Gun Crime Archive

WA – Gun Crime – 6 Things to Know Now About the School Shooting in Washington State

THE TRACE.COM September 14, 2017 – Rockford, Washington, a community four miles from the Idaho border that hasn’t seen a shooting in recent memory, was the scene of bloodshed and bravery on Wednesday, as a troubled high school sophomore opened fire on four of his classmates, killing one of them. Caleb Sharpe, the alleged perpetrator of the attack at Freeman High School, got a pistol and an assault rifle from his father’s…

WA – Gun Crime – Spokane County Sheriff Blames Everything But Guns For School Shooting

HUFFINGTON PPOST.COM September 14, 2017 – The day after a Washington state high school student opened fire on his classmates, killing one and injuring three others, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich held a press conference to decry the frequency of such shootings. Knezovich then launched into a list of factors he believes were at play when 15-year-old suspect Caleb Sharpe brought both a handgun and an AR-15 rifle to…

WA – Gun Crime – Student opens fire at Washington state school, killing classmate

REUTERS.COM September 13, 2017 – A student carrying two guns opened fire at his high school near Spokane, Washington on Wednesday, killing one classmate and injuring three others before he was apprehended by a staff member, the local sheriff said. The slain student was trying to convince the shooter, whose first gun had jammed, not to carry out the morning rampage when he was shot dead, Spokane County Sheriff…

TX – Gun Crime – Far Fewer Harvey-Related Burglaries Net Far Fewer Guns Than During Katrina

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON September 7, 2017 – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) announced on Thursday it is partnering with the gun industry and local activists to offer tens of thousands of dollars for information on gun store burglaries. The ATF (said) that six gun stores were burglarized during Hurricane Harvey. Though Hurricane Harvey affected more than 650 federally licensed gun dealers, the ATF said there…

Guns End The Argument: The Case Of Kansas City’s Pretty Pennington

KCUR.ORG August 31, 2017 – Pretty Pennington was killed by a girl fight, a handgun and an AK-47. She’d been to a friend’s wedding that Saturday night, Nov. 12, 2016. When the wedding was over, Pennington drove away with her sister and two of her best friends, but her black Chevy Impala broke down. A man allegedly came up to the car at the passenger side, where Pennington’s sister…

IL – Gun Crime – CPS special education teacher accused of helping juvenile supply guns to FBI informant

CHICAGO TRIBUNE August 30, 2017 – Chicago Public Schools special education teacher who works in the city’s violence-torn Englewood neighborhood has been charged with federal weapons offenses after he allegedly conspired to provide firearms and ammunition to a felon working undercover for the FBI. Brent Turpin, 53, was charged in a criminal complaint unsealed Wednesday with one count each of conspiring to provide a firearm and ammunition to a known felon…

CO – Gun Crime – Thieves Stole 65 Guns While ‘Most Armed Man in America’ Was at Dinner

BREITBART.COM August 28, 2017 – Thieves drove a truck through a metal barrier and stole 65 guns from Dragonman’s gun store and shooting range while Mel “Dragon Man” Bernstein — “the most armed man in America” — was out eating dinner. The incident occurred on Sunday night. According to the Denver Post, Berstein said, “I have over 200 machine guns in my name. If I had been there they…

Int’l – Gun Crime – ATF Traced Dramatically Fewer Guns in Mexico, Central America Last Year

WASHINGTON FREE BEACON August 11, 2017 – Reports released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) on Wednesday show traces of crime guns that originated in the United States but ended up in Mexico or Central America were down by a wide margin in 2016. One report shows traces of U.S.-sourced Mexican crime guns by the ATF’s National Tracing Center dropped from 17,784 in 2015 to 13,452,…

IL – Gun Crime – Chicago Cousins Facing Federal Firearms Charges for Allegedly Dealing Guns on City’s South Side

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE August 8, 2017 –  Two cousins from Chicago are facing federal firearms charges for allegedly dealing guns on the city’s South Side. Over a four-month period earlier this year, BENJAMIN VASQUEZ JR. illegally sold 16 firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun and an AK-47 rifle, according to criminal complaints and affidavits filed in federal court in Chicago. Unbeknownst to him, the buyer was cooperating with law enforcement…

IL – Gun Crime – Guns of Chicago (VIDEO)

CBS NEWS.COM August 7, 2017 – As Fourth of July fireworks boomed overhead on Chicago’s West Side, Tim White, a community organizer and peacemaker, was preparing for the worst. More than 100 people were shot over the long holiday weekend, and White has made it his mission to stop those who might try to retaliate. In his own words, White is an “original gangster” from those very streets, who…

City revives effort to quell gun violence by aggressively targeting gang members

PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE August 7, 2017 – Pittsburgh officials are taking another crack at an anti-gang violence strategy that failed when the city first tried it — but they say this time the effort is boosted by police cooperation and federal support. National criminologist David Kennedy pioneered the approach, which aims to reduce gang-related gun violence by levying heavy enforcement against the most violent gang members while offering help to…

Inside the gun violence epidemic on Chicago’s South Side (VIDEO)

CBS NEWS.COM August 4, 2017 – Chicago police have already seized more than 5,000 guns from the streets this year. Young men on the city’s south and west sides told CBS News how easy it is to get illegal guns, and why many never leave their homes without one. “I know people who can’t walk from they house to the store without a gun,” said Aaron Murph. “Because people…

AL – Gun Crime – Alabama wants two wrongs to make a right

HOUMA TODAY.COM  August 3, 2017 – Anthony Hinton served nearly 30 years on Alabama’s death row until he was finally exonerated in 2015. The Washington Post summarized his case at the time of his release: “Hinton was convicted of two separate killings of Birmingham restaurant workers – the Feb. 25, 1985, slaying of John Davidson, and the July 2, 1985, killing of Thomas Vason – even though there were…

FL – Gun Crime – Florida Judge: 20-Year Sentence for Firing Gun an Injustice

U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT.COM August 1, 2017 –  An appeals court judge criticized Florida’s mandatory minimum gun laws Tuesday while regretfully upholding the 20-year-sentence of a man who fired a gun at the ground. A three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal agreed that Eric Patrick Wright’s sentence cannot be reduced, but Judge James Wolf took the extra step of writing an opinion that calls the…

Nat’l – Gun Crime – Going After Felons: DOJ Heavily Prosecuting Violations of Federal Gun Laws

TOWNHALL.COM July 28, 2017 – During the Obama administration prosecutions of federal gun law violations dropped by nearly 30 percent. Since February, the Trump administration has already turned those numbers around.  According to the Justice Department, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, federal gun prosecutions are up by 23 percent in 2017 compared to last year.   

FL – Gun Crime – New Evidence that Gun Theft is Running Rampant in Florida (VIDEO)

ABC ACTION NEWS.COM July 26, 2017 – New evidence suggests that gun theft is running rampant in Florida. Gun pirates in Tampa Bay are becoming more brazen, from the common smash and grab to a pick up truck barreling right through the front door. But new numbers prove that while gun store break-ins capture the headlines, it’s actually gun thefts from “individuals” that are putting more guns out on…

MD – Gun Crime – Baltimore Guts The One Good Gun Law It Could Have Had

HOT AIR.COM July 26, 2017 – In the city of Baltimore, now frequently known as the murder capital of the country, the City Council was on the verge of passing a gun related law this week which would actually do some good. The proposed legislation would have imposed stiff new penalties (including significant jail time) for those caught using illegal weapons in the commission of a crime. So how…

NYC – Gun Crime – Gun Cases are Notoriously Hard to Make Stick. New York Thinks It Has the Answer.

THE TRACE.COM July 24, 2017 – Two New York police officers were sitting in a patrol car one night last August when they saw Avree Lamar, a 19-year-old with an open arrest warrant, climb into a cab near a housing project in Red Hook, Brooklyn. The officers followed the cab, pulled it over, and arrested Lamar. In the back of Lamar’s waistband, they found a loaded 9mm pistol, court…

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