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The Battle Over the Armor-Piercing AR-15 Bullet Is a Problem of the Gun Industry's Own Making

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 03.04.2015 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

The gun industry knew this new breed of assault pistol could trigger restrictions on specific types of ammunition that are considered armor-piercing when used in a handgun, but it moved ahead anyway, driven by the need to create new, militarized market categories in the face of declining household gun ownership. Now they are attempting to rewrite history.

Why 'Armor-Piercing' Bullets Are Flying Off the Shelves

Mike Weisser | Posted 03.02.2015 | Politics
Mike Weisser

You know that something's up in the gun business when Rush Limbaugh starts talking about gun control. And what he was talking about this past week was the decision by the ATF to create a new standard for exempting certain kinds of so-called 'armor-piercing' bullets from the ban that Congress placed on such ammo in 1986.

Missouri Is the Latest State to Prohibit Doctors From Talking About Guns

Mike Weisser | Posted 12.20.2014 | Politics
Mike Weisser

The real reason that the gunnies want to push physicians out of the discussion about gun violence is because the NRA and its allies want to disconnect gun ownership from violence to make their products more acceptable, more enjoyable, more normal for every dad and mom.

The NRA: Gun Industry Trade Association Masqerading as a Shooting Sports Foundation

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Since 2005, gun industry "corporate partners," as the NRA likes to call them, have donated between $19.3 million and $60.2 million to the NRA. This partnership will be on full display at the annual meeting -- which itself is sponsored by firearm accessories vendor MidwayUSA.

Gun Industry Hawks Militarized Products at Vegas SHOT Show

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 03.18.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

This is not your grandfather's gun industry that met the needs of hunters and sportsmen. Instead, gun companies are promoting assault rifles like the AR-15, AK-47, and numerous others as the profit center of last resort.

Remembering Newtown, One Year Later

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Much will be said in the coming days about how successful advocates have been in achieving their goals since 12/14. And make no mistake: Given the opposition we face, we cannot expect to win overnight. The NRA, a trade association for the gun industry masquerading as a shooting sports foundation, has worked for decades to block any policy that could negatively affect the industry's bottom line. They've taken tens of millions of dollars in donations from gun companies that care more about increased profits than protecting public safety. But over the long term, it's important to know that the NRA represents an industry on the decline. Newtown and other recent mass shootings have greatly increased public awareness of gun violence, helping spur a growing grassroots movement in favor of action that shows no sign of slowing down.

NRA 'Corporate Partner' Exploits JFK Death in American Rifleman Ad

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

Lee Harvey Oswald buys his rifle through the NRA's American Rifleman magazine. Fifty years later, the magazine marks the anniversary by offering a "Historic NRA Exclusive Offer" hawking silver JFK half dollars issued after his assassination.

Healing Beyond Bandages

Rabbi Aaron Alexander | Posted 10.23.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Aaron Alexander

Yes, we certainly need more regulations and oversight over who can buy a gun, what guns are acceptable for public ownership, and when and where they can be carried.

Cerberus Capital: Profiting From Guns and Gun Violence

John Rosenthal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
John Rosenthal

When it comes to the health industry, the idea of hospitals having an interest in deadly firearms and ammunition, a major source of injury and death, makes even the most hardened Wall Street executives feel uncomfortable.

The Conspiracy Theory the NRA Hates

Josh Horwitz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Insurrectionist rhetoric might work well in marketing firearms to civilians on the far right wing of American politics. But with police chiefs and generals? Not so much.

'Sex And The City' Inspired Handbag Is Designed To Conceal Firearms

Forbes | Susannah Breslin | Posted 06.05.2013 | Small Business

Forbes A gun in your bra not quite your style? Leslie Deets would like to sell you a concealed carry handbag. Make that a Concealed Carrie ha...

This Is What Happens When The Gun Industry Sees Kids As Customers

The Huffington Post | Christina Wilkie & Nick Wing | Posted 05.14.2013 | Politics

The percentage of American households that reported owning guns dropped more than 40 percent between 1977 and 2010, according to surveys by the Univer...

NRA Meets in Houston to Promote Gun Industry's 'Latest and Greatest Products'

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

While the NRA promises that the annual convention will draw more than 70,000 attendees, left unstated is the fact the vast majority of these participants aren't there to attend the organization's annual "meeting of members" but to see the products of the organization's gun industry patrons.

The Political Suicide of Kelly Ayotte

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

Senator Kelly Ayotte this week became the poster child for callousness in her confrontation with Erica Lafferty, the daughter of the slain principal of Sandy Hook.

John Celock

Gun Battle Reignites Border War | John Celock | Posted 05.02.2013 | Politics

The Republican-controlled Missouri House of Representatives advanced two more pro-gun measures this week in an effort to compete with neighboring Kans...

Gunmaker Reports Huge Profit Growth

AP | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business

SOUTHPORT, Conn. (AP) — Gunmaker Sturm, Ruger & Co.'s net income jumped 53 percent as gun sales surged. Its stock rose in late trading after it anno...

Lost in Boston's Carnage...

Rick Horowitz | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

The Senate fails the nation. ...

15 Things The Gun Industry Doesn't Want You To Know

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.18.2013 | Business

The National Rifle Association certainly wasn’t shy about its opposition to the Senate's failed deal to expand gun background checks. But there are ...

States Lure Gunmakers With Less Restrictive Laws

AP | By MORGAN TRUE and BECKY BOHRER | Posted 05.29.2013 | Business

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Firearms manufacturers upset over newly restrictive gun laws and proposals in their home states are getting a message from othe...

GOP Blocks Obama Nominee Amid Opposition From Gun Industry

AP | HENRY C. JACKSON | Posted 05.06.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked the confirmation of federal appeals court nominee Caitlin Halligan for the second time, denying ...

Gun Maker Reports Huge Earnings

AP | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Smith & Wesson Holding Corp.'s earnings more than tripled in the firearms maker's latest quarter as consumers scrambled to...

The NRA's Flip-Flop on Machine Guns

Josh Sugarmann | Posted 04.24.2013 | Politics
Josh Sugarmann

According to National Rifle Association President David Keene, fully automatic weapons should be illegal. As far as I know, this is actually news.

LaPierre Reveals True Purpose Behind Assault Weapons

Josh Horwitz | Posted 04.06.2013 | Politics
Josh Horwitz

Once average Americans understand the interplay between the militarization of civilian weaponry and the gun lobby's devotion to insurrectionist rhetoric, the gig is up for Wayne & Co.

What the NRA and My Son Have in Common

Kim Siegal | Posted 04.02.2013 | Parents
Kim Siegal

To quote Wayne LaPierre, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." You know who else thinks of the world this way, where the bad guys need to be beaten and the good guys save the day? My 4-year-old son.

Beyond Gun Control: Regulating Virtual Violence and Video Games

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

Worthwhile as gun control is, America also needs to address violence from the other side -- the side of our culture.