There are more guns than people in the US, an estimated 357 million, compared with a population of 310 million.
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.
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.
The influential NRA gun lobby has called for a legal review of devices that allow semiautomatic rifles to act like fully automatic ones. The Las Vegas killer used such a device to kill 58 people and wound almost 500.
Who was the 64-year-old who shot into a crowd of Las Vegas concertgoers, killing dozens? As police investigate the massacre, details of the man behind the trigger have begun to emerge.
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