House Democrats to Push Background Check Bill

The legislation aims to close longstanding loopholes in federal law, which requires criminal background checks when guns are sold by licensed dealers but allows private citizens to sell and transfer guns to each other without a background check. The bill is likely to pass the House and fail in the Senate.

Gun Ownership Rising Across Europe, Terrorism Fears Blamed

The uptick was prompted partly by perceptions of insecurity arising from terrorist attacks, but Europe is still no match for the high levels of gun prevalence in Latin America or the U.S., Worldwide civilian ownership of firearms rose 32 percent in the decade through 2017, with Europe accounting for for less than 10 percent of the total.