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NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – How to keep schools safe? We’re focusing our time, energy and money on ‘all the wrong things,’ experts say (VIDEO)

LAST WEEK’S DEADLY SHOOTING AT SAUGUS HIGH SCHOOL IN SANTA CLARITA, CALIFORNIA, PROMPTED CALLS FOR THE INCREASED INSTALLATION OF METAL DETECTORS AT SCHOOLS. SAFETY EXPERTS SAY THAT’S PRECISELY THE WRONG RESPONSE. THERE’S A CHEAPER, MORE EFFECTIVE APPROACH, BUT IT’S A TOUGH SELL. ACCORDING TO NATIONAL FIGURES COMPILED BY THE EDUCATOR’S SCHOOL SAFETY NETWORK, INCIDENTS OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE – DEFINED AS INSTANCES THAT REQUIRE A RESPONSE BEYOND THE INSTITUTION’S REGULAR CAPABILITIES – SPIKED BY MORE THAN 185% FROM THE 2016-17 SCHOOL YEAR TO 2018-19. OVER THAT TIME, THE NUMBER OF THREATS ALSO ROSE BY 62%.

CA – GUN SAFETY – What city schools are doing right in hardening their campuses in the era of mass shootings

On his 16th birthday, a student walked into Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, pulled a .45-caliber semi-automatic pistol from his backpack and opened fire on his fellow students. Within 16 seconds, he shot multiple students and ultimately shot himself, later dying from the wound. But the incident raised a number of security questions, including campus safety and the notion of “hardening” campuses, as had been done with…

WA – GUN SAFETY – Edmonds City Council votes to appeal gun storage law ruling

The debate over whether the city of Edmonds can tell its residents how to store their guns isn’t over. The City Council narrowly passed a resolution Tuesday night to appeal a decision made by a Snohomish County Superior Court judge that ruled the city’s mandate on gun storage violated state law. In a 4-3 vote, the motion to appeal passed, but members were split on whether the city has the…

WA – GUN SAFETY – City council votes to appeal judge’s ruling invalidating part of Edmonds’ gun storage law

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night voted 4-3 to appeal an October ruling by Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Anita Farris that invalidated part of an Edmonds’ ordinance requiring that residents safely lock up their firearms or face a fine. Edmonds’ two-part gun storage measure, approved by the council in July 2018, requires citizens to lock up their guns and allows fines ranging from $1,000 for simple unauthorized possession to…

OK – GUN SAFETY – Stillwater police investigating after gun accidentally discharged in Walmart (VIDEO)

It was a scary situation for shoppers at an Oklahoma store on Monday morning. “The first thing that comes to my mind when the gun goes off is how many kids were in the store,” Joe Munoz, who lives in Stillwater, told News 4. On late Monday morning, officers with the Stillwater Police Department were called to the Walmart on 6th St. after a customer’s gun accidentally discharged inside…

DC – GUN SAFETY – Barr to Announce New Initiative to Combat Violence Carried Out With Guns (VIDEO)

Attorney General Bill Barr will announce a new Department of Justice initiative tomorrow called Project Guardian. Project Guardian, which will be implemented through ATF and overseen by DOJ, will focus on preventing “gun violence” in cities across the country. Barr will make the announcement and detail the project Wednesday from downtown Memphis. He will be joined by ATF Acting Director Regina Lombardo, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Learn before you carry — it’s not the law, but a good idea

It could be true that a “good guy” with a gun can stop a “bad guy” with a gun, but anyone with a gun can also make a dangerous situation even worse if they aren’t properly trained. Gun safety is crucial for anyone who handles or is even in the vicinity of firearms, and it’s more important for those who would like to conceal and carry a…

TN – GUN SAFETY – Over 3,000 gun holsters sold at Bass Pro Shops, other retailers recalled

Over 3,000 gun holsters sold at Bass Pro Shops and other sporting goods stores nationwide are being recalled due to injury hazard. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 3,100 Blackhawk T-Series L2C holsters are being recalled because the holster design can change the positioning of the safety switch, which could lead to the gun firing if the trigger is unexpectedly pulled. The holster was designed to…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – After School Shootings, a Push for Openness Over Barricades

Repeated school shootings have yet to force action on gun control in Washington, but safety advocates are trying to build support for another strategy to keep children safe: smart school design.

Two bills pending in Congress would provide school districts with more information about safe school design, as well as money to pay for design services. As districts focus more intently on safety, some architects…

MI – GUN RIGHTS – Michigan House bills would make CPLs optional, allow gun owners to carry in gun-free zones

Michigan residents wouldn’t need a permit to carry a concealed firearm – and could carry them into locations where they’re currently off-limits – under bills currently up for debate in a state House committee. The main piece of the five-bill package, House Bill 4770, would eliminate current restrictions on carrying concealed weapons and storing them in vehicles, and make a CPL license unnecessary – although gun owners…

MN – GUN SAFETY – 16-year-old brought loaded gun to St. Paul high school, took photo with it, charges say

A 16-year-old admitted to bringing a loaded gun to his high school in St. Paul this week, authorities say. St. Paul police officers responded to Jennings Community School, formerly Jennings Experiential High School, on University Avenue around 10 a.m. Monday on a report that a student at the school might be carrying a firearm, according to a juvenile petition filed in Ramsey County District Court. Officers spoke…

NC – GUN SAFETY – Bulletproof Backpacks: News 13 asks the experts to put them to the test (VIDEO)

With every mass shooting comes renewed fear of another. Now, some parents are taking extra steps to protect their kids at school. They are buying backpacks that double as shields. News 13 wanted to know if they actually work, so we went to the experts for help. Henderson County’s Sheriff’s Office Training Director Sgt. Andrew Starling met us at a shooting range. We provided the bulletproof backpack…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Upon the ‘No Common Ground’ of Guns, a Behemoth Takes a Baby Step

In disputes over public policy, particularly those  that arouse controversy and passion, the competing camps frequently invoke the need to identify “common ground,” a place where both parties can come together and reason through their differences. It often succeeds if all involved embrace compromise, easing some of their demands while accepting some of those of their opponents. When the issue is gun control, though, it is time to…

GA – GUN SAFETY – Sen. Perdue proposes school safety bill for ‘better school design’

It’s a reality many parents wish wasn’t real – how to keep our kids safe from gun violence in school. Georgia Sen. David Perdue says better school design may be one of the first lines of defense. Perdue says redesigning schools is an essential first step to keeping kids safe from gun violence. Perdue says he is co-sponsoring the bipartisan ‘School Safety Clearinghouse Act,’ which would direct…

VA – GUN RIGHTS – GOP State Senator Runs Ad Saying She’s ‘Not Afraid To Shoot’ Gun Control Groups Down (VIDEO)

Last week, a Republican Virginia state lawmaker ran a Facebook ad warning gun control advocacy groups she is “not afraid to shoot” them down. Now she’s blaming the language on a digital media company she said was hired to work on it. The initial ad run by state Sen. Amanda Chase, who represents Chesterfield County, read, “I’m not afraid to shoot down gun groups.” In a statement Friday,…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Is the United States unusually violent? The answer may surprise you

Beneath our debate about gun violence, there’s an undercurrent assumption many people — particularly gun-rights advocates — seem to cling to: that the United States has more homicides than other industrialized countries not because we have more firearms but because something about our nation makes it culturally more prone to violence. Is it true? In many circles, the notion that overall violent crime in general is higher…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Despite the Bill of Rights, I’m scared

I want to shop in peace, not shop in terror. Growing up in Florida I was always taught different actions to take in the event of hurricanes, tornadoes, a stranger approaching and shootings. I’ve experienced all of these events except one — a shooting. By the grace of God, I can say that. Still, numerous Americans of all ages can’t say the same. That is unacceptable. Every…

SC – GUN SAFETY – Man Files Suit Against Firearms Manufacturer Sig Sauer After His Gun Accidentally Fired At Chick-Fil-A (VIDEO)

A lawsuit in the amount of $10 million has been filed against firearms manufacturer, SIG Sauer, following a 2016 incident at a South Carolina Chick-fil-A. Thomas Frankenberry alleges his legally carried and concealed P320 handgun went off without being touched, striking Frankenberry in the hip. According to court documents, the nine-millimeter bullet entered Frankenberry’s hip, traveled through his upper thigh, missing his femoral artery and lodging in…

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