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  • Canada Bans Civilian Ownership of Assault Weapons After Mass Shooting
    by New York Times, via on May 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Nearly two weeks after the deadliest mass shooting in Canada's history, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday introduced an immediate ban on what he described as "military-style assault weapons." "These weapons were designed for one purpose and one purpose only: to kill the largest number of people in the shortest amount of time," Mr. Trudeau said. "There is no use and no place for such weapons in Canada." The ban means that Canadians will no longer be able to own... [New York Times, via]

  • Pandemic Fears Cause Spike in U.S. Gun Sales
    by New York Times, via on April 1, 2020 at 12:00 am

    Americans bought about two million guns in March, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data. It was the second-busiest month ever for gun sales, trailing only January 2013, just after President Barack Obama's re-election and the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. With some people fearful that the pandemic could lead to civil unrest, gun sales have been skyrocketing. In the past, fear of gun-buying restrictions has been the main driver of spikes... [New York Times, via]

  • Select US Gun Violence Statistics
    by The Trace (USA), via on December 27, 2019 at 12:00 am

    - 26 percent: The increase in intimate partner homicides by shooting since 2010 - $911 million: The annual cost of gun injury hospitalization - 30 percent: The share of firearms recovered by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in California that are unserialized ghost guns - 3.3m? 8.5m? 17.7m? The hard-to-quantify number of assault weapons in... [The Trace (USA), via]

  • Homemade Firearms, 'Ghost Guns' and Crime in the US
    by The Trace, via on December 5, 2019 at 12:00 am

    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 most... [The Trace, via]

  • Colt Will No Longer Sell Assault Rifles to Civilians
    by Colt News, via on September 19, 2019 at 12:00 am

    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... [Colt News, via]

  • Bygone US Assault Weapon Ban Was Effective
    by New York Times, Blog, via on September 4, 2019 at 12:00 am

    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... [New York Times, Blog, via]

  • PM Ardern on Gun Control in US and NZ
    by Washington Post, via on May 15, 2019 at 12:00 am

    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... [Washington Post, via]

  • Trump ATT Decision Was Built On an NRA Lie
    by Washington Post, Opinion, via on April 29, 2019 at 12:00 am

    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... [Washington Post, Opinion, via]

  • Australia's Gun Laws Can't Work in America – For Now
    by Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, via on March 30, 2018 at 12:00 am

    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... [Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, via]

  • Repeal the Second Amendment - John Paul Stevens
    by New York Times, Opinion, via on March 27, 2018 at 12:00 am

    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... [New York Times, Opinion, via]

  • How to Buy a Gun in 15 Countries
    by New York Times, via on March 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

    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... [New York Times, via]

  • Europe's Flourishing Gunmakers
    by Economist, via on February 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    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... [Economist, via]

  • Trump & Turnbull: US to Consider an Australian Model on Guns?
    by New York Times, via on February 23, 2018 at 12:00 am

    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... [New York Times, via]

  • Florida Shooting Survivors Are Fighting Back
    by Guardian, via on February 21, 2018 at 12:00 am

    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... [Guardian, via]

  • How the AR-15 Became The Most Popular Rifle In America
    by CNN, via on December 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    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... [CNN, via]

  • US Virgin Islands Shows Registration-Confiscation Link
    by NRA Publications (USA), via on October 30, 2017 at 12:00 am

    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,... [NRA Publications (USA), via]

  • Mechanic Smuggled Thureon 'AR-15s' from US to Australia
    by Herald Sun (Melbourne), via on July 14, 2017 at 12:00 am

    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... [Herald Sun (Melbourne), via]

  • US Agencies Help Stop Smuggling of 5000 Guns to Australia
    by News Corp Australia Network, via on March 16, 2017 at 12:00 am

    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... [News Corp Australia Network, via]

  • Record Number of Gun Background Checks on US Black Friday
    by The Trace (USA), via on November 28, 2016 at 12:00 am

    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... [The Trace (USA), via]

  • At Least 508 People Were Shot in America Over Thanksgiving
    by The Trace (USA), via on November 28, 2016 at 12:00 am

    The streets of New Orleans's French Quarter had swelled with tourists after the annual Bayou Classic football game early Sunday when shots rang out. An argument that started somewhere else washed up on Bourbon Street and became a gun battle. One person died, another nine were wounded. None of the victims were the intended targets. Demontris Toliver was a 25-year-old a tattoo artist from Baton Rouge who was visiting the town where he grew up to celebrate his birthday.... [The Trace (USA), via]