013

Sydney Morning Herald

As America prepares to mark the first anniversary of the murder of 20 children and six staff at the Sandy Hook elementary school, Australia has again become a focus of the increasingly bitter debate over gun control in the United States. At issue for activists on both sides is the decision by former prime minister John Howard to ban a range of gun types in Australia following the Port Arthur massacre, in particular semi-automatic rifles. To gun control advocates in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

38170

United States

11 December 2013

Washington Post, Blog

This Saturday marks the one-year anniversary of the massacre at Newtown, Conn.'s Sandy Hook Elementary School. Twenty children, six staff members, shooter Adam Lanza and his mother all died that day. The killings reinvigorated both sides of the gun-control debate, but gun rights advocates maintained the edge they've had for years. [Interactive charts of US state gun laws and lobbying are displayed in the original] An impressive (roughly) 1,500 state gun bills have... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

38173

United States

10 December 2013

New York Times, Web page

In the 12 months since the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., almost every state has enacted at least one new gun law. Nearly two-thirds of the new laws ease restrictions and expand the rights of gun owners. Most of those bills were approved in states controlled by Republicans. Those who support stricter regulations won some victories — mostly in states where the legislature and governorship are controlled by Democrats — to increase... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

38171

United States

9 December 2013

Reuters

In the year since the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, efforts to pass gun legislation have stalled in the U.S. Congress but shifted to the states, helped by the deep pockets of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. In scores of statehouse battles, both gun-control and gun-rights advocates have notched wins since a mentally unstable gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School on December... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

38161

United States

4 December 2013

CNN, Blog

WASHINGTON - As memories fade from last December's horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, a new national poll indicates that support for stricter gun control laws appears to be fading, too. According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, 49% of Americans say they support stricter gun control laws, with 50% opposed. The 49% support is down six percentage points from the 55% who said they backed stricter gun control in CNN polling from January, just a few... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

38148

United States

28 November 2013

Washington Times

Federal gun-purchase background checks ticked up in October, but analysts say the surge in applications to buy guns, which peaked in the months after the Newtown school shootings in Connecticut, likely has leveled off. After hitting an all-time high of 2.8 million in December 2012, checks run through the FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System remained high through May when compared to previous year tallies. Sales then dropped for the next four months,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Times

38129

Japan

26 November 2013

Japan Today

FUKUOKA — Police have arrested the father of a student after the boy brought a handgun to school in Shime, Fukuoka Prefecture. According to police, the boy's father, Takaki Wakisaka, a 41-year-old restaurant manager, was questioned about firing several live-ammunition shots from a revolver in a storehouse near his home in the middle of September this year, Fuji TV reported. After bringing the same gun to school on Nov 20, his son had the firearm confiscated by a... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Japan Today

38113

United States

25 November 2013

Guardian (UK)

Adam Lanza, the 20-year-old who convulsed America when he shot dead 20 young children and six of their adult carers at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut last December, was obsessed with mass murders in the run-up to his meticulously-planned attack and kept photocopies of newspaper articles on shootings of children dating back to 1891. A 48-page summary of the official investigation into the tragedy in Newtown on 14 December 2012 has revealed new details about... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

38115

United States

15 November 2013

USA Today

WASHINGTON — When a decades-old law banning undetectable firearms expires less than a month from now, federal agents say a plastic weapon created on a 3-D printer could emerge as a national security threat. The homemade plastic gun, known as the "Liberator .380" and made with a computer blueprint, a 3-D printer and plastic resin, could pass through security checkpoints without setting off metal detectors. The gun uses only the smallest bits of metal for ammunition... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: USA Today

38081

United States

21 October 2013

Guardian (UK) / Associated Press

Two people died and two others were injured in a Nevada school shooting on Monday. Police said one of the victims was a staff member at Sparks middle school in Sparks, east of Reno. Police chief Mike Mieras said the other person to have died was the suspect, who was thought to be a student. None of the victims have been identified, but officials said there are "no outstanding suspects". Police said they received the first report of the incident at 7.16am local time... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK) / Associated Press

38000

South Africa

15 October 2013

Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

JOHANNESBURG - Two high school pupils appeared in the Krugersdorp Magistrate's Court on Monday after being caught with a gun and live ammunition on Friday. According to Kagiso police station commander Brigadier Sipho Ngubane, pupils at the Mosupatsela Secondary School reported to the deputy principal that Bongani Phapha, 19, and Joubert Tlou, 18, were in possession of a gun. The deputy principal called the police, and the gun, which had been hidden on the school... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Independent/IOL Daily News (South Africa)

37977

United States

9 October 2013

Huffington Post (USA)

The National Rifle Association gives one the immediate impression of an organization that never met an anti-government conspiracy theory it didn't like. After all, the NRA has been recruiting members and raising money with such absurd fantasies for years: The "mass confiscation" of privately-held firearms after Hurricane Katrina, the United Nations Small Arms Treaty "threaten[ing] individual firearm ownership with an invasive registration scheme," ATF's botched "Fast... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Huffington Post (USA)

37960

United States,Germany

9 October 2013

NPR Berlin, Series

Hardy Schober stops by the cemetery near his home in Winnenenden almost every day to visit the grave of his fifteen-year-old daughter. Jana was killed by a classmate four years ago in one of the most tragic school shootings in Germany's history. "We don't live very far from the cemetery, and I stop there and talk with her," says Schober. He visits Jana's grave to tell her about his day, or about what's going on with the rest of their family. When he talks about her,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NPR Berlin

37959

Mexico,United States

6 October 2013

Minnesota Public Radio / Associated Press

WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama picked B. Todd Jones to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, it looked like the moment had arrived when the beleaguered ATF would reassert itself as an agency with teeth. It was January, and the nation was embroiled in a rare debate on gun control, the result of the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school the previous month. The White House pushed for tougher gun laws and Congress seemed unusually... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Minnesota Public Radio / Associated Press

37945

United States

25 September 2013

KOB Eyewitness News 4 (New Mexico)

A YouTube video of a man carrying a loaded rifle into the New Mexico Capitol is getting plenty of attention online. Not because he did anything wrong, but because he was making a point about his rights. And his message certainly got state lawmakers' attention. "I'm gonna go inside the state Capitol and see if I can educate a few people," the man says in the video, only identified by his YouTube account name of "martinrps13." He walked into the east entrance lobby of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: KOB Eyewitness News 4 (New Mexico)

37921

England & Wales,United States,Australia

23 September 2013

Australian (Sydney) / Agence France Presse

US President Barack Obama has used Australia as a positive example of a country that tightened gun laws after a mass shooting. He was speaking at a memorial service for the victims of America's latest mass shooting and was making yet another impassioned appeal for the US to reform gun ownership laws. "No other advanced nation endures this kind of violence. None," he declared, at a ceremony in the Washington Navy Yard, where a contractor killed 12 people in a gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Australian (Sydney) / Agence France Presse

38003

New Zealand

18 September 2013

Stuff (New Zealand)

At Stratford's Avon Kindergarten kids can pick up a "gun" and shoot a possum any time they want - if they have a licence. Head teacher Lynsi Latham-Saunders has introduced the gun-use policy after some of the 3- to 5-year-olds began using sticks as guns and pointing them at each other. "They were using guns for what they see guns used for on cartoons and television. Children weren't too keen on guns being pushed in their faces," she said. Now, if any of the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Stuff (New Zealand)

37886

United States

17 September 2013

Atlantic Wire (USA)

The next mass shooting will take place on February 12, 2014, in Spokane, Washington. It will be committed by an emotionally disturbed, 38 year-old white man who will kill seven people and wound six more at a place he used to work using a semi-automatic handgun he purchased legally in the state. That, at least, is what a look at the data on past such shootings might indicate. We'll say at the outset: Every assertion in the first paragraph is a function of probability,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Atlantic Wire (USA)

37893

Australia,United States

16 September 2013

Age (Melbourne)

Former politicians John Howard, Tim Fischer and Rob Borbidge aren't the first names which spring to mind when you think of TV's annual Emmy Awards. But a news segment featuring the three was a surprise winner at America's television gongs today. The segment, titled Australia and Gun Control's Aftermath, was produced as part of the news satire, The Daily Show. The segment, which was aired in three parts, followed comedian John Oliver as he investigated Australia's gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Age (Melbourne)

37876

United States

12 September 2013

al Jazeera

A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health on Thursday has found a "robust" relationship between rates of gun ownership and firearm homicide, challenging the National Rifle Association's assertion that more registered guns equal fewer firearm-related deaths. However, the study noted that while gun ownership is a significant predictor of firearm homicide rates, the correlation did not necessarily mean that higher ownership directly caused more... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: al Jazeera

37865

United States

11 September 2013

New York Times

COLORADO SPRINGS — Two Colorado Democrats who provided crucial support for a package of state gun laws were voted out of office on Tuesday in special elections seen as a test of whether swing-state voters would accept gun restrictions after mass shootings at a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school. The vote, which came five months after the United States Senate defeated several gun restrictions, handed another loss to gun-control supporters and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37858

United States

9 September 2013

Denver Post (Colorado)

DENVER — Two Democratic state lawmakers who backed tighter gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings have been kicked out of office in a recall election promoted by both grassroots activists and the National Rifle Association. Senate President John Morse lost by just 343 votes Tuesday in a swing district in the Republican stronghold of Colorado Springs but Sen. Angela Giron lost by a bigger margin in a largely blue-collar district that favors Democrats. The NRA... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Denver Post (Colorado)

37852

Australia

9 September 2013

ABC News (Australia)

The man elected to take one of six Senate seats in New South Wales says allowing the general public to carry weapons is one way of curbing gun crime in western Sydney. Voters in New South Wales have chosen Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm for the Senate after the party appeared in the top left hand corner of ballot papers. The seldom-mentioned party gained 8.89 per cent of the initial vote allocation, ahead of the Greens' 7.77 per cent. The party, which believes in... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (Australia)

37850

Australia

3 September 2013

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has defended his clay pigeon shooting record after the anti-gun lobby called on him to set an example. Gun Control Australia's Roland Browne has backed a Greens policy on banning semi-automatic handguns, and demanded Mr Rudd show leadership with his own sports shooting. The prime minister revealed during his first stint as prime minister that he enjoyed shooting clay targets. But he told reporters in Launceston he hadn't been clay pigeon... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne)

37818

United States

29 August 2013

BBC News

The White House has announced two executive orders on gun control, after a failed legislative attempt to pass firearms regulations. Vice-President Joe Biden announced that the administration would end the import of military surplus weapons. The second order aims to stop criminals registering guns to corporations or trusts to dodge background checks. The gun-control debate was revived as a gunman killed 20 schoolchildren in Connecticut last December. Gun rights... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37808

United States,Australia

25 August 2013

Herald Sun (Melbourne), Editorial

The horrific and senseless shooting of baseballer Chris Lane in the prime of his life has again exposed the deep divide in gun culture here and in America. As United States President Barack Obama sends his prayers to the popular athlete's loved ones, Australians can count our blessings we live in a different society. Three teens are accused of randomly ambushing an innocent stranger who was jogging in daylight, shooting him in the back and leaving him for dead by the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne)

37799

United States

14 August 2013

New York Daily News

There has been a run on guns in the Connecticut town where a madman armed with a Bushmaster assault rifle turned a grade school into a slaughterhouse. Requests for gun permits are on track to double this year over last year in heartbroken Newtown, where 20 first-graders and six staffers were massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Dec. 14, police said. And the surge appears to be fueled by worried residents like 66-year-old Nancy Ellis, a soon-to-be gun-toting... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Daily News

37767

Canada

1 August 2013

Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

MONTREAL - The federal gun registry may be dead in the rest of Canada but it was put to use this week during a high-profile standoff in Montreal. Police carried 180 guns and 40 bayonets out of a residence on a quiet tree-lined street after the occupant was brought down by rubber bullets early Wednesday, ending the incident that had gone on almost a full day. Montreal police have confirmed they consulted the registry during the standoff to learn about their suspect but... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Vancouver Sun (British Columbia)

37724

South America,United States,Mexico,Central America,Caribbean,Brazil

31 July 2013

Los Angeles Times

Lax U.S. gun regulations are enabling the international trafficking of high-powered weapons and fueling the spread of gun violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Council on Foreign Relations argues in a report urging President Obama to take action on initiatives that have foundered in Congress. More than 70% of the 99,000 weapons recovered by Mexican law enforcement since 2007 were traced to U.S. manufacturers and importers, the council report said, citing... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Los Angeles Times

37722

United States

30 July 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

CLARKSVILLE, Arkansas — When classes at Clarksville High School resume in August assistant principle Cheyne Dougan will be among the more than 20 teachers, administrators and other employees in the school district carrying concealed weapons. After a school shooting in Connecticut last December that left 20 children and six teachers dead, the idea of arming schoolhouses against gunmen was hotly debated across the country. The National Rifle Association declared it... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

37711

United States

28 July 2013

Reuters

Miami police on Sunday searched for a motive for a shooting rampage in which six people were killed by a gunman who set his apartment on fire before shooting several neighbors and taking others hostage. The police said they were investigating reports that the man, Pedro Alberto Vargas, 42, was in the process of being evicted and had prior disputes with the managers of the building. The owner of the 90-unit apartment building was not immediately available for... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

37706

United States

18 July 2013

Guardian (UK), Blog

When employees of American Family Insurance discovered earlier this year that Susie Salazar of Greeley, Colorado owned a pit bull, they did what company rules dictated: they cancelled her homeowner's policy. After all, they had done the same thing last year to Nebraska sheriff's deputy Andy Woodward, after they found out his police dog, a Belgian Malinois named Diezel, lived as his family pet when he wasn't on the job. When it comes to dogs, American Family Insurance... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37700

United States

14 July 2013

Washington Post, Blog

Seven months ago, Adam Lanza blasted his way into a first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, murdering 20 children and six staff members before turning the gun on himself. The massacre in Newtown, Conn., set off a furious debate, prompting an unprecedented amount of media attention on America's gun laws. But the press's declining interest in gun control in recent months illustrates just how hard it is for advocates to keep a story alive once Washington... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37659

Pakistan

17 June 2013

BBC News

The women's university at the centre of Saturday's deadly twin attacks in the Pakistani city of Quetta has been shut down until further notice. In the first incident a bomb on a university bus killed 14 women. Gunmen then killed 11 when they laid siege to the hospital treating the wounded. Sardar Bahadur Khan University is the only all-female university in troubled Balochistan province. The move is seen as a safety precaution in a city which has seen many... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37577

Italy

17 June 2013

Local (Italy)

A 69-year-old school janitor in Sicily nicknamed "the poet" gunned down a religious education teacher on Saturday, shooting her dead before attempting to flee the scene, Italian media reported. Giovanna Nobile, 54, had gone into the Pappalardo di Vittoria school in southern Sicily for a teachers' meeting and was confronted by Salvatore Lo Presti as she was leaving the building. Lo Presti, known as "the poet" around school because of his passion for writing poems, shot... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Italy)

37575

Canada

11 June 2013

Global News (Canada)

After a gunman armed with a semi-automatic rifle and 30-round magazine killed 14 women at Montreal's École Polytechnique in 1989, Canada's Parliament was plunged into a debate on how to stop it from recurring. By the end of 1991, a package of gun legislation designed to respond to the massacre, backed by then-Justice Minister Kim Campbell, made it into law. One key part of the new law restricted the number of rounds rifle and pistol magazines were allowed to hold.... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Global News (Canada)

37551

United States

8 June 2013

BBC News

At least five people are dead and several others injured after a gun rampage in the beachfront city of Santa Monica, California, police say. The attack began at a house and ended on a college campus where police say they shot the gunman in the library. Police initially put the death toll at six, but later revised it to five people dead, including the shooter. The gunman was in his late 20s and had been carrying an assault-style rifle, say witnesses. President Barack... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37541

United States

6 June 2013

Washington Post

TOPEKA, Kansas — Fresh off a series of legislative victories across the country, the National Rifle Association has launched a new effort starting in gun-friendly Kansas seeking to clamp down on the use of government money to lobby on gun-control issues. While it's not clear how the law would be enforced considering it includes no penalties for violators, critics argue the measure threatens to stifle debate and give the state government far more control over a local... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37548

United States

5 June 2013

New York Times

WASHINGTON — A panel of experts convened in response to the school shooting last year in Newtown, Conn., gave the federal government an ambitious set of priorities on Wednesday for research on guns, ending what experts said has been a 17-year hiatus in the study of gun violence after Congress took away federal money for the topic in the 1990s. President Obama has included $10 million for gun-related research in his 2014 budget, the first federal financing for the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

37537

France

3 June 2013

Local (France)

French police have charged a 30-year-old man with supplying weapons used by Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah when he killed seven people in and around the southern city of Toulouse last year. Fetha Malki, a Toulouse resident with a history of petty crimes, was charged over the weekend with complicity in murder in connection with a terrorist enterprise and ordered held without bail. He faces other charges of receiving stolen goods and selling illegal weapons. Judicial... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (France)

37515

Jordan

30 May 2013

Jordan Times / Zawya

AMMAN - A new draft firearms and ammunition law places further restrictions on the acquisition of automatic weapons, a top official said on Thursday, amid a significant increase in the use of guns and violence across the Kingdom over the past few years. Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications Mohammed Momani told The Jordan Times on Thursday that the government will move to have the bill enacted by Parliament as soon as possible. According to the draft... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Jordan Times / Zawya

37517

United States

28 May 2013

New Republic

On April 17, the bill to expand background checks on gun buyers failed in the Senate, and the fatalistic shrugs in Washington were so numerous they were nearly audible. The legislation had been a modest bipartisan compromise, supported by 90 percent of the public and lobbied for hard by the president. A group backed by Michael Bloomberg had spent $12 million on ads pressuring senators to vote "yes." When the bill fell short — by just five votes — it seemed to... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New Republic

37495

Sweden

18 May 2013

Local (Sweden)

Panic broke out at a Gothenburg school on Friday evening as one man was injured in a shooting which could be linked to a violent robbery that took place in the area on the same day. The man sustained light injuries and was admitted to the Sahlgrenska Hospital. On Saturday morning, police had made no arrests but were treating the incident as attempted murder or attempted manslaughter after receiving around 30 calls from the public. At least one cartridge case was... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Local (Sweden)

37465

United States

13 May 2013

NBC News (USA)

To pediatricians, gun control is a public health issue, not a political one. But they're treading a fine line, and they know it. The American Academy of Pediatrics has begun a renewed push to try to get Congress to pass gun control measures, sending more than 100 pediatricians to Capitol Hill earlier this month. But others who have taken on the issue over the past decade have a warning for them: they can run afoul of the National Rifle Association and other pro-gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NBC News (USA)

37441

United States

9 May 2013

Economist, Blog

HOUSTON - Gun-control legislation fell short last month in a close Senate vote, but some spy flickers of hope in the "world's greatest deliberative body". However, the sense of urgency that followed the Newtown massacre has definitely faded, and new studies from the Department of Justice and the Pew Research Center showing an astonishing drop in gun violence over the past two decades seem to call into question the need for new, stricter regulations. Americans have been... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

37436

United States

8 May 2013

Washington Post

Gun violence dropped dramatically nationwide over the past two decades, but nearly three-quarters of all homicides are still committed with a firearm, the Justice Department said in a report released Tuesday. The report, by the department's Bureau of Justice Statistics, painted an encouraging picture of long-term trends at a time of divisive political debate over guns and legislation to regulate them. Firearms-related homicides declined 39 percent between 1993 and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37420

United States

1 May 2013

Korea Herald / Agence France Presse

FREDERICKSBURG, Virginia ― Proudly brandishing a target she had riddled with bullets, 62-year-old Sharon Schaefer could not hide her delight at joining America's growing number of gun-toting women. "It was fun!" she exclaimed breathlessly, much to the approval of her instructor Teresa Ovalle. "You did a good job, Sharon," said the former Marine, who had just given the senior citizen a crash course in pistols at the Fredericksburg Range, some 80 kilometers southwest... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Korea Herald / Agence France Presse

37406

United States

1 May 2013

Guardian (UK), Opinion

After the Sandy Hook massacre when 20 school children were gunned down in their classrooms along with several of their teachers, many of us thought the country would finally wake up to the insanity of allowing civilians to arm themselves with weapons designed to inflict mass carnage. Instead, what we have seen is tragedy descend into farce as all efforts to pass sensible gun reform measures have collapsed and gun makers, their lobbyists and now security companies are... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37397

Thailand

29 April 2013

SINA (China)

BANGKOK - Two people was hurt in a gun attack on a school in the restive southern province of Narathiwat late Sunday night [sic]. Police said a number of assailants arrived at Buke Bakong School in Narathiwat's Yingo district on a pick-up truck when seven people, including assistant teachers and members of village defense unit, were on security duty in front of the school. One of the men fired three shots at them with a war weapon. One bullet grazed the ear of Amran... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: SINA (China)

37387

United States,Australia

26 April 2013

Sydney Morning Herald, Opinion

This Sunday marks the 17th anniversary of the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania, where 35 people were killed and 18 wounded by a lone gunman brandishing high-powered longarms. In response to the killings, Australia's gun laws were significantly tightened. The prime minister at the time, John Howard, was able to gain bipartisan support from all state governments for a 10-point plan to regulate firearms - known as the 1996 Nationwide Agreement on Firearms. This agreement... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

37374

United States

25 April 2013

Associated Press / NPR

NEW YORK — General Electric's finance arm is cutting ties with gun dealers, halting financing offers at about 75 gun shops across the U.S. in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., massacre that took the lives of 20 schoolchildren and six teachers and administrators. The December school shooting ignited a national debate about gun laws and drove some companies to distance themselves from the gun industry. Private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management announced a few days... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Associated Press / NPR

37377

United States

24 April 2013

Reuters

General Electric Co discovered it was financing a small number of firearm purchases in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shootings - despite deciding five years ago to avoid the practice - and moved to stop future loans, the company said on Wednesday. Many of the conglomerate's employees live in or near Newtown, about 25 miles from GE's Fairfield, Connecticut, headquarters. Peter Lanza, the father of the Newtown gunman, is a GE executive. The company's GE... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Reuters

37369

Switzerland,Netherlands

22 April 2013

BBC News

Dutch police have made an arrest following a threat, posted on the internet, to carry out a shooting at a school in the city of Leiden. The suspect is a former pupil of the British School, which has a site in neighbouring Voorschoten. More than 20 schools were told to stay closed on Monday in response to the threat posted on internet forum 4chan. The anonymous writer said they would shoot their teacher "and as many students as I can". He or she said they would be... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37356

United States

17 April 2013

Guardian (UK), Opinion

Of all the senators who attempted Wednesday to rally support for the doomed Manchin-Toomey background check amendment, Connecticut's Democratic freshman representative, Chris Murphy, probably faced the greatest temptation to borrow the moral authority of the Newtown families. They are his constituents and many were present in the chamber. He's young – the youngest sitting senator, actually – and an early Obama supporter, given to occasional bouts of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian (UK)

37337

United States

13 April 2013

Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

WASHINGTON - The mother of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting made a deeply personal plea from the White House for action to combat gun violence, choking back tears almost from the start of her speech. Francine Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son, Ben, was killed in the Dec. 14 attack inside Sandy Hook Elementary School, stepped in for President Barack Obama to deliver the president's weekly radio and Internet address. She is the first... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Edmonton Journal (Alberta)

37316

Canada,United States

10 April 2013

Toronto Star (Ontario)

The torn up shell of a school bus, pockmarked with gashes and dents from 6,000 bullets, was paraded through the streets of Washington, D.C. this week, centre of the action in the swirling American gun control debate. Was it the remains of an unspeakable horror? Some kind of war zone relic? No. It's art, and in post-Sandy Hook America, where the bullet-riddled bus installation by Toronto artist Viktor Mitic is on display, the stark portrayal of the destructive power of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Toronto Star (Ontario)

37302

United States

9 April 2013

ABC News (USA)

President Obama may have ended the 17-year ban on gun violence research at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but even if Congress restores research funds, experts say the damage runs deeper than funding cuts. Since the 1996 ban, many of the leading researchers of the 1980s and 1990s have moved on to other specialties, and some said they've even discouraged students from specializing in gun violence research because the work doesn't pay. The ban also... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: ABC News (USA)

37300

Canada

5 April 2013

Ottawa Sun (Ontario)

Police say it's nearly impossible to prevent domestic-related murders like the one that rocked a Gatineau daycare Friday morning. Hunting shotguns similar to the gun used in Friday's incident can be legally owned but police no longer know who they belong to. "Since the long gun registry was abolished, there's absolutely no way now for law enforcement to know who owns or possesses long guns," said Ottawa police weapons expert Det. Chris O'Brien. Most often, it's women... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Ottawa Sun (Ontario)

37293

United States

3 April 2013

Washington Post

A 225-page study commissioned by the National Rifle Association has endorsed and amplified the gun rights group's immediate response to the mass killing in Newtown, Conn.: that all schools in the United States should have police or armed staff members trained to confront a shooter. Although ostensibly independent of the NRA, the examination of school safety issues, released Tuesday, provides the organization with an alternative narrative to the various gun-control... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

37272

United States

2 April 2013

BBC News

Lawmakers in the US state of Connecticut have agreed to a sweeping set of gun restrictions, including a ban on new high-capacity magazines. The proposal requires background checks on all gun sales and expands the state's assault weapons ban. It comes as new federal gun measures appear to have stalled in Congress. Debate over US gun laws was reignited after a gunman killed 26 people, including 20 children, at a Connecticut primary school in December. Tighter gun... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: BBC News

37266

Venezuela

29 March 2013

InfoSur Hoy (USA)

CARACAS, Venezuela – Violence is becoming part of the school day for Venezuelan students. Of the 289 educational centers surveyed by the Venezuelan Federation of Teachers (FVM), 85% reported acts of aggression in their schools. Six in 10 reported incidents of this type occur at least once a week. On Jan. 8, Michelle Buraglia, a 15-year-old student, died after being shot by another child at Andrés Bello High School, one of the largest in Caracas. After the murder,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: InfoSur Hoy (USA)

37258


For earlier articles, use the Search News feature above