Study: 70M more firearms added to US gun stock over past 20 years

The esti­mated number of privately-​​owned guns in the U.S. grew to approx­i­mately 265 mil­lion between 1994 and 2015, with the majority of those new guns being hand­guns, according to a com­pre­hen­sive national survey co-​​led by North­eastern. Owners also now cite pro­tec­tion as a pri­mary reason of ownership.

3Qs: How safe are US airports?

The Trans­porta­tion Secu­rity Admin­is­tra­tion is finding more firearms than ever at air­port check­points. Is this a sign that the TSA is doing its job or an indi­ca­tion that more trav­elers are trying to board planes with these weapons in their bags? And what about “insider threats” among air­port per­sonnel? We asked an expert.

3Qs: Debating the impact of ‘stand your ground’ laws

The death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black teenager shot by self-​​appointed com­mu­nity watch cap­tain George Zim­merman in Florida, has sparked a tur­bu­lent nation­wide dia­logue on race and so-​​called “stand your ground” laws, which autho­rize the use of lethal force in cases of self-​​defense. On Tuesday, law pro­fessor Deb­orah Ramirez spoke at a panel con­vened by Con­gres­sional Democ­rats to address the case.