For the do-it-yourself crowd, building an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle is as easy as browsing ads on eBay, the online marketplace for everything from vintage dining room sets to video games and, it turns out, assault weapon parts.
The manufacturing, regulation and trafficking of weapons in the U.S. and around the globe
3 lawsuits attempt to hold gun makers, sellers liable for shootings
The lawsuit against Bushmaster Firearms International, the maker of the rifle that Adam Lanza used to kill 26 people in Newtown, Connecticut, is one o
In California, handguns enter 2nd decade of rising sales
More than 500,000 handguns were purchased in 2014 by California buyers who passed a background check. That’s more than twice the number of handguns sold five years ago.
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Get a glimpse at guns destroyed by police in Oakland, California
The police department has destroyed more than 2,000 guns since 2010. Some were surrendered or purchased in buyback programs, while many were recovered during criminal investigations.
Data on killings by law enforcement officers incomplete, hard to find
UC Berkeley law professor Franklin Zimring, who has written an article on law enforcement officers’ killings of civilians, calls the lack of reliable statistics a scandal and is advocating for a national database of such deaths.
State legislators look for ways to tighten armed-guard regulations
In Arizona and other states, legislators are exploring regulatory changes for armed security guards to address problems exposed by our Hired Guns investigation.
More colleges are arming campus police and security officers
In a new Bureau of Justice Statistics survey of more than 900 four-year colleges in the United States, 75 percent reported using armed guards on campus.
Guns at center of ‘Saturday night special’ lawsuit to be destroyed
Attorney Richard Ruggieri won a case against Bryco Arms after his client, a 7-year-old boy, was shot and paralyzed by one of the company’s Model 38 handguns. Now, more than a decade later, Ruggieri is planning to melt down the guns that aided him in the lawsuit against the gunmaker.
Armed guard found guilty of assault had troubled law enforcement past
A licensed armed guard with a troubled history as a police officer has been sentenced to five years in prison and five years’ probation for brutally beating a man during an attempted arrest.
Hired Guns: 9 takeaways from CIR’s series on armed security guards
Here are nine facts, culled from our Hired Guns investigation, to help you determine whether armed guards improve your safety.