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Although the highest number of bystanders who raised concerns about the attacker were direct family members, the report found friends, acquaintances and co-workers were also poised to notice and report worrisome changes in behavior.

A report published by the National Threat Assessment Center found the people closest to individuals who carried out mass murders often sense something is wrong and said "the value of bystander reporting cannot be overstated” when preventing such tragedies. Read more»

Gun control advocates, including Bruce and Claire Petillo at right, gather on the Arizona Capitol ground Jan. 23 for a day of engagement, organized by Moms Demand Action.

Christian’s Law, introduced this year, would require Arizona gun owners to keep either their ammunition, their gun or both in a locked storage container, or to fit their firearm with a device that would render it inoperable without a combination or key. Read more»

Dozens of Tucsonans attended a March for Our Lives protest at Armory Park in June, 2022, to push for new gun safety legislation in the wake of a series of mass shootings across the nation.

A growing body of research reveals that the negative effects of mass shootings spread much farther than previously understood, harming the health of local residents who were not touched directly by the violence. Read more»

U.S. District Judge David Counts ruled Monday that it is no longer constitutional to ban people under felony indictment from buying guns, based on a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling from June that held that courts should uphold gun restrictions only if there is a tradition of them. Read more»

Dozens of Tucsonans attended a March for Our Lives protest at Armory Park in June, 2022, to push for new gun safety legislation in the wake of a series of mass shootings across the nation.

American cities have been running gun buybacks since at least the 1970s, and they are broadly popular, even in conservative, gun-friendly states - but most research shows these events are ineffective at reducing homicides and suicides. Read more»

Ghost guns are sold in parts without serial numbers or background checks to be assembled by the user.

The creator of machines that allows people to build their own firearms, including AK-47 assault riffles, went to court to fight two new California laws that criminalize the use of its equipment to make so-called ghost guns and make challenges to the state's gun laws potentially more costly. Read more»

President Joe Biden speaks about gun and police reform at an August 30, 2022, rally hosted by Wilkes University in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania.

President Joe Biden made a stop in election battleground country Tuesday to rally votes for the Democratic side of the ticket in the upcoming midterms, questioning the lack of bipartisan support for his crime-prevention plan. Read more»

The March for Our Lives rally in June, 2022, drew thousands to Washington, one of several cities across the U.S. - including Phoenix and Tucson - where protesters gathered to demand action on gun reform laws.

Ghost guns have been used in shootings by teenagers too young to legally buy firearms in New Mexico, Arizona, Maryland and California - but state-level efforts to close loopholes on unserialized weapons produced with Polymer80 parts continue to fall short. Read more»

As of January, cities, counties and tribal governments across the U.S. had budgeted less than half of their allocation from the American Rescue Plan’s State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds.

“Community safety interventions” are now valid uses for State and Local Fiscal Recovery funds under the Treasury Department’s amended final rule - a unique and time-limited source of funding for community-based investments to combat violent crime. Read more»

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday passed a ban on semi-automatic firearms — the weapons used in multiple mass shootings during the last three months — on a near party-line vote. Read more»

School buses assemble in the shape of an assault rifle in Houston on July 14, 2022, before driving to the home of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), the leading recipient of donations from gun lobbyists. The protest was organized by Change the Ref, a group that advocates for gun control.

The CEOs of major gun manufacturing companies told a U.S. House panel that their production of AR-15-style guns did not contribute to recent mass shootings that left 29 people dead, and that the killings were due to the actions of individual shooters. Read more»

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the subject of the documentary 'Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down.'

A new documentary, “Gabby Giffords Won’t Back Down,” opens with the mass shooting at a Tucson grocery in 2011 that left Giffords near death and follows her painful recovery from the attack that has left her partially paralyzed and with aphasia. Read more»

In many states, including Arizona, Texas, and Michigan, state law requires public buildings, including schools, to be made available for use during elections.

Thousands of public schools around the country serve as polling places, but the public’s intensified anxieties over school security coexists uneasily with opening the buildings up for voting. Read more»

The Congressional Budget Office estimated the new law’s total cost at $13 billion, a large chunk of which will be used to increase funding to expand existing mental health and school safety services programs.

The gun safety law forged through tense bipartisan talks in the Senate has been heralded as the first federal legislation in 30 years to combat rising gun violence, but what often falls below the radar is the new law’s focus on improving mental health services. Read more»

The Supreme Court split on party lines in a ruling that says New York unconstitutionally restricted who can carry a concealed weapon in public, stating "the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense.” Read more»

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