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AZ – Gun Crime – Former DEA agent pleads guilty to illegally selling assault rifles

AZ CENTRAL.COM August 15, 2018 – A former Nogales-based Drug Enforcement Administration employee pleaded guilty in a Tucson federal court on Tuesday to one count of selling firearms online without a license, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada said. Joseph Michael Gill, 42, had applied for a federal firearms license in December 2012 but withdrew his application before being granted the license, the office said. After withdrawing his application, Gill purchased multiple…

Int’l – Gun Crime – More people are dying from gun violence in Canada. Is America to blame?

KUOW.ORG (NPR) August 15, 2018 – On a Sunday night, Jerry Pinksen and his girlfriend Danielle Kane took a friend out for a birthday dinner. They went to the Danforth, a hip area in Toronto with lots of bars and restaurants. “And we were out on the patio, and all of a sudden we heard what we thought were gunshots,” Pinksen says. “And we started talking about the recent…

SC – Gun Crime – Former candidate charged shooting death of campaign treasurer, backed gun control during race (VIDEO)

WJBF.COM August 10, 2018 – Politics meets murder mystery Georgia-lina. A former Georgia Congressional candidate is now charged with the murder of her campaign treasurer. Thomson woman, Kellie Collins, turned herself into the McDuffie County Sheriff’s Office the same day authorities in Aiken County found Curtis Cain’s body in his apartment. Athens, GA news agency, Online Athens, reported one of the positions highlighted on her website was “responsible” gun regulation. Collins said…

IL – Gun Crime – Chicago shootings put spotlight on Illinois gun laws (VIDEO)

FOX NEWS August 10, 2018 – After an exceptionally violent weekend in Chicago that left nearly a dozen people dead, about 70 people were hurt and 11 killed – ages 11 to 63 – over the weekend as gun violence erupted in Chicago. The violence has also raised questions about the impact of gun laws. The city does not have the toughest gun laws in the country, as some have claimed. But Illinois is ranked…

CA – Gun Crime – California man sentenced for selling guns he made with YouTube tutorial

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS July 30, 2018 – A Sacramento-area man was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison Thursday, a year after he sold two homemade guns to an undercover federal agent. Allan Rivers made the guns using tutorials on Youtube, according to his attorney. Federal prosecutors say in July and August 2017, Rivers sold three guns to an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms…

SC – Gun Crime – Feds: SC gun-smuggling operation shipped guns to Bloods gang in New York

THE STATE.COM July 23, 2018 – The guns traveled by car along what is known as the “Iron Pipeline” — routes along Interstate 95 from Southern states, including South Carolina, with weak gun laws to Northern states. Guns bought at gun shops or gun shows in South Carolina for $500, for example, can be sold for two or three times that price or more in the Northern states, where…

‘I can’t be a felon’: Gun owners sue California over faulty weapon registration system (VIDEO)

SACRAMENTO BEE.COM July 13, 2018 – Harry Sharp spent most of the last weekend of June sitting in front of his computer, trying resolutely to register his four newly banned guns on the California Department of Justice’s website. The deadline to register his bullet-button assault weapons was June 30 and California’s online reporting system kept crashing. Sharp said he managed to register his Steyr AUG, a bullpup-style rifle, on…

FL – Gun Crime – Official: Florida Shooting Suspect’s Mom Let Him Buy Gun

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT July 10,2018 – Mental health counselors told the mother of Florida school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz she shouldn’t let him buy guns, but she ignored their concerns and he began assembling an arsenal before her death last year, officials said Tuesday. About a year before the attack, Nikolas Cruz was 18 and living with his mother when he legally bought the AR-15 authorities say was used…

CA – Gun Crime – GHOST GUNS: 10 charged in Los Angeles homemade gun ring

VENTURA COUNTY STAR (VCSTAR.COM) July 5, 2018 – Ten people have been arrested in a takedown of a criminal ring that was producing homemade, untraceable handguns and rifles in Hollywood, police and federal agents said Thursday. During a six-month undercover operation, Los Angeles police detectives and agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had purchased dozens of so-called “ghost guns.” The homemade weapons contain no registration…

MD – Gun Crime – Her job with the MS-13 robbery crew: Case the businesses and wipe down the guns.

WASHINGTON POST (Subscription) July 5, 2018 – Josselin Ramirez faced long odds as her trial drew to a close. Prosecutors in Montgomery County had tied the 20-year-old to an armed MS-13 robbery crew, showing that she helped them case businesses ahead of heists and cleaned the weapons to remove evidence after the robberies. Jurors had watched a video of Ramirez speaking to detectives about her earlier gang life in…

AL – Gun Crime – Man accused of killing 3 after judge denies ex-wife’s request to have his guns taken away

THE HILL.COM July 3, 2018 – An Alabama man is accused of shooting three people to death after a judge denied his ex-wife’s attempts to order him to surrender his weapons, according to The Decatur Daily. The news outlet reported on Tuesday that police say Darwin Brazier, 43, of Ardmore, used a semi-automatic SKS rifle with a high-capacity magazine to shoot and kill his ex-wife and two other people before killing himself. 

Int’l – Gun Crime – Gangs and gun violence

CASTANET.NET July 3, 2018 – Toronto Mayor John Tory says there is “no easy answer” or magic wand to reduce gun violence in the country’s largest city, which has claimed 22 lives so far in 2018. Tory said statistics indicate that more than 75 per cent of the shootings in Toronto are in some way gang-related. Meantime, the chief of police told local TV station CP24 that more than…

MD – Gun Crime – Capital Gazette shooting suspect legally purchased pump-action shot gun about a year ago

CAPITAL GAZETTE.COM June 29, 2018 – The man charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of five Capital Gazette workers in Annapolis Thursday legally purchased the gun he used. Although he refused to call him by name, Police Chief Timothy Altomare said at a Friday press conference that 38-year-old Jarrod Ramos bought the pump-action shotgun about a year ago. 

Five dead in ‘targeted attack’ at Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, police say

CAPITAL GAZETTE June 29, 2018 – A gunman blasted his way into the Capital Gazette newsroom in Annapolis with a shotgun Thursday afternoon, killing five people, authorities said. Journalists dived under their desks and pleaded for help on social media. One reporter described the scene as a “war zone.” A photographer said he jumped over a dead colleague and fled for his life. Police took a suspect into custody…

Every Newspaper Reporter Knows Jarrod Ramos

ESQUIRE.COM June 29, 2018 -Jarrod Ramos, the man who allegedly killed five staff members of the Annapolis Capital-Gazette, is sadly, terrifyingly typical, at least to anyone who ever worked at a newspaper of any size. Court records available online paint a picture of an angry misogynist of the classic type, the angry reader of the classic type, and the angry online presence of the newly classic type. Then, he picked up his…

FL – Gun Crime – She burst into an Internet cafe with a gun. Someone in the place was armed too, cops say (VIDEO)

MIAMI HERALD June 25, 2018 – A woman is behind a counter, counting money. On the counter is what appears to be a tip jar full of cash. Suddenly in the left side of the frame, a heavyset woman enters the place, called Flip Flops. She’s wearing a gray hoodie with her face covered. She points a gun at the worker, who cowers in fear on the floor.

IL – Gun Crime – Deadly Force: When Powerful Guns And Young Men Collide

WGLT.ORG (NPR) June 24, 2018 – Jody Gardner and Reggie Hart Jr. went to visit 17-year-old Chris Harrison on a Wednesday night. Soon, the narrow hallway outside Harrison’s family apartment in Normal was filled with gunfire. Harrison chased his visitors into a nearby stairwell, where authorities say he fired more than 20 rounds into their bodies from an AR-15. 

FL – Woof Protection – Bodycam footage shows police dog wrestling gun away from burglary suspect (VIDEO)

ABC NEWS.COM June 21, 2018 – A rookie police dog in Florida was seen on body camera footage wrestling a gun away from a burglary suspect who is accused of breaking into his ex-girlfriend’s home. The Pensacola Police Department’s newest K-9 is being credited with saving the lives of several officers — as well as the suspect — after he took a loaded shotgun out of the suspect’s hands,…

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