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The Department of Justice has been in a years-long fight to decrease violent gun crimes. And now, it’s targeting domestic violence abusers.

One of the first things visitors see as they walk through the ornate ground floor of Chicago's landmark Cultural Center is a cluster of four glass houses. Each has 700 glass brick openings — a stark, physical reminder of the average number of people killed by guns each week in the country. Designers of the Gun Violence Memorial Project say just as the AIDS Memorial Quilt raised awareness about a deadly disease, they want their focus on victims of gunfire to bring widespread attention to what they consider another epidemic.

Firearm Deaths Hold Steady After Record-Setting 2017

Jan 29, 2020
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James Gathany / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A near-record number of Americans died by gunshot in 2018 according to the latest statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In most American cities, gun homicides are on the decline. But Durham, North Carolina, saw its homicide rate rise in 2019. While the community copes with feelings of chronic violence, one outreach worker is dedicating his time to ending the cycle.

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A Texas teacher who authorities say brought a handgun to school and made threatening comments about colleagues has been arrested.

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Thousands of gun ownership enthusiasts and armed militia members gathered at the Virginia State Capitol on Monday for a rally aimed at quashing new gun restrictions. The rally ended without any violence, but Richmond remains under a state of emergency and Gov. Ralph Northam's temporary ban on weapons on Capitol grounds will remain in place until Tuesday.

Montage of guns collected by TSA
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Three Texas airports ranked in the top 10 for the number of guns the Transportation Security Administration discovered at airport checkpoints last year. The agency caught more firearms at checkpoints nationwide in 2019 than ever before.

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on Wednesday declared a state of emergency and instituted a temporary ban on firearms from being carried on Capitol grounds, as the state prepares to deal with an influx of gun rights supporters attending a protest rally in Richmond next week.

A Lawsuit By Sandy Hook Families Is Poised To Provide A Rare Window Into The Gun Industry

Jan 15, 2020
Josh Koskoff and plantiffs at a press conference
Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

A lawsuit by families of victims of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has the potential to significantly change what the world knows about how the gun industry thinks and operates. 

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Jake Nice

Dallas-based artist and musician Jake Nice is tackling his largest project to date as a director — a play called "Slide By" about guns, toxic masculinity and the 1999 school shooting in Columbine, Colorado.

Gun parts at Defense Distributed, a Texas-based company developing and publishing open source gun designs for 3-D printing and manufacture, surround a copy of The Liberator, a 3D printed plastic gun.
Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

A federal rule change could soon make it legal to put 3D printed gun blueprints — first introduced by a Texas man — back online after being blocked from the internet twice.

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Back in the early 1990s, there was Operation Triggerlock. A few years later, in Richmond, Virginia, they called the policy Project Exile. Now it’s called Project Safe Neighborhoods.

Without Conclusive Data, One City Grapples With Gun-Free Zones

Dec 25, 2019
Aspen City Hall
Alycin Bektesh / For KUNC

The city council of Aspen, Colorado, voted unanimously in late October to ban the public from openly carrying guns in government buildings.

A federal judge in San Antonio has named Academy Sports + Outdoors a co-defendant in a lawsuit stemming from the 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting, the deadliest in modern Texas history.


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A sporting goods retailer violated the law by selling an AR-15-style rifle and large capacity magazine to a man who later used them to kill more than two dozen worshippers at a Texas church, federal prosecutors said in a court filing.

A recent survey from APM Research Lab, Call To Mind and Guns & America found that most Americans — including those who own guns and those who don’t — support laws requiring gun owners to store their firearms with a lock in place.

But not everyone sees storage the same way.

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Police reports describe concerns eight years ago that the gunman who killed seven and wounded 25 last month in West Texas might have been planning an attack.

Eighty-one percent of Latino voters in Texas are concerned about racism-motivated gun violence and that the Latino community might be targeted again in attacks similar to the mass shooting in El Paso, according to a survey sponsored by the gun control group Giffords and the progressive group Latino Victory Project.

Gun manufacturer Colt says it plans to suspend production of AR-15-style rifles for the civilian market. The company plans to limit its production to fulfilling its police and military contracts.

The national debate on gun restrictions has largely focused on semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 and other so-called “assault weapons,” because of their use in high-profile mass shootings.

Colt says the decision is not a political one.

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Beto O'Rourke may not be running for statewide office anymore, but it's been difficult to tell in recent days.

The Democratic presidential candidate's aggressive push for mandatory buybacks for assault weapons has upended the gun debate nationwide, but perhaps nowhere more dramatically than in Texas, where both parties are grappling with internal divisions of varying degrees as they react to recent mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa

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Police in Texas say three children in Tarrant County were shot, one fatally, in separate shootings over a five-hour period on Sunday.

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Republican state Rep. Briscoe Cain drew fierce ire Thursday night for a gun-related tweet that many considered to be a death threat against Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, a longtime Republican, joined a bipartisan group of U.S. mayors Monday who met with President Donald Trump's senior advisors to push for tighter gun control laws. She was the only mayor from Texas, which has seen two deadly mass shootings in recent weeks.

As kids across the country head back to school for the year, the question of how to keep students safe is constant and ever-evolving, especially when it comes to mass shootings. One recent active shooter training at Pinnacle Charter School in northern Colorado focused on three actions: evacuate, barricade, and fight.

Standing on blue gym mats, under bright fluorescent lights, a trainer and a student lean in, heads close.

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Two usual political allies — Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the National Rifle Association — traded rhetorical blows Friday after Patrick continued to vocally advocate for requiring background checks for stranger-to-stranger gun sales.

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Investigators looking for how a Texas gunman obtained an assault-style rifle used in a Labor Day weekend rampage despite failing a background check have searched the home of a man they believe was involved in the "transfer" of the weapon, a federal law enforcement official said Thursday.

A memorial for the victims of the mass shooting in West Texas.
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As authorities continue their investigation into Saturday's shooting rampage, stories of the victims of the attack are coming to light. Seven people were killed; 25 were injured. Here are stories about some of Saturday's victims:

Callie Richmond / The Texas Tribune

After the second Texas mass shooting in a month, Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday night that "we're working on a legislative package right now" and that "expedited executions for mass murderers would be a nice addition."

8 New Gun Laws Take Effect In Texas Sept. 1

Sep 1, 2019

At least seven people were killed and another 20 were injured in a mass shooting that stretched in and around Midland and Odessa, Texas, Saturday. The incident was the second mass shooting in that state in less than a month, following a shooting in El Paso, on Aug. 3.

After West Texas Shooting, Texas House Rep. Says 'NO' To Gun Restrictions

Sep 1, 2019
Emree Weaver / The Texas Tribune

After the state's second mass shooting in a month left eight people dead — including the shooter — and 19 injured in West Texas, an East Texas lawmaker took to Twitter to adamantly assert that he would not support any new gun restrictions.

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