There are more guns than people in the US, an estimated 357 million, compared with a population of 310 million.
More people die due to guns in America than in any other high-income country. But the US congress has restricted funding for gun violence research. Researchers say it's impossible to generate life-saving data.
Omar Mateen used one of the estimated 3.3 million AR-15 assault rifles in the US to kill 50 people in an Orlando gay club. A laywer suing manufacturers for negligence has called it "the gold standard" for mass murder.
The US Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons bans in the states of Connecticut and New York. The decision came after the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando that left 49 people dead.
A new 24-hour shopping channel for firearms has been slated to air in the US as early as January. The announcement has come on the heels of a mass shooting in California that killed 14 people.
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