Find Gun Policy Facts

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

Firearm News

United States

Homemade Firearms and Crime in the US

5 December 2019

The Trace

What exactly is a ghost gun? The term "ghost gun" is used by media, police, and sometimes the firearms industry to describe homemade weapons devoid of serial numbers or other identifying markings that enable them to be tracked to their maker, seller, or original owner. For years, law enforcement authorities referred to these weapons as simply "homemade" guns or "kit" guns. "Ghost gun" is a relatively new term. --- How are ghost guns made? A variety of ways. The... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Trace

40427

United States

Colt Will No Longer Sell Assault Rifles to Civilians

19 September 2019

Colt News

WEST HARTFORD, Connecticut – There have been numerous articles recently published about Colt's participation in the commercial rifle market. Some of these articles have incorrectly stated or implied that Colt is not committed to the consumer market. We want to assure you that Colt is committed to the Second Amendment, highly values its customers and continues to manufacture the world's finest quality firearms for the consumer market. The fact of the matter is that... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Colt News

40419

United States

Bygone US Assault Weapon Ban Was Effective

4 September 2019

New York Times, Blog

Recent mass shootings have revived demands for meaningful gun control. But many opponents of a renewed federal ban on assault weapons, led by the National Rifle Association, say the earlier ban, from 1994 to 2004, made no difference. Our new research shows otherwise. We found that public mass shootings — which we defined as incidents in which a gunman killed at least six people in public — dropped during the decade of the federal ban. Yet, in the 15 years since the... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

40416

New Zealand,United States

PM Ardern on Gun Control in US and NZ

15 May 2019

Washington Post

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern spoke out this week about a matter that has long puzzled many foreign observers of the United States: the country's inability to rein in gun violence. Speaking to CNN's Christiane Amanpour, the prime minister said: "Australia experienced a massacre and changed their laws. New Zealand had its experience and changed its laws. To be honest with you, I do not understand the United States." Ardern was referring both to a 1996... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

40402

United States

Trump ATT Decision Was Built On an NRA Lie

29 April 2019

Washington Post, Opinion

President Trump announced on Friday — during a speech that pandered to special-interest groups and was symbolic of his administration's disdain for multilateral agreements — that the United States would "unsign" the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), a landmark agreement that regulates the international trade in conventional arms. It took more than five years of negotiations to develop the ATT, and I spent those years as a consultant in the treaty process, working with... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Washington Post

40397

Costa Rica

Destruction of Illicit Firearms in Costa Rica

18 July 2018

The Costa Rica Star

The General Directorate of Armaments in Costa Rica has destroyed 191 firearms this month, firearms which had been used in various crimes including homicide, robbery, drug trafficking, and illegal arms possession and sale. The Guns destroyed included 133 short weapons and 58 long weapons which have been in custody since 2012 and were previously used as evidence in criminal proceedings. They had been confiscated by the OIJ during raids throughout Costa Rica. How many... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: The Costa Rica Star

40351

Australia,Guatemala

Profile on Life and Work of Rebecca Peters

7 July 2018

Sydney Morning Herald

Flory Teletor was 17 when she began living with her boyfriend, Santo, in a cramped apartment in Guatemala City. Santo, who was 20, worked as a security guard. He was violent and controlling. He gave Flory a daily allowance of 20 quetzals ($3.50). She had to account for every cent; when she failed to do so, he would beat her. Sometimes, he would brandish the pistol he used for work, even shooting above her head. Flory was terrified, but she had already fled an abusive... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Sydney Morning Herald

40412

Australia,United States

Australia's Gun Laws Can't Work in America – For Now

30 March 2018

Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Thirteen mass shootings in 18 years, 112 victims shot dead. While this may seem to describe contemporary America, it actually describes a late 20th-century period in Australia. The country's final slaughter occurred in Tasmania in 1996 – the Port Arthur massacre. A lone, "pathetic social misfit" – as described by the judge – killed 35 people. The first 29 bullets from this young man's AR-15 rifle ended the lives of 20 innocents in just 90 seconds. For... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

40303

United States

Repeal the Second Amendment - John Paul Stevens

27 March 2018

New York Times, Opinion

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society. That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

40304

Oceania,Europe,Asia,Americas,Africa,Yemen,China,Israel,Russia,Brazil,United Kingdom,Germany,India,Canada,Austria,Australia,Mexico,United States,Japan,South Africa

How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries

2 March 2018

New York Times

Many Americans can buy a gun in less than an hour. The process takes months in some countries. Here are the basic steps for how most people buy a gun in 15 of them. Many countries have exceptions for specialized professions, and local laws vary. United States 1) Pass an instant background check that considers criminal convictions, domestic violence and immigration status. 2) Buy a gun. Many states have additional buying restrictions, including waiting periods and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

40300

Europe,United States

Europe's Flourishing Gunmakers

23 February 2018

Economist

It was a blunder by Heckler & Koch, a giant German gunmaker. On February 15th the agency apologised for a "mistake" after its American subsidiary posted a Valentine's picture exhibiting a handgun surrounded by ammunition organized within the form of a coronary heart. The picture went out to social media shortly after a lethal college capturing in Florida. The put up was additionally a reminder that though Europeans typically criticise lax firearm-ownership legal... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Economist

40299

United States

Trump & Turnbull: US to Consider an Australian Model on Guns?

23 February 2018

New York Times

WASHINGTON — One of the most powerful moments during President Trump's meeting with survivors and relatives of the Florida school shooting this week came when a student pleaded with the president to do what Australia did after a similar tragedy. As it happened, Mr. Trump had an opportunity on Friday to get a firsthand report on Australia's crackdown on guns when he hosted the country's prime minister at the White House. But both men quickly discounted any... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: New York Times

40297

United States

Florida Shooting Survivors Are Fighting Back

21 February 2018

Guardian

The students who survived a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school are aiming to reshape America's gun control debate. "You're either with us or against us," senior Emma González told politicians on Sunday, following a viral speech to gun control advocates the day before when she promised, "We are going to be the last mass shooting." Many people see the American gun control debate as a helpless stalemate dominated by the intransigence of the National Rifle... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Guardian

40296

United States

How the AR-15 Became The Most Popular Rifle In America

14 December 2017

CNN

Larry Hyatt had never seen such a frenzy. The lines at Hyatt Guns, his shop in Charlotte, North Carolina, snaked out the door. The deep, green-walled warehouse bills itself as the largest gun shop in America, but even then Hyatt had to stretch to meet the demand. At one point, he dispatched 37 salespeople to man the cash registers. He put up velvet ropes and hired a police officer. He even put a hot dog stand outside. It was just after the Sandy Hook massacre -- and... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: CNN

40292

United States

US Virgin Islands Shows Registration-Confiscation Link

30 October 2017

NRA Publications (USA)

If there were ever a perfect example of the endgame of the gun-ban crowd and their ultimate weapon -- registration of firearm owners -- it comes with the order by the governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands to confiscate registered firearms from law-abiding citizens as a response to the impending devastation of Hurricane Irma. Gov. Kenneth Mapp, in a toxic Sept. 4 order, proclaimed that the activated National Guard "is authorized and directed to seize arms,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: NRA Publications (USA)

40293

Australia,United States

Mechanic Smuggled Thureon 'AR-15s' from US to Australia

14 July 2017

Herald Sun (Melbourne)

A black market weapons dealer who imported lethal US machine guns police say are designed for killing people is staring down the barrel of a lengthy jail term. Paul Munro, 63, pleaded guilty to importing Thureon fully automatic rifles — which can fire 1000 rounds per minute — and firearms parts and frames into Australia in the two years to March 2015. The County Court heard on Friday that the weapons the former mechanic imported landed in the hands of violent... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Herald Sun (Melbourne)

40279

United States,Australia

US Agencies Help Stop Smuggling of 5000 Guns to Australia

16 March 2017

News Corp Australia Network

The largest ever shipment of guns organised by bikie gangs and bound for Australia has been stopped in the US and seized by police as the crackdown on outlaw motorcycle clubs intensifies. The almost 5000-strong shipment of handguns and automatic rifles was nabbed late last year before reaching Australian shores as part of a joint investigation between federal, state and international policing agencies. News Corp Australia can exclusively reveal the operations leading... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: News Corp Australia Network

40276

Americas,Asia,Europe,Africa,Oceania

Nous sommes désolés, mais Gun Policy News doit fermer [FR]

3 December 2016

GunPolicy.org, Letter

Chers lecteurs, Garder Gun Policy Actualités en ligne a toujours été une bataille. Nos bulletins quotidiens ont été lancés il y a maintenant 18 ans, mais 40 000 articles plus tard, j'ai été obligé de me séparer de mon équipe multilingue, simplement pour cause de manque de fonds. Aujourd'hui, je suis au regret de vous annoncer la fin de tous les flux de Gun Policy Actualités sur Twitter, Facebook, les courriels de groupes et nos flux RSS, reçus par des... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: GunPolicy.org

40248

Oceania,Africa,Americas,Asia,Europe,Australia

Lo Sentimos, Pero Gun Policy News Debe Cerrar [ES]

3 December 2016

GunPolicy.org, Letter

Estimados lectores, Siempre ha sido una batalla mantener a Gun Policy News online. Nuestros boletines diarios de noticias comenzaron hace 18 años, pero 40.000 artículos más tarde me he visto obligado a dejar ir a nuestro personal multilingüe, simplemente por falta de fondos. Hoy, me temo que todos los servidores de Twitter, páginas de Facebook, grupos de correo electrónico y los servidores de noticias RSS de Gun Policy News a numerosos lectores en español,... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: GunPolicy.org

40247

Oceania,Asia,Americas,Africa,Europe

Sorry, But Gun Policy News Must Close

3 December 2016

Gun Policy News, Letter

Dear readers, It's always been a battle to keep Gun Policy News online. Our daily news bulletins began 18 years ago, but 40,000 articles later I've been obliged to lay off our multilingual staff, simply for lack of funding. Today I regret that all Gun Policy News Twitter feeds, Facebook pages, E-mail groups and RSS news feeds to many thousands of readers in Spanish, French and English must cease. GunPolicy.org, the parent Web site of Gun Policy News, will remain... (GunPolicy.org)

Read More: Gun Policy News

40246