Background checks, a metric for gun sales, hit all-time high

Historic numbers of background checks to purchase or possess a firearm were done in June, a trend in a year marked by uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic, a subsequent economic recession, protes...

Could the police shooting in Atlanta have been prevented?

It started off as routine: a man asleep in his car in a fast-food drive-thru. But it rapidly spun out of control when Atlanta police tried to handcuff and arrest Rayshard Brooks for being intoxicated....

Could this latest police shooting have been prevented?

It started off as routine: a man asleep in his car in a fast-food drive-thru. But it rapidly spun out of control when Atlanta police tried to handcuff and arrest Rayshard Brooks for being intoxicated....

Retired officer, ex-college athlete among victims of unrest

One man was a retired St. Louis police captain checking on his friend's shop. Another was the beloved owner of a Louisville barbecue restaurant who provided free meals to officers. Yet another was a m...

Police, experts condemn knee restraint used on George Floyd

Police around the nation and law enforcement experts on Thursday broadly condemned the way George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody this week, was restrained by an officer who dug his knee...

Coronavirus hits world superpowers as some look to reopen

As health officials issued warnings Tuesday against reopening economies too quickly, the coronavirus struck inside some of the world’s superpowers, with a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin ...

Background checks for firearms remain high amid pandemic

The number of April background checks to purchase a firearm showed Americans flocking to gun stores in high numbers for the second month in a row amid worries about the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears

Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans panicked about their safety during the coronavirus crisis. ...

Trump administration rules gun shops 'essential' amid virus

The Trump administration has ruled that gun shops are considered “essential” businesses that should remain open as other businesses are closed to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. Gun control gro...

Handling mail amid coronavirus: Low risk but wash your hands

Is it safe to pick up your mail? How about those packages from your online orders? And how safe are the people we count on to make those deliveries? Health experts say the risks are ...

Mass killings database: Workplace shootings remain rare

The mass shooting at a brewery in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was the 13th in the U.S. since 2006. Workplace mass shootings remain a rare event but there are some trends among who carries them out and why. ...

Gun industry gathers amid slumping sales, rising tensions

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gun companies are gathering for their annual conference and trade show this week in Las Vegas at a pivotal moment for the industry amid slumping sales, a public increasingly agitating...

US mass killings hit new high in 2019, most were shootings

The first one occurred 19 days into the new year when a man used an ax to kill four family members including his infant daughter. Five months later, 12 people were killed in a workplace shooting in Vi...

Pensacola gunman got around a ban on foreigners buying guns

Generally, foreigners are not allowed to buy guns in the United States. But there are exceptions written into federal law, which may explain how the Saudi flight student who shot three servicemen to d...

‘Ghost guns’ are untraceable, easy to make, more prevalent

It’s relatively easy and perfectly legal to make your own firearm. It can cost just a few hundred dollars to get the necessary parts and then just a bit of elbow grease to assemble it. ...