Gun Control

First Major Second Amendment Case Before the Supreme Court in Over a Decade Could Topple Gun Restrictions

COMMENTARY | At issue is the right to carry handguns in public, not just keep them at home.

Red Flag Laws Are Saving Lives. They Could Save More.

Extreme risk protection orders are an underused tool to prevent gun violence.

Liberals Think Gun Violence is a Big Problem, Conservatives Not So Much

Overall, around half of all U.S. residents see gun violence as a huge issue in the country, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center.

The States With the Most Armed Protests

New research seeks to document instances across the U.S. where people demonstrated with firearms. A sizable share of the gatherings took place at government sites.

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Right to Carry Concealed Gun

The lawsuit challenging a New York law that restricts the ability to carry firearms outside the home would be the first major Second Amendment case heard by the court in a decade.

Gun Rules Advanced in Many States Even Before Recent Shootings

Republican lawmakers, meanwhile, have loosened gun regulations in several states.

New Poll Finds 54% of Americans Support Stricter Gun Laws

But more Democrats want tougher restrictions than Republicans, with independents split on the issue, according to a Quinnipiac University survey.

Texas House Approves Bill that Would Allow People to Carry a Gun Without a License

House Bill 1927 would nix the requirement for Texas residents to obtain a license to carry handguns if they’re not prohibited by state or federal law from possessing a gun. Texans under current state law must generally be licensed to carry handguns, either openly or concealed.

Mayors Urge Senate to Approve Gun Background Check Bills

Two House proposals would extend the checks to private transfers and the time dealers must wait before transferring a gun to a customer.

Biden Calls For ‘Red Flag’ Gun Law, Increased Local Violence Prevention Grants

President Biden said U.S. gun violence is an “embarrassment” as he announced a series of actions to tighten firearms regulations.

Georgia Senate Approves Bill to Ease Gun Restrictions

The bill, which comes just two weeks after mass shootings at spas in the Atlanta area, would allow people from outside Georgia to carry concealed weapons in the state.

Why America's Great Crime Decline Is Over

COMMENTARY | Even before the recent mass shootings, violent crime was surging to its highest rate in 30 years. Patrick Sharkey illuminates what's happening.

Two Ohio Cities Sue State Over Gun Background Check System

Dayton and Columbus officials announced their lawsuit on Monday, saying the state attorney general’s office needs to fix a system that doesn’t always contain information about people with felony convictions.

As Anxieties Rise, Californians Buy Hundreds of Thousands More Guns

Gun rights activists, gun control supporters and public health experts largely agree that the increase in gun sales is driven by fear, uncertainty and longing for a greater sense of protection.

State Ban on ‘High Capacity’ Gun Magazines Violates 2nd Amendment, 9th Circuit Rules

The California law, tied up in court since it was approved by voters in 2016, would ban the possession of firearms magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds.

The Overlooked Role of Guns in the Police-Reform Debate

COMMENTARY | Something is weirdly absent from the general discussion about police violence in America: the weapon most commonly used to inflict it.

Multiple Gun Cases Rejected By Supreme Court

The court hasn’t handed down a major Second Amendment ruling in about a decade. On Monday, it for now put off the possibility of changing that anytime soon.

Supreme Court Dismisses First Major Gun Case in a Decade

But at least four conservative justices made clear they would like to see the court take up another gun rights case soon.

Another Side Effect of Covid-19: More Guns

Researchers warn that the risks of gun ownership are now heightened by factors associated with the pandemic.

Are Gun Stores Essential During a Pandemic? Depends on Where You Live

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued guidance that deems firearms stores essential services, but state and local governments have drawn different conclusions on whether gun stores should remain open.