+44 Since January 16th

2,528

Incidents of gun violence in America so far this year

from the Gun Violence Archive

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Gun News and Views From Elsewhere

  1. In Kansas, two Republicans and one Democrat are seeking to repeal a key provision in the state's newly implemented campus carry law. The new legislation would allow state colleges and universities to set their own policies rather than be forced to comply with the law, which says that a person 21 and over, who has a permit, can carry a concealed handgun on a state campus.

  2. Seventy children and teenagers were shot in Chattanooga, Tenn., over the past four years. Only three of those juvenile shootings were unintentional; the rest resulted from intentional violence, according to police. Most victims were between the ages of 15 and 17, though a handful were younger than 2 years old. Black children in Tennessee are four times more likely to die from a gunshot than white children, according to research.

  3. Starting yesterday, federally licensed firearms dealers across the country are required to use a revised background check form when conducting gun sales and transfers. The new Form 4473 includes more than 50 changes, including a warning statement to buyers in states with legalized or decriminalized marijuana that use of the drug is a violation of federal law, and a disqualifier for gun ownership.

  4. A Republican congressman submitted a bill to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the only federal agency that regulates gun businesses and investigates violations of gun laws. Conservative Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's ATF Elimination Act would freeze hiring at the bureau and require other federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI and DEA to take over its duties. The bill had been introduced in the previous Congress.

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