20 years ago, the Port Arthur massacre in Tasmania left 35 people dead. The rampage by a lone gunman shocked the country. Australia's government decided to confiscate or buy back a million firearms. The results were dramatic.
The Las Vegas shooter was able to legally convert his legally-obtained weapons into automatic killing machines. Leaked images have shown modified weapons littering his sniper's nest.
The legal basis for firearm possession in the US is enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution. But how are guns regulated? DW looks at who can buy and sell them — and how one loophole undermines gun control.
Similar to previous massacres, Sunday's mass shooting in Las Vegas will likely trigger a fresh debate over gun control. But in an interview with DW, a noted scholar on gun violence doubts that much will change.
German weapons firms have found eager buyers in the United States. Stats show that stock prices of US gunmakers rise after shootings like the one in Las Vegas.
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