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Analysis: Gun control

Blindfolded, with one hand tied behind the back

How the gun lobby has debilitated federal action on firearms and what President Obama can do about it.... Read more»


ATF crippled by weak laws, paltry budgets

The massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary has placed gun violence squarely at the front of the national agenda. But conspicuously absent is much of anything that might address the stunning and widespread weaknesses that have for years crippled the federal agency responsible for enforcing the nation’s gun laws — the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... Read more»

ATF's struggle to close down firearms dealers

The agency's crippled oversight of the industry means troubled gun dealers can stay open for years. Some don’t see an inspector for eight years or more. By law, ATF can inspect dealers once a year only and may revoke a license only when it believes the dealer “willfully” violated gun control laws.... Read more»

Gun control debate takes Mexico into account

In the recent debate about stricter gun control, some officials on both sides of the Rio Grande saw a sliver of hope — that such laws might curb the flow of illegal weapons over the United States’ southern border.... Read more»


Preventing gun violence in our nation

After last month’s senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut—in which 20 children and 6 adults were shot and killed—we need to immediately address the gaps in our current law that enable mass shootings, as well as the everyday shootings that on average claim the lives of 33 Americans each day.... Read more»

5 federal gun policies you've never heard of

U.S. gun policy is set by both state and federal law. We previously published an explainer on the ways states have eased gun restrictions. But federal policy, too, has become more gun friendly in recent years — and we're not just talking about the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that struck down the handgun ban in Washington, D.C.... Read more»

The best reporting on guns in America

In the wake of last week's shooting in Aurora, Colo., we've taken a step back and laid out the best pieces we could find about guns. They're roughly organized by articles on rights, trafficking and regulation. ... Read more»

In America, guns are a boom, regulation a bust

In addition to the United States being the world’s leading weapons exporter by far, the insatiable American appetite for weapons is also responsible for fueling a burgeoning small arms industry around the world. Despite producing so many of its own weapons, the United States is also the top global importer.... Read more»

'Fast and Furious' guns linked to Mexico murders

A new report by Spanish-language network Univision has found links between murders in Mexico and guns involved in the government's "Fast and Furious" operation. ... Read more»

Congressmen press for more resignations in gun-walking probe

Members of a House committee called for more accountability from Justice Department officials Thursday, even as they praised an internal investigation of two botched “gun-walking” operations: operations Fast and Furious and Wide Receiver.... Read more»

Border Roundup: Sheriff Dever dies, BP honors Brian Terry in Naco

Border & immigration news: Sheriff Dever dies, Border Patrol names Naco station after Terry, Fast and Furious report released, and more.... Read more»

Report: Fast & Furious, earlier probe lacked oversight, put public at risk

Government officials in Phoenix and Washington, D.C., mishandled two “gun-walking” operations in Arizona and put the public in serious risk in the process, according to an inspector general’s report released Wednesday.... Read more»

Fast & Furious

Heinz blasts Barber vote on Holder civil contempt

Matt Heinz, a state representative running against U.S. Rep. Ron Barber in the CD2 Democratic primary, said the new congressman's vote to hold U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in civil contempt "in no way helps Arizona with its border security issues."... Read more»1

Az lawmakers split along party lines on Holder contempt vote

Arizona lawmakers split along party lines Thursday as the House voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in its probe of Operation Fast and Furious, the government’s botched “gun-walking” investigation in Phoenix.... Read more»1

Smart v. Stupid

New revelations point to a Darrell Issa conspiracy

On Fast and Furious, did Did Darrell Issa just make up the whole thing? Bombshell reporting in Fortune Magazine and the Washington Post sheds new light on the festering, wormy mess that is his probe of an ATF gun-smuggling investigation.... Read more»5

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