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  • Remington Under Fire: The Reckoning

    A new investigation reveals how America’s oldest gun company has used and allegedly abused the courts to hide an alleged design defect in its most popular product. At least two dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to inadvertent firings of Remington’s Model 700 bolt-action rifle. The investigation, which builds on CNBC’s previous reporting on the Remington Arms Company, also reveals how other companies in a wide variety of industries are using similar tactics to hide potentially life saving information from the public. http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/08/deadly-secrets-companies-using-courts-at-your-peril.html http://www.cnbc.com/remington-under-fire/ http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/08/want-your-remington-gun-fixed-heres-what-you-need-to-know.html http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/08/remington-under-fire-the-reckoning.html http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/19/under-oath-inventor-of-controversial-remington-trigger-speaks.html http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/08/defective-or-not-the-government-cant-recall-your-gun.html
  • The NRA’s Murder Mystery

    An investigation by Mother Jones reveals that Robert J. Dowlut--the National Rifle Association's general counsel--was convicted of murder and later released from prison due to bad police work. Dowlut went on to become a key architect of the gun lobby's effort to transform the legal interpretation of the Second Amendment. Dowlut has been an influential under-the-radar activist: he has written or co-written more than 25 amicus briefs on behalf of the NRA in state and federal cases.
  • 1033 program

    Over the past year, MuckRock reporter and projects editor Shawn Musgrave investigated the Pentagon’s 1033 program, which distributes excess military equipment to law enforcement agencies nationwide. After the Department of Defense rejected FOIA requests for data indicating which departments had received tactical equipment such as assault rifles, armored vehicles, and grenade launchers, Musgrave — spurred by events in Ferguson — submitted FOI requests to each state’s 1033 program coordinator. This effort not only secured this crucial data for 38 states, but also pressured the Pentagon to reverse its position and release spreadsheets which detailed what tactical equipment had been distributed to every participating agency in the country. MuckRock’s investigation of the 1033 program revealed such questionable transfers as mine-resistant vehicles distributed to school districts and helicopters allocated to small-town police departments.
  • Packing heat: How gun law loopholes tripled Canada’s rifle magazine limits

    Gun control has been in the news on both sides of the border - even as legislation goes in different directions. Canada just destroyed its long-gun registry, even as police officers who relied on its data called for its preservation. But here, we focused on the implications of failing to update gun laws for 20-odd years: Namely, such neglect creates unforeseen, potentially lethal loopholes that - for example - triple the legal magazine limit. But it's one thing to write about this. We went one better, obtaining dummy ammunition and a magazine cartridge to demonstrate in video online the ways in which outdated laws can be used against the public good.
  • Unmasking the NRA's Inner Circle

    On Friday, December 21, 2012, one long week after the Newtown, Connecticut Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the National Rifle Association's longtime CEO, Wayne LaPierre, finally addressed the nation. He spoke at length but took no questions from the press. LaPierre refused to draw any link between the nation's gun policies and the grisly tragedy, or to acknowledge any possible negative role played the NRA to influence gun policies. Instead the longtime NRA CEO suggested that the fault of the tragedy lied with local authorities and educators as no one at the grade school was armed. Less than four weeks later, on January 16, 2013, Mother Jones ran the story, "EXCLUSIVE: Unmasking the NRA's Inner Circle." The piece revealed the shadowy, inner workings of the NRA leadership through a previously unpublished internal "Report of the Nominating Committee" to the NRA board: The CEO of the firm that made the Bushmaster rifle used inside the school had quietly served on the NRA board's Nominating Committee to help control the NRA's latest elections, and the "chairman" of the Nominating Committee was a longtime (and still) NRA board member who --unbeknownst to all the press that had recently scoured Newtown-- lived and owned a home in Newtown less than three miles from the Sandy Hook school. The story revealed --within less than 30 days of LaPierre's national television address-- the depth of the NRA's ties to the gun industry including Freedom Group whose profits have led the industry through sales of Bushmaster AR-15 rifles. The piece, which noted that the NRA board operates in secrecy more like a private corporation or Communist-era politburo than any nonprofit group, showed how the NRA board's ruling clique tightly controls who is nominated for the NRA board to thwart any possible challenges to their power. The "exclusive" went viral on the Internet, as any Google search can confirm, and led me to become an MSNBC contributor , identified repeatedly by Lawrence O'Donnell over the ensuing year as the investigative reporter "who went inside the NRA."
  • NBC News: Under Fire

    An investigation into an alleged defect involving 20 million rifles and shotguns, causing many to fire without the trigger being pulled. Despite dozens of injuries and at least seven deaths—and evidence the manufacturer has been aware of a problem for decades—Remington has publicly insisted its guns are safe and the incidents are a result of user error. Using internal company documents including customer complaints dating back to the 1950s, our investigation found Remington chose not to implement changes designed to make its products safer, and may have withheld vital information from its customers.
  • Spa shooter sidestepped police

    Following a mass shooting inside a suburban Milwaukee spa, reporters John Diedrich and Gina Barton dug into the history of shooter Radcliffe Haughton with police in his community of Brown Deer. They uncovered a series of failures by police that left a dangerous man on the street, emboldening him to become more violent. Let down by police, Zina Haughton sought protection with a restraining order. She was dead days after it was issued. Diedrich and Barton found Brown Deer did not follow the state’s mandatory arrest law in such cases and failed to uphold its most basic duty: protecting the public. The most remarkable finding was that Brown Deer police actually retreated from a standoff with Haughton even though officers had saw him point what appeared to be a rifle at his wife. The police chief was defiant. Elected officials in Brown Deer deferred to the chief, who operates with little oversight in the village, the reporters found. The case revealed a loophole in state’s domestic violence laws: No one could hold local police accountable for failing to follow the law as designed by legislators. Data reporter Ben Poston joined the effort to examine how many domestic violence cases referred to prosecutors result in charges, thus holding other parts of the criminal justice system accountable.
  • Gunwalkers

    CBS News broke and developed the story of the Gunwalker Scandal. US Federal agents covertly helped deliver thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to killer Mexican Drug Cartels.
  • Gunwalker

    A story uncovering how U.S. federal agents covertly helped deliver thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to killer Mexican drug cartels.
  • Brian Ross Investigates: Jesus Rifle

    The U.S. military bars the proselytizing of any religion by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. However, an ABC News investigation found that the U.S. military had been distributing thousands of weapons to U.S. troops that were inscribed with coded references to Bible passages about Jesus Christ.