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Oct. 24, 2010

Maryland gun store tied to 2,500 crime guns


A Post investigation breaks years of secrecy on where region’s crime guns are sold and how they move through society.

How politics protect gun dealers

Why we know less about crime gun sales than we did 10 years ago.

Oct. 25, 2010

Store’s guns moved quickly to crime

D & R Arms had few gun traces for its first 10 years of business. But starting in 2004, traces surged.

Virginia dealers and 'crime guns'

A handful of state dealers sell 60 percent of guns tied to crimes.

Oct. 26, 2010

Firearms watchdog on short leash


ATF’s resources, reach are limited as the gun lobby wields its influence.

Nov. 21, 2010

How cop killers get their guns

Surprising patterns found in an unprecedented investigation of more than 500 police officer deaths.

Nov. 22, 2010

The tale of two guns


The Post tracked two guns from entry into the U.S. through to recovery at a murder scene. Both changed hands multiple times before being used to kill a police officer.

Dec. 13, 2010

U.S. guns tied to Mexican crime

The Post has uncovered the names of the top 12 U.S. dealers of guns traced to Mexico in the past two years.

Dec. 14, 2010

Sellers shut down by ATF find other ways

A new name on a license can mean business continues as usual, even after the ATF revokes or denies a license.

Dec. 15, 2010

NRA-led gun lobby's powerful influence

The NRA-led gun lobby has consistently outmaneuvered and hemmed in the ATF, using political muscle to erect barriers to tougher gun laws.

Continuing Coverage

Gun store under investigation

A federal grand jury is investigating Houston-area seller Carter's Country for illegal sales of firearms that ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Proposal would require reports of bulk gun sales

Certain gun dealers along the Mexican border would have to report bulk sales of so-called assault weapons.

White House delayed gunrunning rule

Administration officials held up a proposal to require dealers to report sales of weapons favored by Mexican drug cartels.

Data hint at assault gun ban's effects

Data from Virginia show a drop in criminal firepower during the period that the assault weapons ban was in place.

Over 62,000 guns unaccounted for in U.S. since 2008

The firearms have disappeared from inventories of licensed gun dealers.

Searchable database

Licenses revoked, denied

Have gun stores in or around your community had their licenses revoked or denied? Search for dealers near you to find out.

Confidential Documents

Deconstructing a gun trace

Explore a confidential gun trace report to learn about the challenges that face criminal investigators.

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