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Gun retailers get a unique merchant code that could help flag suspicious sales

Sep 12, 2022
The financial services industry has a long history of spotting indicators of illegal activity in legal transactions.
Introducing a unique merchant code for gun retailers could help the financial services industry spot suspicious activity.
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Some companies that deal in firearms might surprise you — and their investors

May 27, 2022
Some investors want to know whether they are putting their money into a portfolio that includes companies that sell guns and ammunition.
Remington is one of the brands carried by Vista Outdoor, one of several companies that don't have obvious ties to the firearms industry.
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Since Sandy Hook killings a decade ago, Congress has put no limits on gun sales

May 25, 2022
In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting, Marketplace looked into background checks and gun purchases. We're revisiting some of that reporting today.
An officer walks outside of Robb Elementary School on May 25. The day before, a gunman killed 19 students and two adults.
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Obstacles for "smart guns" are about ideology more than technology

Aug 13, 2018
Startups are making firearms that only registered owners can use, but the weapons face a tough road to market.
Assault rifles hang on the wall for sale at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly, Virginia, in 2017.
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Gun sales and stocks drop as big companies and individuals review investments

Mar 1, 2018
American Outdoor Brands, formerly known as Smith & Wesson, will report earnings after markets close today. The gun-maker’s stock price fell to a five-year low yesterday after Dick’s Sporting Goods said it would stop selling assault-style rifles. After the deadly high school shooting in Florida, many companies and consumers are looking to distance themselves from […]

Smith & Wesson asking shareholders to approve a name change

Dec 13, 2016
Shareholders vote Tuesday on whether to approve Smith & Wesson’s name change to “American Outdoor Brands.” The firearms unit will continue as Smith & Wesson — one of the most iconic American brands — but the name change for the parent company comes as it expands into outdoor camping gear. The old name might interfere […]
A sign at the Smith & Wesson booth is shown at the 2016 National Shooting Sports Foundation's Shooting, Hunting, Outdoor Trade Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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