Putin Calls for ‘Tightening’ Russian Gun Controls

After a deadly mass shooting in the Crimean city of Kerch last week, Russia’s president is demanding legislation for “tightening control” of firearms. He was backed by a senior security official who said Russians weren’t ready for “large-scale possession” of guns.

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Self-Defense Study Challenges Gun Control Advocates

Does firearm ownership deter crime?  Florida gun researcher Gary Kleck says data he collated showing more than one million instances where gun owners fired in self-defense in the 1990s was never reported by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control—even though the data was obtained in CDC surveys.

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Americans Own World’s Largest Arsenal of Firearms: Survey

There are more than one billion firearms in the world, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group. US civilians own 120.5 firearms per 100 residents—the highest global ratio—a figure the survey attributes to both the national ‘gun culture’ and the expiration of a federal assault weapons ban in 2004.

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AMA Joins Calls for Tougher Gun Background Checks, Restraining Orders

At its annual meeting last week, the American Medical Association House of Delegates backed a sweeping set of actions aimed at reducing the nation’s toll from gun violence. The association called on policymakers to seek “common ground.” It was the second major group, following the nation’s top think tank on policing, to weigh in on the issue.