US Fish & Wildlife Service: Innovative Interactive Map for Shooting Sports Supports Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation

US Fish & Wildlife Service: Innovative Interactive Map for Shooting Sports Supports Wildlife and Natural Resource Conservation. “The new map identifies a total of 623 ranges across the United States, including 183 archery ranges, 285 firearms ranges and 155 archery and firearms combined shooting ranges, highlighting opportunities and access from California to Massachusetts. Ranges are operated by state wildlife and natural resource agencies, which provided the map data to the Service.”

Court Hands Journalists a Big Freedom of Information Act Win: Gun Data Access (CityBeat)

CityBeat: Court Hands Journalists a Big Freedom of Information Act Win: Gun Data Access. “Reveal, the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR), originally sued for records in November 2017. The Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) never responded. ATF’s gun tracing database lists 6.8 million firearms linked to criminal activity. Reveal sought records for any gun traced back to law enforcement ownership. When Congress passed the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1966, modern databases did not exist. ATF argued that a search query exporting the results amounted to a ‘new’ record, which agencies aren’t required to disclose under the FOIA statute. The court disagreed.”

Washington Post: A Black seventh-grader played with a toy gun during a virtual class. His school called the police.

Washington Post: A Black seventh-grader played with a toy gun during a virtual class. His school called the police.. “Dani Elliott was at work last month in Colorado Springs when her 12-year-old son’s vice principal called with alarming news: A police officer was on the way to her house — all because her son had played with a toy gun during his virtual art class. Elliott says she was terrified, especially considering her son is Black.”

Saudi Arabia: Followers of arms sales groups on social media to face 10 years in prison (Gulf News)

Gulf News: Saudi Arabia: Followers of arms sales groups on social media to face 10 years in prison. “Arms and contraband sales groups threaten their followers on social media with jail time and a hefty fine for entering these groups and failing to report their violations to authorities, local media reported. Under Saudi laws, followers of these arms sales groups bear legal responsibility as they fail to report these groups to authorities, and would face imprisonment up to 10 years and a fine of 5 million Saudi riyals if these groups support terrorism.”

Beaver County Times: State launches database to track, reduce firearm deaths

Beaver County Times: State launches database to track, reduce firearm deaths. “A new state database sheds light on the more than 1,600 Pennsylvanians who died by firearm in 2018 to help local policymakers reduce gun violence. Pennsylvania’s Department of Health on Monday launched a violence data dashboard to collect information on populations affected by gun violence following Gov. Tom Wolf’s executive order last year. The portal examines the number of gun violence victims by both homicide and suicide, rates at which violence occurs in locations, frequency and factors such as gender, race and age.”

PRNewswire: Database Of Mass Shooters Revised And Expanded (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: Database Of Mass Shooters Revised And Expanded (PRESS RELEASE). “Version 2.0 of the database is being released to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, which claimed 32 lives over a 24-hour period. The database now includes names and information for all 1,215 people killed in a mass shooting since 1966—the youngest was 18 months, the oldest was 98. It also includes a new firearms database of all 377 guns used in mass shootings since 1966, individually coded by when and how they were obtained. Although two-thirds were legally obtained, 30% of guns used in mass shootings came into the shooter’s possession within the month prior to being used.”

Politico: Blocked gun sales skyrocket amid coronavirus pandemic

Politico: Blocked gun sales skyrocket amid coronavirus pandemic. “In March 2019, the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) ran background checks on 823,273 attempted gun buys (the system immediately greenlights the vast majority of transactions). This past March, however, NICS processed more than 1.4 million background checks––a massive spike. The most dramatic shift, though, might be in how many people the system blocked from buying guns. In March 2019 and February 2020, the NICS system blocked about 9,500 and 9,700, respectively. But in March 2020, it blocked more than double that amount: a whopping 23,692 gun sales.”

NBC News: Gun violence is surging in cities, and hitting communities of color hardest

NBC News: Gun violence is surging in cities, and hitting communities of color hardest. “Over 1,500 people have been shot in Chicago, almost 900 in Philadelphia, and more than 500 in New York City so far in 2020 — all up significantly from the same time last year (1,018 in Chicago, 701 in Philadelphia and 355 in New York). The surge in shootings has been particularly painful for communities of color, which have disproportionately endured the weight of the COVID-19 crisis, the economic recession and social unrest following the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis in May.”

Protocol: Facebook tried to ban gun sales 4 years ago. It’s still trying.

Protocol: Facebook tried to ban gun sales 4 years ago. It’s still trying.. “In early 2016, Facebook took a political stand unlike any it had before, prohibiting private gun sales on its website. Four years later, the fallout — gun enthusiast groups moving into the shadows where sales remain common, sellers gaming the Marketplace feature, and the well-documented use of coded language by gun owners — demonstrates how difficult it is for Facebook and other platforms to monitor and control the powerful forums they provide.”

CU Anschutz Medical Campus: Study Shows Promising New Web Approach to Prevent Firearm Suicide

CU Anschutz Medical Campus: Study Shows Promising New Web Approach to Prevent Firearm Suicide. “Access to firearms and other lethal methods of suicide during periods of risk can make it more likely that a suicide attempt will end in death. Yet many patients with suicidal thoughts or behaviors receive no counseling about this from healthcare providers, and many have questions about options for firearm or medication storage. To address the issue, clinicians and researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus partnered with Grit Digital Health. The team created Lock to Live, a web resource to help suicidal adults – and family, friends or providers – make decisions about reducing access to firearms, medications, and other potential suicide methods.”

The Guardian: A gun is fired on US school grounds twice a week, database reveals

The Guardian: A gun is fired on US school grounds twice a week, database reveals. “A gun is fired on a school campus in America nearly twice a week. Suicide, homicides, a police shooting, attacks on students by other students: more than once a month this past year, gunfire on American school and university campuses has turned deadly, according to a database of school gunfire incidents compiled by advocates.”

PR Newswire: Database of Mass Shooters Compiled by Hamline Students Released for Public Use

PR Newswire: Database of Mass Shooters Compiled by Hamline Students Released for Public Use (PRESS RELEASE). “On November 19, 2019, The Violence Project, a nonpartisan think tank, will publicly release the largest, most comprehensive database of mass shooters in the United States. This new database, funded by the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice, was developed by professors Jillian Peterson and James Densley and a team of students at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota. It includes 171 mass shooters from 1966 to 2019, each coded on 100 pieces of life history information.”