Articles on Guns
Guns N' Bitcoin, founded in 2019, promotes new ways to develop and purchase "ghost guns" that are 80 percent complete gun, sold with a kit of the materials needed to finish building the firearm. Another increasingly popular option is building ghost guns out of entirely 3D-printed parts. These guns have no serial number and don't require background checks; their rise poses serious obstacles to law enforcement's ability to track sales and distribution. Ghost guns account for a growing number of guns used in crimes. Less documented is the growing popularity of these weapons among far-right and anti-government movements, reports HuffPost. Gun safety advocates say ghost guns are ending up in the hands of individuals who are radicalized through...Click here to read more »
Gun purchases accelerated in the U.S. during 2020-2021 compared to 2019, with more than five million adults becoming first-time gun owners between January 2020 and April 2021 compared to 2.4 million adults in 2019, found a study on new gun ownership. The survey, conducted by Professor Matt Miller at Northeastern University and published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows that between January 2019 and April this year, around 7.5 million people, or 2.9 percent of all adults who had not previously owned guns, purchased them, reports The Guardian. Most, about 5.4 million people, brought the weapons into homes that had not previously had them.
"The proportion of gun sales to new gun owners compared to...Click here to read more »
A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit panel upheld a Trump-era rule banning the ownership of bump stocks – which enable semiautomatic weapons to fire continuously – under a decades-old federal law prohibiting machine guns, Courthouse News Service reports. The court rejected a challenge from a Texas-based bump stock owner, who argued that the rule “contradicts the plain language of the statute” because bump stocks do not shoot “more than one shot…by a single function of the trigger.” Bump stocks were developed in the early 2000s but only came under fire after the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting in which 58 people were killed and hundreds more injured after Stephen Paddock...Click here to read more »
Nearly 5,700 firearms have been confiscated at airport checkpoints in 2021, the highest number recorded by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA) since its inception. The vast majority of weapons — 85 percent — were loaded with ammunition, CBS News reports. Airports in Atlanta, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston ranked highest in confiscated firearms. "It's an all time high," said TSA Administrator David Pekoske. The previous high mark was 4,400 guns confiscated in 2019.. Pekoske believes the increase in firearm seizures reflects "what's going on in the country ... there's just more firearm carriage."Click here to read more »
California Gov. Gavin Newsom will push for a law modeled on Texas’ abortion ban that would let private citizens sue anyone who makes or sells assault weapons or ghost guns. Newsom has criticized the Texas law for limiting women’s access to abortion by allowing people to sue anyone who “aids or abets” one performed after about six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Still, he said the Supreme Court’s decision Friday to let the law stay in effect while legal challenges proceed has opened an avenue for states to circumvent federal courts, the Sacramento Bee reports. Newsom cited a recent federal court decision to strike down California’s assault weapons ban. A judge compared assault weapons to...Click here to read more »
In March 2020, as the first COVID-19 outbreaks hit the U.S., Americans flocked to gun stores. Civilians purchased some 19 million firearms over the next nine months — shattering every annual sales record. At the same time, shootings soared, with dozens of cities setting grim records for homicides, The Trace reports. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives data show that in 2020, police recovered almost twice as many guns with a short “time-to-crime,” in this case, guns recovered within a year of their purchase, than in 2019. Law enforcement officials generally view a short time-to-crime as an indicator that a firearm was purchased with criminal intent, because a gun with a narrow window between sale and recovery is...Click here to read more »
Fourteen experts drawn from an array of ideologies and sectors — public health, gun reform and gun rights advocacy, suicide prevention advocacy, the gun industry, academics, and public policy — met over a year to hammer out prevention steps that could address the crisis of gun suicides, which account for approximately 60 percent of all gun deaths, The Trace reports. "We believe it's important that this group states loudly and clearly: suicide deaths by firearm are not inevitable," they write.
Among recommendations: The nation needs new education campaigns around lethal means and suicide, including a diverse mix of credible messengers and buy-in from gun makers; public and private organizations must fund deeper research into suicide prevention strategies;...Click here to read more »
Pro-gun messaging aimed at women has ebbed and flowed for years. Gun manufacturers, sellers and advocacy groups have used themes of empowerment to demonstrate how guns can help women protect themselves from dangers, The 19th reports. Its persistent narrative is a talking point in the mainstream gun-rights movement, which cites research that lax gun policies leave women disproportionately vulnerable. The New York case pending at the Supreme Court, which will determine how strictly states can regulate concealed carry licenses, does not directly center on concerns about women’s safety; however, groups have come forward to argue that restricting concealed carry licenses either will better protect women from gun violence or put them in greater danger. If the high court...Click here to read more »
Six more states no longer require residents to hold a permit to carry a concealed firearm, reports Stateline. Arkansas, Iowa, Montana, Tennessee, Texas and Utah this year enacted what gun rights advocates call “constitutional carry” measures. A legislative priority for groups such as the National Rifle Association, 21 states now have such measures in place. Many states still have restrictions on possessing firearms in certain government buildings. More states may be added to the list before the end of this legislative season. The Ohio House last month passed a bill that would eliminate a requirement for gun owners to take an eight-hour class and undergo a background check to carry a concealed firearm in public. Wisconsin lawmakers also...Click here to read more »
An 8-8 split in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reinstated a lower court ruling allowing the federal government to outlaw rapid-fire devices known as bump stocks as machine guns, Courthouse News Service reports. A three-judge panel had ruled against the government. The case relied on a precedent set by the U.S. Supreme Court in the 1984 case Chevron USA Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council Inc. That case says that a court may not substitute its own opinion in the place of a reasonable interpretation made by an administrative agency.
Appeals Judge Helene White, an appointee of President Obama, said, "There are many areas where Congress relies on agency...Click here to read more »
A 13-year-old Georgia boy had been making guns in his family's home and selling them on the streets, the Douglas County sheriff said. The boy was allegedly trafficking "ghost guns" — kits that let customers assemble firearms without serial numbers — not only to buyers in his own area, but also those in neighboring Carroll County and Atlanta about 20 miles away, the Washington Post reports. The boy was able to "make a weapon from start to finish," Douglas County Sheriff Tim Pounds said. On Nov. 27, the teen was set to sell one of his wares to two men. Instead of buying the gun as agreed, the men robbed him and stole it. So the boy pulled...Click here to read more »
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that state law grants immunity to gun makers and sellers from lawsuits over the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas concert. The court said the text of the law and its legislative history shield the gun companies from most liability, even if the guns at issue are proved illegal, Courthouse News Service reports. The ruling stems from a suit by James and Ann-Marie Parsons, the parents of a woman killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival massacre. They sued Colt’s Manufacturing Company and others, claiming the AR-15 weapons, which shooter Stephen Paddock used to kill 60 people and injure hundreds more in a matter of minutes, violated federal...Click here to read more »
Actor Alec Baldwin was holding an antique Colt .45 revolver during a rehearsal for the film “Rust,” when a prop gun discharged a live bullet, killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and wounding director Joel Souza. Baldwin sat down with ABC's George Stephanopoulos to sift through the series of events that led to Hutchins’ death, saying he had no reason to suspect a live bullet could be in the prop gun. He discussed the criticism, litigation and investigations surrounding the incident, ABC News reports. "Someone put a live bullet in a gun, a bullet that wasn't even supposed to be on the property," Baldwin said. "Someone is responsible for what happened, and I can't say who that is, but I...Click here to read more »
San Cheng, 47, a Taiwanese American game designer, spent three years behind bars after police swarmed his apartment looking for dozens of toy guns he intended to use as props for his business designing shoot-em-up games for smartphones. In detention, he met about 20 other men who had also been arrested in a police sweep against buying harmless replica guns online. China has some of the world’s toughest weapons laws, including broad definitions of what counts as an illegal gun. Cheng’s experience shows how expansive the rules can be, potentially punishing people for buying toy or replica guns that are widely available online, the New York Times reports. China’s strong gun
A federal appeals court upheld California’s ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines, overturning earlier rulings, McClatchy Newspapers reports. The decision affirms two California laws enacted in 2016, which were a response to mass shootings. Both actions sought to crack down on magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. A ballot proposition included broader language that required gun owners to take their high-capacity magazines out of state, sell them to a licensed dealer or surrender them to law enforcement. Many California residents didn’t do that. Rural sheriffs said they wouldn’t enforce the ban unless they found that gun owners were violating other laws.
A federal judge initially declared that the state was violating the Second...Click here to read more »
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