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As a national study languishes, Jackson looks to understand gun violence

Posted on July 25, 2018

With Congress for years hamstringing a national study to examine gun violence in this country, Mississippi's largest city will now attempt to understand the root cause of the epidemic that has led to a rising tide of shooting deaths in Jackson. The City Council has unanimously voted to approve an agreement between Jackson State University and the Jackson Police Department to study the impact of gun-related crime on the quality of life in the com

Savannah Police Department's End Gun Violence statistics show crime reduction

Posted on July 25, 2018

Savannah Police Department statistics show the city's End Gun Violence program is curbing violent crime. The program targets the small groups of people who commit the most crimes in Savannah and offers them outreach services to hopefully coax them out of that lifestyle.

Make an AR-15 at home: 3D printed 'downloadable guns' available Aug. 1

Posted on July 25, 2018

Americans will soon be able to make 3D-printed guns from their homes, widening the door to do-it-yourself versions of firearms. The choices will include the AR-15, the gun of choice in American mass shootings. All 3D-printed guns will be untraceable, and since you can make them yourself, no background check is required.

Anne Arundel police consider new gear, weapons to confront active shooters after Capital Gazette shooting

Posted on July 24, 2018

Anne Arundel County police say that after reviewing their response to last month's mass shooting that killed five Capital Gazette employees they are considering significant changes to the types of gear and weapons officers use while confronting active gunmen. County police were widely praised for their response to the shootings at the Capital Gazette newsroom, but as a matter of policy they review their performance after major events.

What gun shops can do to help prevent suicide

Posted on July 24, 2018

The idea was simple: Provide gun shop owners and employees with guidelines on how to recognize people expressing potential suicide ideation to avoid or delay selling them guns, as well as distributing brochures and posters to educate customers and increase awareness. Nine years later, the project has found its footing. Nearly half of gun shops in New Hampshire are displaying brochures and states across the country have adopted the concept and whi

Norfolk Police kick off community outreach tour with mom’s story of gun violence

Posted on July 24, 2018

Getting guns out of the hands of youth in Norfolk is one of Chief Larry Boone's passions, and that took center stage Tuesday night at the kickoff event for the Just the Facts Community Outreach Tour.

Girl, 10, and woman, 18, killed in shooting rampage on Toronto's Danforth

Posted on July 24, 2018

A 10-year-old girl from the GTA and an 18-year-old Toronto woman are the two people killed in the shooting rampage Sunday night on the Danforth, police say. During a brief update Monday, police said 16 people were shot in total, including the gunman. Of the 15 victims, eight were female. The victims range in age from 10 to 59 years old. The 29-year-old gunman was also killed. Police would not speculate on a motive for the shooting.

Toronto's safe-city tag in question after spike in gun crimes

Posted on July 24, 2018

Canada’s largest city was once dubbed “Toronto the Good” for its squeaky-clean reputation but a mass shooting along one of its most popular restaurant strips is part of a nationwide rise in gun crimes, government data showed on Monday.

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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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