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gun ownership rates, higher crime
Real Clear Science
Acknowledging the limitations of current research on the link between gun ownership and crime, Florida State University criminologist Gary Kleck sorted through dozens of studies to first separate the best from the worst, and then determine what the strongest studies tell us. His efforts were recently published in the Journal of Criminal Justice.
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California continues to have large backlog of prohibited gun owners
The Sacramento Bee
Almost two years after lawmakers set aside $24 million to seize guns from thousands of people banned from having them, a new California Department of Justice report shows that the backlog of prohibited gun owners shrunk by less than one-fifth from a year earlier. There were almost 17,500 people in the Armed and Prohibited Persons System as of Dec. 31, 2014. That was down by about 18 percent from the more than 21,000 in the database as of January 2014, according to the department’s March 1 report to the Legislature.
Sandy Hook suit makes case that military-style weapons aren't for civilians
Los Angeles Times
Among the many outrageous aspects of the Sandy Hook tragedy was the firepower of the weapon, which had been bought legally by his mother, Adam Lanza's first murder victim. Now lawyers for the families of some of the victims are pursuing a lawsuit against the gun manufacturer, distributor and gun shop involved in making and selling the weapon Lanza used.
Gun industry's helping hand triggers a surge in college shooting teams
The Washington Post
In between completing problem sets, writing code, organizing hackathons, worrying about internships and building solar cars, a group of MIT students make their way to the athletic center, where they stand side-by-side, load their guns and fire away. They are majoring in biological engineering, brain and cognitive sciences, aeronautics, mechanical engineering, computer science and nuclear science. Before arriving at MIT, nearly all of them had never touched a gun or even seen one that wasn’t on TV.
Health care for veterans goes high-tech
The Washington Post
When Barbara Van Dahlen was brainstorming ways to address veterans' mental health needs 10 years ago, she was inspired by Craigslist and the way the site made it easy for buyers to find sellers. "I thought — I should be able to use technology to connect mental-health professionals all over the country with veterans and their families," said Van Dahlen, a licensed clinical psychologist and president of nonprofit group Give an Hour. The organization gives troops and their families access to free mental health services through video sessions with a network of volunteers.
Veteran, amputee helps others through fitness
An Army veteran is using his experiences to help others get physically fit. "The only ceiling is the one we put on ourselves," says CrossFit coach Derick Carver. Carver recently moved to Northeast Ohio to open Chagrin Falls CrossFit, but his road to fitness started years ago with football and heavy lifting. In 2009, Carver was deployed to Afghanistan. In 2010, he was medevaced to Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
State attorneys general urge U.S. ATF to discard proposed ammo ban
The attorneys general of Montana and 22 other states are urging U.S. firearms regulators to drop a proposed ban on a type of ammunition popular with shooting sports enthusiasts but which regulators said could be used by criminals to harm police. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives recently proposed prohibiting the manufacture and sale for the general public of a certain type of military-grade ammunition, M855 5.56 mm, widely used in the AR-15 rifle, because it can pierce protective vests or soft body armor worn by police.
Why it's important for women to own guns
Guns & Ammo
What are the reasons motivating women to purchase and own firearms? Guns & Ammo's installment of the NSSF's report examines the driving factors of a woman's interest in owning firearms.
Texas bill would prohibit doctors from asking about guns
The Texas Tribune
While legislation expanding how and where Texans can carry weapons is dominating the Legislature, one state lawmaker is targeting the doctor's office as a place to keep the federal government from learning who owns guns. Over the objections of the medical community, state Rep. Stuart Spitzer, R-Kaufman, has filed a bill that would prohibit doctors from asking patients whether they own a firearm and makes the Texas Medical Board, which licenses physicians, responsible for doling out punishment.
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Senate Republicans pass open carry bill for handguns in Texas
The Dallas Morning News
Licensed Texans would be allowed to openly carry handguns in a shoulder or belt holster — like the Old West — under legislation tentatively approved by the Senate after emotional debate that sharply divided Democrats and Republicans. Under the measure by Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, Texas would join most other states in authorizing open carry of handguns — as long as the person has a state concealed handgun license.
Mother killed protecting her children from gang shootout
CNN via KRON-TV
A mother was killed protecting her two young children from a hail of bullets in California and now, police are hunting for her killer. The 30-year-old mother acted on instinct when a shootout between rival gangs broke out near her home in the 2800 block of Chestnut Street in West Oakland.
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