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Just last year, following high-profile massacres in El Paso and in Midland and Odessa in 2019, lawmakers approved a variety of measures that loosened gun regulations.

The massacre at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, highlights disparities in how federal laws regulate rifles and handguns - the shooter bought two rifles days after his 18th birthday but under federal law, Americans buying handguns must be at least 21. Read more»

Police blocked off the road leading to the scene of a school shooting at Robb Elementary in Uvalde on Tuesday. Law enforcement officials said all of the shooting victims were in one classroom.

The gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers in the same classroom in Uvalde on Tuesday was confronted by a law enforcement officer before he entered the elementary school that became the site of his massacre, but many questions still remain. Read more»

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday implored Senate Republicans to work with Democrats to pass bipartisan gun control legislation, following a mass school shooting that took the lives of 19 children and two teachers in Texas. Read more»

Coming in after inflation were the cost of healthcare and violent crime.

A Pew Research Center survey released Thursday indicates that inflation is the most concerning issue facing the U.S. public, as a declining share of Americans say the COVID-19 pandemic, unemployment and racism are big problems. Read more»

At times taking their lead from police, journalists are naming shooters less often and less prominently.

For the past 10 years, news media has followed the way law enforcement has reacted after mass shootings - never mention the suspect’s name or offer much information about the person - as a way to diminishes the notoriety of the perpetrator. Read more»

Despite the year-over-year increase, the figures show that the number of officer fatalities has been significantly declining over the past decades.

COVID-19 was the leading cause of law enforcement deaths in 2021, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, with some 301 deaths directly attributable to the pandemic as of December 31, 2021, and a final number that was likely to be higher. Read more»

Nearly 249,000 U.S. murders since 1980 have gone unsolved.

The harm inflicted by American gun violence potentially extends well beyond those who are the immediate victims of a shooting, producing long-lasting harm in individuals as well as on communities where the incidents have taken place. Read more»

Soldiers use electric saws to destroy rifles, handguns and other weapons turned in as part of the guns for cash program in Juarez.

In an effort to reduce gun smuggling, the Mexican government is suing a group of gun manufacturers — including Glock, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing and Colt’s Manufacturing — in the United States, and the first hearing was held last week in Boston. Read more»

States have found it challenging to pass measures that confiscate firearms from those who may be a harm to themselves or others.

Most of the 19 states that have red flag laws adopted them after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida—a tragedy that could have been prevented if the state had a red flag law, but that momentum has petered out as national pressure for gun restrictions has waned. Read more»

The Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, expected by mid-2022, could declare a New York state restriction on carrying concealed handguns in public places unconstitutional - which could loosen gun regulations in many parts of the country. Read more»

Within 60 days, the Justice Department will publish model red flag legislation for states.

The Department of Justice will distribute model “red flag” legislation to states so they can enact laws that would allow courts to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual who is distressed, according to senior Biden administration officials. Read more»

President Biden signs executive actions in the Oval Office on Jan. 28, 2021.

President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his call on Congress to pass stalled gun legislation reform but also outlined executive action he’s taking on several gun control measures, following deadly mass shootings last month in Colorado and Georgia. “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic and it’s an international embarrassment,” Biden said in remarks in the Rose Garden outside the White House. Read more»

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