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One in Three Americans Personally Own a Gun.

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Deadliest U.S. mass shootings

FBI commemorates a bloody 1986 shootout in Miami. William Matix, 24, and Michael Lee Platt, 32, the suspects opened fire with a shotgun and a .223-cal. Ruger Mini-14 rifle, which packed more power and carried more ammunition than anything the agents had. Some had semiautomatic handguns and one had a 12-gauge shotgun, but many only were armed only with difficult-to-reload revolvers. Only two wore body armor, and even that wasn't strong enough to stop the rifle's rounds.

Seeing Loose Gun Laws as Still Too Tight.

Law enforcement officials say a 5.7-millimeter pistol used in the Fort Hood shooting rampage was purchased legally at a Texas gun store. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case. Records indicate Hasan bought the FN 5.7 at store called "Guns Galore" in Killeen, Texas, well before the attack that left 13 people dead. The pistol has been dubbed a "cop killer" by those who have tried to stop its use. The most powerful type of ammunition for the gun is available only to law enforcement and military personnel. Gun control advocates call it a "cop killer" weapon because that ammo can pierce bulletproof vests, and its use by Mexican drug cartels worries police.

'Open-carry' gun advocates pack heat at Escondido mall.

Fear of gun limits fuels a burst of demand for bullets. Since President Obama's election, demand for guns and ammunition has skyrocketed. Gun shops have trouble keeping bullets in stock.,0,2720417.story?page=1

Man carries assault rifle to Obama protest -- and it's legal.

The Guns of August.

Enabling the Gun Nuts.

The Politics of the Jackboot.

Man carrying assault weapon attends Obama protest.

On the other side of the street from the school, Republicans and other opponents played music including "Proud to be an American." One opponent, William Kostric, who said he was in his 30s and from Manchester, had a handgun strapped to his leg. Kostric -- who was holding up a sign declaring, "It is time to water the tree of liberty," a slogan popular with anti-government activists -- said he was licensed to carry a gun. "It’s a political statement,” Kostric said, adding "If you don’t use your rights, then you lose your rights.” Police asked him to move away from school property, where guns are not allowed, but he was not arrested. He moved to church property a short distance from the school. Portsmouth police spokesman Lt. Frank Warchol said that as long as a weapon is not concealed and is not carried on the school property, a person is not breaking state law. "We can't do anything about it," he said. "Obviously he's on our radar screen at this time."

From iPhone Apps to Beer Holders, Killer Accessories for Your Guns.

“Teddy Tactical” is our logo, mascot, and representation of man’s virtues. He is our spokesman on matters dealing with honor, dedication to duty, tactics, and the need to be armed, alert, and ready at all times. Teddy is the embodiment of those many attributes that made our country the great nation it is and that will keep it in its predominate position in the world. “Domari Nolo” is Latin for "I will not be subjugated". It was the regimental motto of the First Continental Regiment. It was a rifle battalion that was formed by the Continental Congress in response to the Lexington/Concord engagements.

Media conservatives fearmongering: Obama will "take away your gun" Summary: Since President Obama's election, several conservative media figures have warned their audiences that Obama is planning to, in the words of Glenn Beck, "slowly but surely take away your gun or take away your ability to shoot a gun, carry a gun" or have suggested that a government effort to ban guns is likely.

Issue of Gun Rights Still Holds Sway.

Crazy About Guns. The press spooks its readers about increased gun purchases.


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3D Printed

Feds say 3D printed guns explode, can injure users. Plastic gun reliability depends on materials and type of 3D printer used to make them, ATF tests show. Feds say 3D printed guns explode, can injure users. Plastic gun reliability depends on materials and type of 3D printer used to make them, ATF tests show. The firearm tested, however, looked like The Liberator, the world's first 3D printed gun, which was created by Cody Wilson and his company Defense Distributed. Cody has said he was able to successfully fire the weapon after it was printed using a second-hand industrial Stratasys Dimension SST 3D printer. The machine, about the size of a refrigerator, was purchased for about $8,000 from eBay.

Second Amendment

The Conventions of a number of the States having, at the time of adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added, and as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government will best insure the beneficent ends of its institution;

Resolved, by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two-thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following articles be proposed to the Legislatures of the several States, as amendments to the Constitution of the United States; all or any of which articles, when ratified by three-fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the said Constitution, namely:

Amendment II

A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

Supreme Court Ruling

Every home a gun; everyone a shooter? MITCH ALBOM So everyone has a gun. Let's start with that idea. Everyone has a gun. What will this mean? In the minds of some people -- those who think last week's Supreme Court decision protecting gun ownership was wonderful -- it means if you come after me now, I can take you down. If you try to take what's mine, I can defend myself -- by shooting you dead, if need be. If I'm scared, I don't need to be, because I have my gun. If you scare me and I want to scare you back, I can, because I have my gun. The next burglar who tries to rape or kill an innocent party? He gets shot instead. The next lunatic who tries to shoot up a restaurant? Five people can take him down from five angles. Everyone has a gun. Everyone can shoot. And as soon as the other handgun laws are dismantled (And great news! Many now can be!), the good guys won't have to cower anymore. The bad guys will have to worry. This evens the playing field. Hallelujah. Finally, the Second Amendment is interpreted correctly. Our long national nightmare is over. But on the other hand ...

Guns, yes and no. Individuals have a right to own firearms, the Supreme Court rules. But there can still be limits.,0,7047953.story

Open Carry

Picnickers pack heat. Gun enthusiasts meet peacefully at Warren park to prove point. The quiet afternoon had only a single glitch, when one of the armed enthusiasts tried to walk to the park from his home in Warren. Police received a 911 call from a panicked woman about a man walking around with a gun. About 12 officers responded, but immediately sent the man on his way when he proved the gun was legally registered. Police Commissioner William Dwyer said they "would have been remiss" not to stop the man and question him. The incident upset some members of the club, who said educating police about gun laws was one of their themes for the day. "It's about being educational without being confrontational," Gibson said. He had plenty of officers to discuss the incident with because Warren police were out in force. Police set up a mobile command station at the park, two officers in uniform walked the grounds, an undercover officer watched the crowd with binoculars from the parking lot, and Dwyer made a personal appearance to chat with participants. The cops kept things friendly, explaining to club members they were there to protect them from "undesirables" who might try to show up with non-permitted weapons. "We were nervous initially about who would show up," Capt. Scott Pavlik said. "We're just being careful, but it's been very orderly." Mostly, the participants discussed how weapons save lives and deter crime by frightening criminals. "I can't carry at work, but if I'm going to the store or the coffee shop on weekends, I'll carry," said Brian Jeffs, a club member and senior geologist for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Gun Control

An Essential Guide To Gun Safety For People Who Hate Guns

A crowd of more than 150 people gathered near the Vance Monument Saturday to voice opposition to pending gun control legislation. Some of the protesters were openly armed. Organized via Facebook, the "Day of Resistance" rally drew gun advocates who feel that "the Constitution is being trampled." Speeches by local conservative pundits Dr. Dan Eichenbaum and Dr. Carl Mumpower stressed gun ownership as a civil liberty in the face of an overbearing federal government. Asheville police maintained a visible presence, but, according to officers on scene, the carrying of weapons by the protesters was not illegal.

Garza said, "We're not going to give up our assault weapons and we're not going to give up any weapon, as a matter of fact." With this rally, they're hoping to get their message all the way to Sacramento, if not Washington D.C., but many people don't agree with that message. Former war correspondent Terry Phillips said, "No rational person is suggesting that we should gather up all the guns. Even if somebody thought we should do that, I don't know how that would even be possible." He said there isn't a simple solution to the complicated issue of gun control. "I wish it were as simple as saying well let's just give everybody a gun. Imagine, in some of these cases, some of the extreme case, if there had been a lot more armed people. My guess is, a lot of innocent people, a lot more innocent people, probably would've been shot," said Phillips. But anti-gun control activists are pushing toward their goal, unifying americans behind the second amendment. Anti-gun control activist Priscilla Kelly said, "I hope that the politicians are listening, both democratic and republican and hear our voice." Organizers say about 50,000 people, in more than 30 states, signed up to participate in the day of resistance. They say 1,700 people were at the rally in Bakersfield.

'Day of Resistance': Thousands of gun law protesters rally across US.

Steve Rinella, an author and lifelong hunter, has been watching closely as this debate has been reignited. He spoke with our colleague Steve Inskeep. I was brought up knowing that I could use them to feed myself, and I do that now. I have family in Montana and Alaska. I travel to those places to hunt. Now, if someone were to come forth and say, you know, we've decided that it's a bad idea that American citizens can move from state to state with firearms, I know that the NRA would notify me of that risk, and they would defend my rights in that sense. But, again, we know that there are vulnerabilities that we have, you know, that we have the ability to drive around to our hunting locations with firearms, to fly in airplanes with firearms. I have a two-and-a-half-year-old son. I have a week-old daughter. They're not in school yet. When I imagine forward to when they do begin school and I think about their safety, would I feel better about their safety knowing that there was an assault weapon ban possibly in the future? Or would I feel better about or more secure in their safety knowing that they were going to go to a school that had a similar type of armed guard presence that you'd find at a sporting event, that you'd find in a bank? I would feel better about them going to school where they were protected by armed guards. That, to me, seems concrete and tangible, and it addresses whatever persons that might want to attack children, whatever their motivations are, whatever their capabilities are, however they decide to go about doing it, it would present a level of safety - if I was selecting a school for my kids.

In recent years the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has also lifted virtually all restrictions on imports of foreign-made assault weapons, permitting a flood of cheap Romanian, Bulgarian and other Eastern European AK-47s to enter the country, according to gun-control groups. "There's been an absolute deluge of these weapons," says Kristen Rand of the Violence Policy Center.

The future of gun control. What should we expect from the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress? Paul Helmke and Richard Feldman finish their debate.,0,3114836.story

How gun makers can help us. Make firearms manufacturers figure out how to reduce the 12,000 shooting deaths each year.,0,6316962.story

Gun Laws

Frequently Asked Questions, CA DOJ

Regulatory Gun Safe Standards

DOJ regulatory standards require a gun safe to meet either:

All of the following requirements:

  1. Shall be able to fully contain firearms and provide for their secure storage;
  2. Shall have a locking system consisting of at minimum a mechanical or electronic combination lock. The mechanical or electronic combination lock utilized by the safe shall have at least 10,000 possible combinations consisting of a minimum three numbers, letters, or symbols. The lock shall be protected by a case-hardened (Rc 60+) drill-resistant steel plate, or drill-resistant material of equivalent strength;
  3. Boltwork shall consist of a minimum of three steel locking bolts of at least ½ inch thickness that intrude from the door of the safe into the body of the safe or from the body of the safe into the door of the safe, which are operated by a separate handle and secured by the lock;
  4. Shall be capable of repeated use. The exterior walls shall be constructed of a minimum 12-gauge thick steel for a single-walled safe, or the sum of the steel walls shall add up to at least .100 inches for safes with two walls. Doors shall be constructed of a minimum of two layers of 12-gauge steel, or one layer of 7-gauge steel compound construction;
  5. Door hinges shall be protected to prevent the removal of the door. Protective features include, but are not limited to: hinges not exposed to the outside, interlocking door designs, dead bars, jeweler’s lugs and active or inactive locking bolts.


All of the following requirements:

  1. Is listed as an Underwriters Laboratories Residential Security Container;
  2. Is able to fully contain firearms;
  3. Provides for the secure storage of firearms.