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Black Friday Broke Background-Check Record

The previous record was set last year

(Newser) - On Black Friday this year, American shoppers may have bought record numbers of a perennial favorite: guns. The FBI says it had 203,086 requests for background checks on Friday, smashing the previous single-day record of 185,713, which was set on Black Friday last year, USA Today reports. The... More »

US Gun-Tracing Center Isn't Computerized, by Law

GQ takes a look at analog-era federal facility

(Newser) - Welcome to the National Tracing Center, the ATF-run facility that handles every request for a gun trace that comes in to the feds. Picturing a modern office building with computers spitting out owners' names? Allow Jeanne Marie Laskas at GQ to bust that image. The NTC is housed "in... More »

Kalashnikov Now Makes Drones, Boats, Clothing

US sanctions have forced a new business strategy

(Newser) - Get ready to see the Kalashnikov name on everything from drones and motorboats to menswear. Just three years ago, 40% of the Russian company's gun sales came from the US. Then in 2014, Russia was hit with US sanctions that put Kalashnikov $5.2 million in the red and... More »

Facebook Tries to Stamp Out Gun Sales

People had been using site to dodge background checks

(Newser) - Facebook left the NRA scrambling to find the "dislike" button on Friday when it announced a major crackdown on gun sales. The move, which also applies to Instagram, bans users from advertising or selling guns in person-to-person sales, reports Reuters . Licensed gun dealers and clubs can still advertise on... More »

Black Friday Broke Gun Sales Record

FBI dealt with more than 185K background checks

(Newser) - This year's Black Friday wasn't just the biggest sales day of the year, it was the biggest gun sales day in history, according to FBI data on background checks, which is seen as the best measure available for US gun sales. The agency says the National Instant Criminal... More »

Man Sells Gun, Then Is Killed With It

Suspect was banned from owning firearms

(Newser) - An Arizona teenager who illegally sold a gun to a man barred from owning firearms ended up getting shot dead with it during what police believe was an argument over another gun. Police say Tyrone Moore, 24, killed 18-year-old Elijah Williams in Glendale with a gun he had recently bought... More »

Gun Permit Requests Soar In Newtown

Residents react to strict Connecticut gun laws

(Newser) - Residents of Newtown, Conn., haven't exactly shied away from guns since the Sandy Hook massacre , reports Yahoo . Newtown police already have a stack of 209 gun permit requests, exceeding last year's 171 requests and more than doubling the 99 requests from 2011. But the horrendous massacre last year—... More »

Sell Handguns to Teens? NRA Is Wrong on This One

Bloomberg View editors: Supreme Court should reject NRA petition

(Newser) - The NRA wants people between the ages of 18 and 21 to have an easier time buying handguns, but "restrictions on youthful gun ownership already seem pretty porous," write the editors of Bloomberg View . In a recent petition to the US Supreme Court, the NRA asks that a... More »

Gun Store to Mark Kelly: No AR-15 Purchase for You

Sends him refund, won't give him firearm

(Newser) - Well, so much for that: Mark Kelly recently went to an Arizona gun store to buy an AR-15, his goal being to show how easy it is to procure one ... but now the gun store won't give it to him. After buying the gun, Kelly told CNN , "It... More »

New York Gun Dealers Agree to Gun Show Sales Rules

New regulations designed to prevent sales without background checks

(Newser) - The 23 operators responsible for more than 80% of gun show firearm sales in New York state have agreed to protocols to ensure buyers get criminal and mental health background checks, reports the New York Times . Under the new system, all guns brought into gun shows will be tagged with... More »

Walmart: OK, OK, We'll Meet With Biden on Guns

Retailer initially declined invitation to gun safety talks

(Newser) - Meetings of Joe Biden's gun control task force start this week, and Walmart made headlines right off when it initially declined to attend. The retailer—the largest seller of guns and ammo in the nation—apparently couldn't find anyone in its huge organization who could make it to... More »

As US Gun Sales Soar, Colorado, Connecticut Lag

But background checks up overall

(Newser) - Despite horrific mass shootings, people in Connecticut and Colorado aren't running to the gun store in droves like the rest of the country: Numbers of background checks—one way the firearms industry measures its success—are soaring nationwide, but not so much in those two states. November and December... More »

Semi-Automatic Rifles Selling Fast at Walmart

Bloomberg reports they're out of stock in some states

(Newser) - The decision by Dick's Sporting Goods to suspend sales of "modern sporting rifles"—industry vernacular for weapons similar to M-16s—might be paying off for Walmart. Bloomberg reports that the semi-automatic weapons are out of stock at many Walmarts across the country, including those in Pennsylvania, Kansas,... More »

Texas Gun Store Owner Offers Teachers' Discount

In wake of Newtown shooting, they get 10% off his class

(Newser) - Some firearm purveyors may have decided to lie low in the wake of the Newtown tragedy, but not Crockett Keller—he's having a sale. The Texas gun store owner is offering local teachers a 10% discount on his concealed carry handgun classes, the Huffington Post reports. "I thought,... More »

Nation's Top Gun Regulator Works ... Part Time

ATF's interim chief splits time as US attorney in Minnesota

(Newser) - The movement to tighten gun laws may be gaining steam , but the Washington Post reports that the federal agency charged with enforcing such laws might not be up to the challenge. Some of the problems with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms:
  • It hasn't had a director confirmed
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US Gun Sales Booming

Fear of Obama crackdown fuels surging biz

(Newser) - Fears that President Obama would take people's guns away in his first term proved to be unfounded, but a lot of people appear to think he's waiting for his second term. Gun sales are experiencing a major pre-election boom, just like they did four years ago, reports NBC... More »

Guy Orders TV, Gets Assault Rifle

Police investigating mix-up

(Newser) - A Washington, DC, musician who ordered a flat-screen TV from Amazon got quite a surprise when he opened the box to find ... a semiautomatic assault rifle instead. Seth Horvitz, 38, says he purchased the 39-inch television from a third-party seller. A box arrived from UPS Tuesday, and it seemed too... More »

Colorado Gun Sales Way Up After Dark Knight Shooting

Background checks for permits up more than 41%

(Newser) - The Dark Knight massacre at an Aurora theater has had an "insane" effect on gun sales in Colorado, says an employee of one gun store, where 15 to 20 people were waiting outside when it opened Friday morning after the shooting. Background checks for people attempting to purchase firearms... More »

Cop Accused of Selling Station's Guns on Street

He allegedly lifted them from colleagues' lockers

(Newser) - An NYPD officer was arrested last night after allegedly stealing his coworkers' guns and selling them on the street, the New York Post reports. Six-year force veteran Nicholas Mina, 31, allegedly broke into fellow officers' lockers to steal four 9mm firearms. Other items, including cash, an iPad, and bulletproof vests,... More »

Gun Dealer Linked to Mass Shootings Shuts Down

Cops probing reports from scores of stiffed customers

(Newser) - The online dealer who sold a handgun used in the Virginia Tech massacre and supplied equipment to two other mass shooters has shut down—not from a change of heart about his line of work, but because of scores of complaints from customers, reports AP . Eric Thompson's Wisconsin-based business,... More »

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