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Gun deaths rose 28% during COVID-19 pandemic

Gun deaths across the U.S. increased by 28 percent during the COVID-19 pandemic, along with a 15 percent increase in overall firearm-related incidents and a 34 percent increase in nonfatal gun injuries between March 2020 and February 2021.... Read more»

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DOJ rule cracks down untraceable firearms known as 'ghost guns'

President Joe Biden Monday unveiled the Department of Justice’s plan to regulate untraceable firearms known as ghost guns, as well as announced his nominee to lead the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ... Read more»

NRA gun safety class for Arizona schools one step closer to becoming law

A Republican bill sponsored by Rep. Quang Nguyen that would require a National Rifle Association gun safety course for Arizona middle and high school students is now one vote away from Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk. ... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Water rate hikes in Oro Valley, raises for Sahuarita Council and Pima County COVID bonus on tap

Local governments are wading into dicey political territory with potentially unpopular agenda items on water rate hikes, raises for elected leaders and payouts of unused COVID leave.... Read more»

Tucson leaders alarmed by bill in Legislature that would limit city affordable housing work

A bill in the Arizona Senate that would drastically limit a city’s ability to create affordable housing alarmed the Tucson City Council during their meeting on Wednesday.... Read more»

Sandy Hook families settle suit with AR-15 gun maker

Insurers for the bankrupt Remington Arms Company and its subsidiaries have agreed to pay the Sandy Hook Elementrary School families the maximum amount of funds available to them, $73 million... Read more»

Bill would bring NRA gun safety classes into all Arizona schools

A Republican bill that would require a National Rifle Association gun safety course - deemed largely ineffective in real-world scenarios by the American Academy of Pediatrics - for Arizona middle- and high school students passed out of committee Monday evening. ... Read more»

Rising gun deaths push cities to shore up police and services

With a rise in homicides in more than a dozen major U.S. cities, local leaders and gun safety experts are renewing their efforts to strike a balance between relying on law enforcement and engaging others, such as social workers, to reduce violence in at-risk communities.... Read more»

Arizona ties emerge in leaks from 'Patriot Front' white supremacist forum

Leaked online chat logs show that Arizona members of a white supremacist group participated in training for and planning a march in D.C. and distributed fliers and stickers in a number of cities. They also expressed admiration and disdain for prominent Republican officials.... Read more»

2021: A year pierced by gunfire on school grounds

While the pandemic effectively stopped school shootings in 2020 because of remote learning, the violence picked right back up in 2021 when students returned to the classroom. ... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: Rep. Boebert's cards for killers

You may think it was bad timing for Rep. Lauren Boebert to issue a gun-themed Christmas card right before there was a mass shooting in her state of Colorado. You would be right except there have been several mass shootings in Colorado. Boebert knows better but she doesn’t care. ... Read more»

Comic:

Claytoonz: 'Little Shooter Boy' Rittenhouse

America’s Little Shooter Boy is aiming (pun intended) for a great Christmas…for himself. Kyle Rittenhouse is being wined and dined by what used to be the Republican establishment. Today, it’s a cult.... Read more»

Legal experts warn Supreme Court action on Texas abortion law could lead to limited constitutional rights

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision allowing Texas’ abortion law to remain intact creates a roadmap for states that may seek to limit other constitutionally protected rights, legal experts warn.... Read more»

No permit, no problem: More states allow residents to carry hidden guns

21 states now no longer require residents to hold a permit to carry a concealed firearm, eliminating the previous requirements for gun owners to take gun safety and training classes and undergo a background check.... Read more»

Lawsuit alleges U.S. gun manufacturers bear responsibility for Mexico violence

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»

Supreme Court leans toward expanding gun rights

New York gun restrictions on who can qualify to get a concealed-carry license drew sharp questions Wednesday at Supreme Court oral arguments, suggesting similar laws across the country could soon find themselves in a cascade of dominoes. ... Read more»

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