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Contra Costa Crime lab leaves no gun or shell casing behind
Posted: August 15, 2018

Law enforcement departments across the country have access to the same system that Contra Costa has been using to catch the people committing gun crimes on its streets. It's known as the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network, NIBIN for short, and it's maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. But NIBIN only works if police assiduously log all the casings they recover, and do so quickly, before trails grow ...

As Canada faces rising gun violence, tighter laws are a tough sell
Posted: August 15, 2018

Rising violence in Canada has prompted calls for the federal government to tighten gun laws but tougher regulations could cause a political backlash in a country where 2 million people are licensed to own a firearm. ...

Man Charged Despite Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Laws After Fatally Shooting Unarmed Man
Posted: August 15, 2018

Florida prosecutors filed a manslaughter charge on Monday against a white man who shot and killed an unarmed black man in a dispute over a parking space, three weeks after the local sheriff had refused to arrest the man, citing the state’s sweeping and controversial Stand Your Ground law. ...

The deadliest city: Behind Chicago’s segregated shooting sprees
Posted: August 14, 2018

While its homicide rate is not the highest in the U.S., Chicago has consistently had more total killings than any other U.S. city — with 27 people killed since the beginning of the month. Why it matters: Racial segregation, wealth inequality, gangs and the inability of law enforcement to solve crimes have fueled the gun violence epidemic — and a handful of minority, impoverished neighborhoods have received the brunt of the impact. ...

How red flag laws could help families grappling with guns and mental illness
Posted: August 9, 2018

While some states have ed flag laws that allow a judge to temporarily remove a mentally ill person's access to guns, it's not easy to balance their rights with the need for public safety. Special correspondent John Ferrugia of Rocky Mountain PBS reports on how families wish they could have been more empowered to help ailing loved ones and prevent deadly violence. ...

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