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News media heeding call to limit naming perpetrators in mass shootings

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»

Giffords, congressional Democrats call for action on gun reform bills

Former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was severely wounded by a gunman in a 2011 mass shooting, joined congressional Democrats Wednesday to call for Senate action on the Bipartisan Background Checks Act, a House bill that would stiffen checks on gun buyers. ... Read more»

5 gun bills – 3 from Democrats – are on different paths in the Arizona Legislature

Arizona has some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation, built on a pioneer, conservative ethos of Second Amendment rights. That has meant most Arizona adults can openly carry weapons into many public and private spaces. Arizona also is the hub of a national gun-reform group, the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, named after U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was gravely injured in a mass shooting outside a Tucson grocery store in 2011. At least five gun bills introduced in the Legislature show the tension between the poles of conservative and progressive viewpoints. ... Read more»

Biden administration to suggest model 'red flag' gun laws 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»

U.S. gun violence an 'international embarrassment,' Biden says in rolling out executive action

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»

FactChecking Biden’s claim that assault weapons ban worked

President Joe Biden claims the 10-year assault weapons ban that he helped shepherd through the Senate as part of the 1994 crime bill “brought down these mass killings.” But the raw numbers, when adjusted for population and other factors, aren’t so clear on that. There is, however, growing evidence that bans on large-capacity magazines, in particular, might reduce the number of those killed and injured in mass public shootings.... Read more»

Biden: Not 'another minute' of waiting on gun control after Colo. mass shooting

President Joe Biden on Tuesday urged the U.S. Senate to immediately pass legislation to close loopholes on background checks for guns and to ban assault weapons, following a mass shooting that killed 10 at a Colorado supermarket. “This should not be a partisan issue,” Biden said. “This is an American issue.” He added that it was wrong “to wait another minute, let alone an hour, to take common-sense steps that will save lives in the future.”... Read more»

Rising gun sales could result in more deaths, injuries and suicides, health experts fear

An escalation in firearms sales last year, driven in part by new gun owners, is prompting some health experts to call for more attention to gun safety and the relationship between owning weapons and injuries or suicide. ... Read more»