handguns http://kplu.org en Washington Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Pistol Database Is Valuable Tool http://kplu.org/post/washington-sheriffs-police-chiefs-say-pistol-database-valuable-tool <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/03/030413AJ_Cops_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Efforts to get gun rights leaders in Washington to support -- or at least not oppose -- universal background checks appear to have hit a stumbling block. At issue is a state database that tracks pistol sales. Second Amendment advocates want it shut down, but the state’s sheriffs and police chiefs say it’s a vital law enforcement tool.<p>Every time a licensed gun dealer in Washington sells a handgun, that information is uploaded into the state’s pistol database. Tue, 05 Mar 2013 01:36:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7901 at http://kplu.org Washington Sheriffs, Police Chiefs Say Pistol Database Is Valuable Tool How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice http://kplu.org/post/how-glock-became-americas-weapon-choice Today the Glock pistol has become the gun of choice for both criminals and law enforcement in the United States.<p>In his book <em>Glock: The Rise of America's Gun</em>, Paul Barrett traces how the sleek, high-capacity Austrian weapon found its way into Hollywood films and rap lyrics, not to mention two-thirds of all U.S. police departments.<p>The Glock was created in 1982 by curtain-rod manufacturer Gaston Glock. Glock didn't like the handguns available on the market and decided to manufacture a new gun from scratch. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 16:51:30 +0000 3893 at http://kplu.org How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice