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  • Glock's Secret Path to Profits

    The Austrian handgun, Glock, has become the largest handgun supplier to US law enforcement. This investigation revealed the hidden history behind the success and the troubling business dealings within the company. This story also reveals the difficulty US regulators have overseeing international businesses.
  • Access to Steal

    KIRO-TV investigated the security flaws in airports "that allow baggage handlers to enter luggage storage areas, steal items, then remove the goods from the property." The investigative teams also "tracked dozens of missing handguns, stolen by criminals, who had direct access to loaded passenger jets."
  • The Damage Done

    This series follows the illegal purchase of 250 hand guns, their transport across state lines, and their sale on the streets of Buffalo to "doped-up teenagers, petty thieves and hard-core drug dealers." One gun runner accomplished this feat. The series also tellswhere and how the weapons are manufactured, how they are sold and some of the double-standards of the industry. The writers also tell the stories of some of the victims of shootings using the 250 handguns.
  • The Internet Filter Farce

    Nunberg likens internet blocking software to airport security metal detector that miss 40 percent of concealed handguns and beeps at a third of the metal hangers in passengers' suitcases. In this article Nunberg writes how blocking software employed in homes, schools, libraries, and the workplace aren't able to work as promised. He even points out that in many cases blocking software screens out non-offensive or objectionable material such as websites on HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, the gay and lesbian community, and online sex offender registries. Nunberg writes that some of the problems with blocking software is that the software companies themselves filter sites with negative information about their service and that they aren't required to post a list of filtered words and sites, letting people know just how inadequate the software is.
  • David Kairys Takes Aim

    Civil rights attorney David Kairys came up with a novel way to sue gun manufacturers. In a Temple Law Review article, Kairys advocated treating guns as like a public nuisance, much like a "noisy bar" or "crack houses." Kairys is particularly interested in suing the makers of handguns, such as Beretta, Bryco, Colt, Glock and Smith & Wesson. He's had a hard time beating the gun lobby in Pennsylvania, which has the second-largest NRA membership in the nation, and more Pennsylvanians "have permits to carry concealed weapons than in any other state..." According to the ATF, slightly more than 1 percent of the dealers fed more than half the criminal market."
  • "Felons Being Granted State Hunting Licenses"

    A Pioneer Press investigation found that "hundreds of convicted criminals forbidden by state and federal laws from carrying handguns, rifles or shotguns are being granted licenses to hunt game using firearms in Minnesota."
  • Gun Dealers with Badges

    KCAL 9 reports "the secret practice of state agencies of California selling assault weapons and other firearms. In part one... the California Department of Corrections was held accountable for the first time ever for selling firearms that ended up on the streets. These included assault weapons, some of which have been banned in the state for over 10 years, along with thousands of other weapons. In part two,the California Highway Patrol's practice of selling over 4000 high-quality handguns and other weapons was also exposed..."
  • Gun Buyers Choose Compact Weaponry

    Gun dealers are choosing to manufacture and market small handguns in light of recent legislation allowing concealed weapons. Arkansas, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia all passed laws permitting the use of concealed weapons.
  • The Gunrunners

    "The Gunrunners" revealed how thousands of handguns purchased legally in Chicago's suburbs end up in the hands of gang members and felons in the city, where possession of handguns is illegal. The practice makes a mockery of Chicago's gun control laws. The story documented that suburban gun stores were the primary source of weapons for Chicago gangs.
  • Indianapolis Police Brawl

    The Indianapolis Star reports that on August 27, 1996, more than a dozen Indianapolis police officers gathered in the mayor's suite to watch a baseball game. Over the next three hours, the off-duty officers watched the game and consumed seven cases of beer. After the game and a brief stop at a downtown tavern, the officers began shouting racial slurs and making obscene gestures at passers-by on the street. Two motorists who took offense at the behavior confronted the officers. According to more than a dozen witnesses, some of the officers beat the motorists and two of the officers pulled handguns. In the days following the brawl, several of the officers involved in the incident tried to mislead investigators from the internal affairs division. Among those who proved to be less than candid was Indianapolis Police Chief Donald Christ, who initially tired to hide the fact that he had been with the officers at the game.