18 countries ratify UN Arms Trade Treaty

2014-04-03 08:07

Eighteen countries, including five of the world's leading arms exporters, have ratified a landmark treaty regulating the multibillion-dollar global arms trade.

Who would you trust to own a gun?

2014-03-28 12:46

If you don't know how or when to use a gun, you have no business owning one.

Gun ownership: Pros versus cons

2014-03-07 14:30

Gun control has become somewhat of a controversial issue in recent years. Some argue that guns are necessary for safety whereas others feel that owning a gun is just asking for trouble.

Guns kill people!

2014-03-06 14:30

Irresponsible gun ownership kills. If you don't know how or when to use a gun, you have no business owning one.

Who would you trust to own a gun?

2014-03-05 15:45

If you don't know how or when to use a gun, you have no business owning one.

US court refuses review of youth gun law

2014-02-25 13:12

The US Supreme Court has refused to review restrictions on handguns for young people, dealing a blow to arms activists.

US student kills teacher and himself

2013-10-22 08:11

A school student has shot an killed a maths teacher and wounded two 12-year-old boys with a semi-automatic gun before turning the gun on himself just before the starting bell on Monday.

US scores low on protecting gun rights

2013-09-20 20:06

A growing number of Americans are questioning the government's protection of the constitutional right to bear arms, according to a recent poll.

Support lacking as Obama urges new gun laws

2013-09-18 12:05

Barack Obama has called on the US Congress to tighten gun laws after the latest shooting massacre, but lawmakers admitted there is insufficient support for new legislation.

Obama laments shooting as gun debate has gone cold

2013-09-17 08:06

President Barack Obama has wearily lamented "yet another mass shooting," this time in the US capital where the gun control debate has stalled amid opposition from gun-rights advocates.

Gunman in US school surrenders

2013-08-21 14:02

A man has entered a US elementary school armed with a Kalashnikov and took employees hostage before surrendering.

More US air passengers bring guns

2013-07-02 22:42

At airports across the US, there has been an increase in passengers trying to walk through security with loaded guns.

Gun control advocates still awaiting action

2013-06-10 12:01

It's been six months since the school shooting that made gun control a top US issue once again, and families of the victims are going back to Washington to remind lawmakers they are waiting for action.

Gun control supporters face recall

2013-05-28 12:01

Politicians who have helped push through gun-control measures in Colorado are seeing an increasingly common result of their politically risky votes — recall attempts.

NRA official: Our freedom is under attack

2013-05-04 07:18

US President Barack Obama and national media are demonising law-abiding gun owners in the wake of recent violent acts, NRA leaders and political allies have said.

US boy, 5, accidentally kills sister

2013-05-02 13:33

A 5-year-old boy in the US has accidentally shot dead his younger sister while playing with a rifle given to him as a gift.

Obama slams 'shameful' defeat of gun reform

2013-04-18 08:06

President Barack Obama has branded the defeat of his gun reform drive in the US Senate as "shameful", and accused lawmakers of caving in to the powerful firearms lobby.

US gun control bill clears first hurdle

2013-04-11 20:18

Gun control supporters have won the first Senate showdown over how to respond to the December school carnage in Connecticut.

Senators compromise on gun-sale debate

2013-04-10 21:40

Two US senators have reached a compromise to be announced that would expand background checks for gun sales, an official says.

US gun control tops Obama's agenda

2013-04-08 17:23

President Barack Obama has visited the site of December's deadly school shooting, looking for a breakthrough in his efforts to curb gun violence as the US Congress commences.

Gun control: Obama gives candid assessment

2013-04-05 09:13

President Barack Obama has given his most candid assessment yet of the challenges facing tighter gun control laws at the national level, saying it would be tougher than an immigration overhaul.

Australia's gun laws a template for US

2013-04-03 14:03

A former Australian prime minister and his deputy are urging US President Barack Obama to take his gun control campaign to the people, just as they did, to gain a consensus.

Obama calls for action on guns

2013-03-28 22:33

US President Barack Obama has urged lawmakers to take serious action against gun violence, telling Americans not to forget the tragedy of the mass shooting in Newtown.

NY's Bloomberg predicts more gun checks

2013-03-24 19:04

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has predicted that pressure from the American public will eventually force the US Congress to expand background checks for gun buyers.


US gun lobby sees media as enemy

2014-03-07 09:19

The head of the powerful US gun lobby has railed against American media, saying it was biased and lying about the heated debate on regulating weapons.

Gun ownership: Pros versus cons

2014-03-06 09:39

Gun control has become somewhat of a controversial issue in recent years. Some argue that guns are necessary for safety whereas others feel that owning a gun is just asking for trouble.

US boy, 8, shot dead by brother

2014-03-02 12:33

Authorities say an 8-year-old US boy has died after being shot in the chest while one of his brothers was playing with a loaded handgun he thought was a pellet gun.

Chicago's ban on gun sales unconstitutional

2014-01-07 10:09

A federal judge has overturned Chicago's ban on the sale and transfer of firearms, ruling that the city's ordinances aimed at reducing gun violence are unconstitutional.

Dangerous weapons act takes effect in 2014

2013-10-09 13:26

An act prohibiting the possession of dangerous weapons, replicas or imitations in public will come into operation in January, the presidency says.

Chicago shooting: Toddler shot in the face

2013-09-20 10:03

A three-year old toddler has been shot in the face in a late night shooting on a Chicago basketball court that has left several people wounded, police say.

Starbucks says guns unwelcome in its cafes

2013-09-18 11:05

Starbucks says guns are no longer welcome in its cafes, though it is stopping short of an outright ban on firearms.

US study finds gun ownership and homicide link

2013-09-13 15:02

Researchers in the United States claim to have established a convincing statistical link between gun ownership and homicide, according to a newly published study.

More protests over Trayvon Martin's murder

2013-07-16 08:08

Anger over the acquittal of a US neighbourhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager has continued, with rights leaders saying peaceful protests will continue.

NY targets donations in gun-control push

2013-06-12 22:41

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is urging the city's donors to withhold funds from four Democratic senators who opposed a background checks bill.

Ricin found in letters to NYC mayor

2013-05-30 09:02

Two threatening letters sent to New York City's mayor and his group that advocates for gun control contained traces of the deadly poison ricin, police say.

Firearm dealers to be probed - Mthethwa

2013-05-15 13:20

An independent probe has been commissioned into alleged unscrupulous practices among firearm dealers, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa says.

Incoming NRA leader warns of 'culture war'

2013-05-03 22:10

The incoming president of the National Rifle Association is warning its members they are fighting a "culture war" that goes beyond gun rights.

Obama has a plan of action for Syria

2013-04-30 19:03

US President Barack Obama has strongly suggested he would consider military action against Syria, if it can be confirmed that President Bashar Assad's government had used chemical weapons.

Senate plans gun background check

2013-04-17 16:40

A bipartisan effort to expand background checks for firearms purchasers is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote.

Michelle Obama tears up over gun reform

2013-04-11 09:39

First Lady Michelle Obama has returned to her murder-plagued hometown to make an emotional plea for strengthening US gun laws, saying she too could have been a victim while growing up.

Families lobby Congress over gun control

2013-04-09 19:50

Relatives of victims of the Connecticut school shootings are mounting a face-to-face lobbying effort in hopes of turning around enough lawmakers to gain a Senate floor vote on gun restrictions.

US Senate nears gun debate

2013-04-07 22:25

The US Senate may start the gun debate soon, but the elusive deal on background checks remains pivotal.

US state close to approving gun measures

2013-04-04 08:06

The US state where 20 young children were shot dead at school in December has moved closer to putting in place some of the country's strictest gun control laws.

Connecticut gets tough gun laws

2013-04-02 11:00

Connecticut state lawmakers have announced a deal on what they call some of the toughest gun laws in America including a ban on new high-capacity ammunition magazines.

US gunman fired 154 rounds in 5 minutes

2013-03-28 21:06

The gunman who killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school, had fired 154 rounds in less than 5 minutes, selecting high capacity magazines from his home arsenal stocked with weapons.

White House will push gun laws - Biden

2013-03-22 16:30

The White House will keep pushing for gun ownership laws despite little support in Congress, Vice President Joe Biden says, as fellow Democrats seek to halt gun violence.

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