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OR – GUN SAFETY – Gun owners and mental health professionals aligning on suicide prevention

Suicides rates are rising, and the role of guns is stark, unavoidable and contentious. So it may be remarkable that some health professionals have taken the unusual step of partnering with gun owners in firearm-friendly strategies for saving lives. In Central Oregon, researchers worked with a family doctor and rural firearm owners to develop a suicide prevention message that respects the cultural values and rights of gun owners….

WA – GUN SAFETY – Washington awarded $1 million for school shooting prevention training (VIDEO)

With gun violence on the rise and the start of school coming up, Washington state parents want to know if their kids are going to be safe. Congress recently approved nearly $1 billion for school safety, with $1 million going to Washington state. With some states deciding to use the money for better reaction to shootings, state superintendent Chris Reykdal says they prefer to focus on prevention….

IN – GUN SAFETY – Safety Lockers: A New Way For College Students To Store Their Firearms And Prevent Accidents

A local gun shop is looking at ways to keep college campuses more safe by providing lockers for firearms. Top Guns has installed multiple lockers inside of their facility. The idea is that students will leave their firearms in the locker rather than bring them on campus. A local gun shop is looking at ways to keep college campuses more safe by providing lockers for firearms. Top Guns…

CO – GUN SAFETY – How Colorado lawmakers are trying to make schools safer

The four Democrats and four Republicans on the committee will meet four times and perhaps draft bills designed to make students and teachers safer. The committee is casting a wide net, taking into account school culture and climate, mental health services, and the problem of youth suicide, which claims far more lives than school shootings or other homicides. We are going beyond shootings. We are not ignoring…

WI – GUN SAFETY – Sen. Schachtner, Bipartisan Colleagues Introduce Bill To Grant Gun Safe Sales Tax Exemption

A bipartisan coalition of legislators including Sen. Patty Schachtner (D-Somerset) introduced a bill to provide a sales and use tax exemption for the purchase of gun safes. Additional bill authors include Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), Rep. Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago), and Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison). “As a medical examiner and former school employee, I know that every suicide is tragic and community-altering,” said Sen. Schachtner. “Safe gun storage…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – The misuse of guns is the heart of the issue

Colt, Winchester, Smith and Wesson, Remington and others are all old established manufacturers of reliable, best quality and revered firearms that have served our republic and individual citizens for centuries. The products these companies produce are of the highest quality and durability. Their dependability has led them to be continually sought after by generations for their recreational and defensive uses. Law enforcement and military agencies worldwide continue…

TX – GUN SAFETY – Texas Congressman Roger Williams files $2B bill to harden schools (VIDEO)

The start of a new school year is probably the furthest thing from your child’s mind, but that’s not the case for Texas Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin). “We have not done enough up here in Congress to protect our students and our teachers from the problems we’ve had with schools in the past,” Representative Williams told KVUE. The problems he’s referencing are incidents of mass violence, including the shooting at…

OH – GUN SAFETY – House panel considering changes to concealed carry gun law

An Ohio House committee on Wednesday considered legislation opposed by law enforcement groups that would drop the requirement for people carrying concealed weapons to say they are armed during interactions with officers. The bill sponsored by Republicans Rep. Ron Hood, of Ashville, and Rep. Thomas Brinkman Jr., of Cincinnati, would also eliminate requirements for firearms training, background checks and a license before people over 21 can conceal…

TX – GUN SAFETY – Texas To Launch $1 Million Gun Safety Awareness Campaign

The Texas Department of Public Safety will launch an awareness campaign to urge gun owners to lock away their firearms. The initiative is part of the state budget Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law this past weekend. The budget allocates $1 million over two years to the campaign, which will likely be similar to DPS’ Don’t Mess With Texas and Turn Around Don’t Drown awareness campaigns. The gun control group Texas Gun Sense applauded the…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – This System Alerts Before Shooting

As mass shootings and gun violence continue to climb in the US, security has become one of the highest priorities for many organizations. A variety of new technologies have been developed to help prevent, detect and respond to these threats — including gunshot detection and improved security cameras. An original approach has been taken by AI security camera startup Athena Security. The company uses computer…

TX – Gun Safety – The Longview Police Department offers safety tips while kids are home alone this summer (VIDEO)

June is national safety month and the Longview Police Department is reminding parents of several safety hazards while their kids are home from school this summer. The possibilities of what could go wrong may seem endless, but there’s three things the Longview Police Department and Partners in Prevention are focusing on, guns, prescription medicine and alcohol. Leaving a gun lying around your house can lead to unwanted consequences. “We have had a…

VA – GUN SAFETY – Former locally based Navy SEALs develop gun detection technology to stop mass shootings (VIDEO)

A group of former locally based Navy SEALs has developed technology to try and stop active shooters. Their company is called ZeroEyes and is now based out of Philadelphia. They’ve created a system that monitors surveillance cameras and through artificial intelligence can detect when someone pulls out a gun. The system plugs into existing cameras and can detect AK-47s, AR-15s and 9mm handguns – among other guns. The company…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Mandating Gun Locks Can Have Unintended Consequences

Last year, right after a student fatally shot eight classmates and two teachers at Santa Fe High School, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick urged Texans to lock up their firearms. The killer had stolen his father’s guns. On the last night of the legislative session, the Republican-dominated state legislature approved a $1 million public safety campaign for gun storage. The Associated Press and other national media are playing this as a…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Anti-gun violence activists say they’ll no longer use dubious CDC statistics

The Brady Campaign, a leading gun violence prevention group, announced Monday that it will no longer be using gun injury estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), calling the federal agency’s reports too unreliable. Instead, it will use data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), a database under the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Survey: Majority of gun owners support the sale of ‘smart’ guns but aren’t likely to buy them

A new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that almost four out of five current gun owners support the sale of both traditional and personalized guns through licensed dealers, but only 18% of gun owners reported being likely to purchase a personalized gun for themselves when considering the additional costs. Some personalized guns require unique biometric information, like an…

TN – GUN SAFETY – Tennessee ‘Moms Demand Action’ ‘Everytown’ criticizes Gov. Lee for signing bill gutting handgun permitting system’s training requirement

The new law weakens Tennessee’s handgun carry permitting system and faced bipartisan opposition in both the House and Senate.

FL – GUN SAFETY – Florida Man With Concealed Gun In His Waistband Shot Himself When He Took It Out

Arnel Villarreal was waiting in the visitors parking lot of Summerlin Academy when he took a .9mm semi-automatic pistol from his waistband. He intended to secure the weapon in his vehicle. 

FL – GUN SAFETY – Nationally, number of people hurt in firearms accidents is flat. In Florida, it’s soaring.

Four incidents, one fatal, have been reported in Tampa Bay during the past three weeks. Says one gun instructor: ‘All four of those situations should have never happened.’ 

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