National Rifle Association vows to “defeat the forces that have aligned against our freedom once and for call.d” The first target is getting a Republican Congress to require recognition by all states of concealed-handgun permits issued by other states.
Baltimore trauma surgeon Joseph Sakran was shot as a high school student. Now he leads a group of doctors seeking more federal funding for gun violence research. He says, “This is not a Democratic issue, not a Republican issue. This is an American issue.”
Analysts had expected gun sales to drop after the evaporation of the perceived threat that a Hillary Clinton presidency would lead to more gun control. The FBI background check system set a new record last Friday. One possible explanation: gun dealers trying to sell a large inventory they had stocked in anticipation of a Clinton victory.
Pro-gun forces will seek to remove legal curbs on firearms ownership during the Trump era. Gun-control supporters respond that they won three statewide votes, deny that the election was a referendum on gun rights.
Woman pleaded with store not to sell weapon to mentally-ill daughter, who then killed her father. Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence says the case sets a precedent under the legal concept called “negligent entrustment.”
At least six firms in Volusia County, Fla., manufacture ‘ghost gun” kits that allow buyers to assemble their own semi-automatic rifles. The parts have no serial numbers or other markings, making them untraceable. The kits take advantage of a loophole in federal gun laws, but one police chief said he has “huge concerns” over their easy availability.
A Journal of the American Medical Association study found strong evidence that laws strengthening background checks and purchase permits helped decrease gun homicide rates. A second JAMA paper found an increase in gun homicides following implementation of Florida’s stand-your-ground law in 2005. Such scientific studies of firearms have been rare since Congress began withholding funding for gun violence research 20 years ago.