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A U.S. soldier fires a Colt M16 in Vietnam in 1967. U.S. Army

How the US government created and coddled the gun industry

While advocates of gun control may feel powerless in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas, the history of government support for the industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
Weapons used in the attack in San Bernardino in 2015. Reuters/San Bernardino County Sheriffs Department/Handout

How dangerous people get their weapons in America

While mass shooting tragedies in Las Vegas and elsewhere make headlines, the reality is gun violence is becoming almost routine in many American neighborhoods. Where do the guns come from?
Eleven states now have some sort of law permitting guns on college campuses. Lucio Eastman (Free State Project)

More states are allowing guns on college campuses

More and more states are passing legislation requiring that students and faculty be permitted to carry concealed weapons on campus. But shouldn't universities have a choice when it comes to campus safety?
A solid, non-working Colt 1911 static model by TaylarRoids is printed on a household printer; is this a digital blueprint? Richard Matthews

The legal minefield of 3D printed guns

3D printing still exists in a legal grey area. This area is slowly being defined as courts prosecute the first cases but, is current copyright and criminal law keeping up with the technology?
Victorian senator Bridget McKenzie was one of two Nationals to cross the floor in support of a motion to disallow the import ban on the Adler lever-action shotgun. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Nationals buck government line on Adler

Two Nationals crossed the floor and four others failed to vote on a motion from Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm to disallow the import ban on the Adler lever-action shotgun.
After Question Time on Thursday Tony Abbott made a personal explanation to the House outlining the background to the Adler shotgun ban. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull and Abbott in conflict over deal on sunset clause

Malcolm Turnbull and Tony Abbott are sharply at odds over Abbott's denial of knowledge about a 2015 deal to insert a sunset clause on the import ban of a shotgun.
Malcolm Turnbull was still trying to gain control of the gun issue in Question Time. Lukas Coch/AAP

Turnbull walks right into Shorten’s gun-sight

The government has a new buzzword. In the partyroom on Tuesday Malcolm Turnbull and Barnaby Joyce urged the troops to make the Coalition’s policies “tactile”. In less-fancy terminology, what they mean…

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