Gun sales on the rise in St. Louis

Gun sales on the rise in St. Louis

Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as fearful residents await a grand jury’s decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. Metro Shooting Supplies, in an area near the city’s main airport, reports selling two to three times more weapons than […]

Giffords struggles to make guns a mid-term issue

Giffords struggles to make guns a mid-term issue

She has delivered the same 64-word speech eight times already, but Gabby Giffords is struggling to get through the ninth. “Together, we can win elections,” the former Arizona congresswoman tells her Seattle audience before starting to stumble. After a moment of confused silence, an aide whispers the next line, and Giffords continues the broken sentence: […]

Did PTSD cause retired Marine to take guns to Mexico?

Did PTSD cause retired Marine to take guns to Mexico?

There’s no dispute retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi drove with three loaded guns in his truck into Mexico where firearms are illegal. Tahmooressi says he got lost on a California freeway ramp that sent him across the border with no way to turn back. His attorney argues Mexican Customs officials also violated his rights by […]

Adding guns for teachers in Missouri schools

A more far-reaching measure that sought to nullify federal gun control laws died

Adding guns for teachers in Missouri schools

Missouri lawmakers expanded the potential for teachers to bring guns to schools and for residents to openly carry firearms, in a vote Thursday that capped a two-year effort by the Republican-led Legislature to expand gun rights over the objection of the Democratic governor. The new law will allow specially trained school employees to carry concealed […]

Few laws govern children at gun ranges

the notion of giving a 9-year-old a fully automatic Uzi made many queasy

Few laws govern children at gun ranges

A 39-year-old firing-range instructor was killed Monday while showing a 9-year-old girl how to use an Uzi submachine gun. Charles Vacca’s death at the Last Stop outdoor shooting range in White Hills, Arizona, has raised questions about allowing young children access to such weapons at firing ranges. SHOULD YOUNG CHILDREN HANDLE FIREARMS LIKE UZIS? Gun […]

Supremes give win to anti-gun forces

Supremes give win to anti-gun forces

A divided Supreme Court sided with gun control groups and the Obama administration Monday, ruling that the federal ban on “straw” purchases of guns can be enforced even if the ultimate buyer is legally allowed to own a gun. The justices ruled 5-4 that the law applied to a Virginia man who bought a gun […]

In Georgia, most can carry guns almost anywhere

Some states have tightened gun laws but not Georgia

In Georgia, most can carry guns almost anywhere

Criticized by one group as the “guns everywhere” bill, Georgia took a big step Wednesday toward expanding where licensed carriers can take their weapons, with the governor signing a law that allows them in bars without restriction and in some churches, schools and government buildings under certain circumstances. Following mass shootings in recent years, some […]

Congress renews undectable gun law last at last minute

Congress renews undectable gun law last at last minute

Congress’ easy renewal of an expiring ban on undetectable plastic guns belies the larger reality that one year after the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Conn., major new firearms restrictions have little chance of enactment anytime soon. Lawmakers took an easy step Monday when the Democratic-run Senate unanimously gave final congressional approval to a bill […]