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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…

TX – GUN SAFETY – WATCH: Graphic Video Shows Texas Kid’s Reaction After Finding Unsecured Gun (VIDEO)

There were five kids admitted to Cook Children’s Medical Center, with gunshot wounds, this past weekend. Health workers there say they can’t ever remember seeing so many injuries involving weapons and young people in such a short time period. The shootings left a 4-year-old boy dead and a 6-year-old fighting for his life after being shot in the head with a rifle. “These are all injuries that…

NAT’L – GUN SAFETY – Handgun Break-In: Is It Needed?

At the gun shop the other day, while shopping for a new concealed-carry pistol, I asked about the reliability of the pistol I was interested in after looking at several in the showcase. I was shocked at the answer I got, to the point of rethinking my decision of buying a new gun. The person behind the counter told me I had to shoot at least 500…

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…

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