Tag: Firearms

Beyond the Grave, the N.R.A.’s $56 Million Donor Lives On

FAIRFAX, Va. — The National Rifle Association’s largest donor is a magazine magnate, avid hunter and gun collector who died a dozen years ago. The gun group has long kept the identities of most donors shrouded in secrecy. It is not required to make them public, and has even resisted turning over records of its […]

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New Zealand Begins Gun Buyback Prompted by Mosque Attacks

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — More than 150 gun owners turned in semiautomatic weapons and gun parts to the police in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday, the first day of nationwide gun buyback events after the government banned most such firearms in the wake of a terrorist attack on mosques in the city. Mike Johnson, the […]

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Can Gun Makers Be Held Accountable for Mass Shootings?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Via Apple Podcasts | Via RadioPublic | Via Stitcher As mass shootings became commonplace, attempts to hold gun makers accountable kept hitting the same roadblock — until now. We look at a lawsuit that could transform the firearms industry. [For an exclusive look at how […]

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Setting Sights on the AR-15: After Las Vegas Shooting, Lawyers Target Gun Companies

For years, advocates of gun control have struggled to pierce a legal shield that protects firearms manufacturers from liability, even as gunmen in mass shootings have relied on their powerful wares to amplify the carnage of their attacks. More than a decade ago, New York City failed in its bid to go after some gunmakers […]

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N.R.A. Donor Directs a Revolt Against a ‘Radioactive’ Leader

NASHVILLE — Even as the National Rifle Association has been consumed by relentless and increasingly public infighting, Wayne LaPierre has maintained a firm grip on its leadership. Now one of the gun group’s major benefactors says he is preparing to lead an insurgency among wealthy contributors to oust Mr. LaPierre as chief executive, along with […]

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Grenades, Land Mines and U.S. Weapons Parts: Argentina Foils Huge Smuggling Operation

BUENOS AIRES — Law-enforcement officials in Argentina suspected they would find plenty of weapons when they began raiding houses across the country this week as part of a monthslong investigation into the thriving arms trade that is outfitting Brazil’s violent drug trafficking gangs. It soon became clear that this was no ordinary gun bust. Investigators […]

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New N.R.A. Lawsuit Implicates Group’s Second-in-Command

The palace intrigue at the National Rifle Association deepened late Wednesday night as the gun group filed court papers accusing its second-in-command and top lobbyist of complicity in the recent failed coup against its leader, Wayne LaPierre. The accusation came in a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court against Oliver North, the N.R.A.’s former […]

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A Gun Killed My Son. So Why Do I Want to Own One?

To be clear, there was nothing I could’ve done to save him. It’s just a fantasy that has been circling my brain in a holding pattern for decades — that somehow I could have intervened. On the evening of Dec. 14, 1992, a student armed with a semiautomatic rifle fired into the guard shack at […]

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Fearing Supreme Court Loss, New York Tries to Make Gun Case Vanish

WASHINGTON — A couple of weeks ago, the New York Police Department held an unusual public hearing. Its purpose was to make a Supreme Court case disappear. In January, the court agreed to hear a Second Amendment challenge to a New York City gun regulation. The city, fearing a loss that would endanger gun control […]

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