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Sam Stein

Fiancee Of Giffords Shooting Victim Works Hill As Gun Control Group Releases Chilling New Ad | Sam Stein | Posted 06.12.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the nation’s most powerful gun-control advocacy groups is out with a new ad, and a symbolic new spokeswoman, in an effort to pe...

It Could Have Been Less Deadly

Maria Cuomo Cole | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Maria Cuomo Cole

What happened in Tucson, if you were there? Seconds felt like an eternity for those on the scene; taut cracks of sound the human mind interprets as ...

Virginia Tech Student Colin Goddard Returns to Campus, With Powerful Film

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

In a new documentary, a student wounded in the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting demonstrates how easy it is to purchase firearms without a background check or basic identification.

ATF, Strong Gun Laws Needed to Fight Illegal Guns

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

The Washington Post has recently reported that the already under-funded ATF may soon face a 13% budget cut, which would be devastating to the the agency's ability to interrupt the flow of illegal guns across America and Mexico.

Sam Stein

The Giffords Gun Clip: How A 'Weapon Of Mass Destruction' Became 'The Weapon Of Choice' | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Is there a good reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun? This is the question being asked in the wake of the shooting of Democra...

Congress Must Rein in Gun Industry in Response to Giffords Assassination Attempt

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

A Member of Congress has been shot in the head. If her attempted murder does not force Congress and President Obama to face the gun issue, what will?

Ammunition Manufacturer Urged To Keep Jobs In Illinois

AP | JIM SUHR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

EAST ALTON, Ill. — Two federal lawmakers urged Olin Corp. on Wednesday to reconsider its possible plans to move 1,000 jobs from its ammunition-m...

Doctor Removes LIVE AMMO From Soldier's HEAD

AP | PAULINE JELINEK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — A U.S. military doctor removed a live round of ammunition from the head of an Afghan soldier in an unusual and harrowing surgery. ...

Schwarzenegger Delivers Gun Violence Prevention Advocates Victory In California

Paul Helmke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Helmke

Last week, Governor Schwarzenegger signed a law that requires handgun ammunition to be treated by retailers in much the same way that cigarettes, cold medicines and even spray paint are treated.

Shortage Of Ammunition: Demand Is Up Despite Drop In Crime Rate | David A. Fahrenthold and Fredrick Kunkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a year of job losses, foreclosures and bag lunches, Americans have spent record-breaking amounts of money on guns and ammunition. The most obvious ...

Demand For Guns After Obama's Election Leads To Ammo Shortage

AP | MARY FOSTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Bullet-makers are working around the clock, seven days a week, and still can't keep up with the nation's demand for ammunition.

Shooting ranges, gun dealers and bullet manufacturers say they have never seen such shortages. Bullets, especially for handguns, have been scarce for months because gun enthusiasts are stocking up on ammo, in part because they fear President Barack Obama and the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass antigun legislation – even though nothing specific has been proposed and the president last month signed a law allowing people to carry loaded guns in national parks.

Gun sales spiked when it became clear Obama would be elected a year ago and purchases continued to rise in his first few months of office. The FBI's National Instant Criminal Background Check System reported that 6.1 million background checks for gun sales were issued from January to May, an increase of 25.6 percent from the same period the year before.

"That is going to cause an upswing in ammunition sales," said Larry Keane, senior vice president of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association representing about 5,000 members. "Without bullets a gun is just a paper weight."

The shortage for sportsmen is different than the scarcity of ammo for some police forces earlier this year, a dearth fueled by an increase in ammo use by the military in Iraq and Afghanistan.