The Gun

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It wasn’t an AR-15 or an automatic weapon. It was a common shotgun that Aaron Alexis used to carry out the Washington Navy Yard massacre earlier this month. We’ve detailed the history of that gun, the Remington 870, today. It’s a worthwhile read, especially if you want a better understanding of the tools being used to carry out these horrific crimes. Similarly, we also published a history of the AR-15 rifle in December, following the Sandy Hook massacre.

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Nick Martin is an associate editor at TPM in New York City. He came to the site in 2011 as a reporter for TPMMuckraker. Previously, he worked in Arizona, first as a staff reporter for a local newspaper and later as a freelance journalist. He also ran the news blog Heat City. Contact him at nick@talkingpointsmemo.com

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