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Assault Weapons Ban Talk Sparks Rise in Gun Sales

Assault Weapons Ban Talk Sparks Rise in Gun Sales

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The National Rifle Association may still get its way and defeat the lawmakers calling for a ban on the sale of assault rifles, but some gun store owners say it seems their customers aren’t taking any chances.”We have…

Baltimore Police Chief Wants to Ban High-Capacity Firepower

Baltimore Police Chief Wants to Ban High-Capacity Firepower

File photo. iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BALTIMORE) — High-capacity magazines are the deadliest of gun cartridges. They come in cases of 30, 40, 60 and even 120 rounds.These magazines are maximum, economy-sized firepower packed into a steel cartridge. When…

Bushmasters Disappearing from Shelves After Newtown Shooting

Bushmasters Disappearing from Shelves After Newtown Shooting

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) — Two reasons explain why the Bushmaster rifle — the weapon implicated in the mass murder of children in Newtown, Conn. — is disappearing fast from gun store shelves: It’s been vilified and it remains hu…

US Gun Homicide Rate Higher Than Other Developed Countries

US Gun Homicide Rate Higher Than Other Developed Countries

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The faces of those 20 first graders massacred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, their devoted teachers and the gunman’s mother have made the issue of gun control the subject of a national conversation, leaving many a…

Strict Gun Control Laws in South Korea

Strict Gun Control Laws in South Korea

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — When news of frequent shooting incidents comes out of the United States, Koreans let out a small sigh of relief for living in a place where gun ownership is strictly illegal.Military service for Korean men …

Trauma Surgeons Call for ‘War on Ammunition’

Trauma Surgeons Call for ‘War on Ammunition’

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MIAMI) — Skyla Davis was shot before she was even born.Her mother, Tiffany Davis, 27 and eight months pregnant, was leaving a convenience store Dec. 9 in Miami when gang members started shooting in her neighborhood.One bullet st…

Parents of Slain Japanese Student Push for Gun Control from Afar

Parents of Slain Japanese Student Push for Gun Control from Afar

Courtesy of Masaichi Hattori(TOKYO) — Mieko Hattori continues to fight for her son, 20 years later.In 1992, her teenage son Yoshihiro, an exchange student, was gunned down in Baton Rouge, La., after he accidentally approached the wrong house, dressed …

Parents of Slain Japanese Student Push for Gun Control from Afar

Parents of Slain Japanese Student Push for Gun Control from Afar

Courtesy of Masaichi Hattori(TOKYO) — Mieko Hattori continues to fight for her son, 20 years later.In 1992, her teenage son Yoshihiro, an exchange student, was gunned down in Baton Rouge, La., after he accidentally approached the wrong house, dressed …

Investment Firm Drops Stake in Bushmaster Group in Wake of Shooting

Investment Firm Drops Stake in Bushmaster Group in Wake of Shooting

iStockphoto/Thinkstock (file photo)(NEW YORK) — A major investment firm said on Tuesday it is dropping its stake in the group of companies that manufacture the assault-style rifle that officials said was used in last week’s rampage at a Connecticut el…

Americans Tried to Buy 2 Million Guns in November Alone

Americans Tried to Buy 2 Million Guns in November Alone

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The awful shooting in a small Connecticut town has raised disturbing questions, but has also placed a spotlight on America’s thriving gun business. Taking a look at Black Friday just last month, U.S. shoppers weren’t…

The Changing Gun Control Laws in America

The Changing Gun Control Laws in America

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Friday’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., is the second deadliest shooting in American history, but whether this mass tragedy will yield any legislative action on gun control laws re…

Houston, Philadelphia Kids Accidently Shoot Themselves at Home

Houston, Philadelphia Kids Accidently Shoot Themselves at Home

George Doyle/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — A 4-year-old boy in Houston accidently shot himself in the head, and a 5-year-old girl in Philadelphia shot herself in the foot after both children got a hold of their parents’ guns Tuesday night while playing at hom…

Gun Sales in 2012 on Pace to Break Record

Gun Sales in 2012 on Pace to Break Record

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — This year has been a record setting one for gun sales.  As of November, the FBI recorded 16,808,538 instant background checks for gun purchases for 2012.Even without counting December, which has historicall…

Woman Turns in Valuable WWII Gun at Police Station Weapon Buy-Back

Woman Turns in Valuable WWII Gun at Police Station Weapon Buy-Back

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) — Just like a scene out of Antiques Roadshow, a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station’s gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $40,…

Woman Turns in Valuable WWII Gun at Police Station Weapon Buy-Back

Woman Turns in Valuable WWII Gun at Police Station Weapon Buy-Back

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) — Just like a scene out of Antiques Roadshow, a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station’s gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $40,…

Woman Turns in Valuable WWII Gun at Police Station Weapon Buy-Back

Woman Turns in Valuable WWII Gun at Police Station Weapon Buy-Back

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) — Just like a scene out of Antiques Roadshow, a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station’s gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $40,…

Woman Turns in Valuable WWII Gun at Police Station Weapon Buy-Back

Woman Turns in Valuable WWII Gun at Police Station Weapon Buy-Back

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HARTFORD, Conn.) — Just like a scene out of Antiques Roadshow, a woman in Hartford, Conn., turned in an old rifle to her local police station’s gun buy-back, only to discover the gun was worth anywhere from $20,000 to $40,…

Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Those Under 21

Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Those Under 21

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — The National Rifle Association has to make a decision whether it will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal Thursday’s federal appellate court’s unanimous ruling that people under 21 don’t necessarily have the…

Rare $200,000 ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Guns Go Up for Auction

Rare $200,000 ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Guns Go Up for Auction

Hulton Archive/Getty Images(NASHUA, N.H.) — The story of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the love-struck bandits who rose to fame during America’s “public enemy” era before suffering a violent death at the hands of police, has resonated across g…

Guns in America, a Statistical Look

Guns in America, a Statistical Look

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — There are more than 129,817 federally licensed firearms dealers in the United States, according to the latest Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives numbers (as of Aug. 1).  Of those, 51,438 are …

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