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AVOWED TRUMP SUPPORTER ARRESTED NEAR CAPITOL FOR CARRYING GUN; WOMAN CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING POLICE. A 22-YEAR-OLD VIRGINIA MAN WHOSE FACEBOOK PAGE FEATURES A PHOTO FROM THE JAN. 6 RIOT AT THE U.S. CAPITOL WAS ARRESTED NEAR THE CAPITOL COMPLEX SUNDAY, AND POLICE SAID HE WAS CARRYING THREE HIGH-CAPACITY MAGAZINES, 37 ROUNDS OF UNREGISTERED AMMUNITION AND A GLOCK 22 FIREARM. SMALL GROUPS OF RIGHT-WING PROTESTERS — SOME OF THEM CARRYING RIFLES — GATHERED OUTSIDE HEAVILY FORTIFIED STATEHOUSES AROUND THE COUNTRY SUNDAY AS NATIONAL GUARD TROOPS AND POLICE KEPT WATCH TO PREVENT A REPEAT OF THE VIOLENCE THAT ERUPTED AT THE U.S. CAPITOL. THERE WERE NO IMMEDIATE REPORTS OF ANY CLASHES.‘THERE IS THIS STIGMA THAT IF YOU ARE BLACK AND THAT YOU HAVE A GUN THEN YOU ARE A CRIMINAL,’ SAID VANESSA HALL-HARPER. THE NATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GUN ASSOCIATION HELD ITS FIRST MEETING ON SATURDAY IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA IN AN EFFORT TO EDUCATE THE BLACK COMMUNITY ON GUN SAFETY AND PROTECTION.GUNS AND RANGE TRAINING CENTER IN WEST PALM BEACH IS SEEING A BOOM IN BUSINESS AS BUYERS FLOCK TO THE SHOOTING RANGE LOOKING TO BUY ARMS AND AMMO. MIKE SHKOP, THE OWNER OF THE CENTER SAYS THE RISE IN SALES NEARLY DOUBLED SINCE THE START OF THE PANDEMIC.A CROWD OF ABOUT 100 PEOPLE, MANY OF THEM ARMED AND FOCUSED ON GUN RIGHTS, GATHERED PEACEFULLY OUTSIDE THE TEXAS CAPITOL GATES FOR A FEW HOURS SUNDAY IN A SCENE THAT IS FAIRLY COMMON IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN AT THE BEGINNING OF A LEGISLATIVE SESSION AND UNLIKE AUTHORITIES' WORST-CASE SCENARIO FEARS THAT PROTESTS COULD TURN VIOLENT DURING THE WEEKEND. BUT THOSE CONCERNS DID NOT COME TO PASS, AS A HEIGHTENED LAW ENFORCEMENT PRESENCE WAS VISIBLE ON THE CAPITOL GROUNDS AND PROTESTERS SPOKE OF BEING CONTACTED BY THE FBI BEFOREHAND. AS OF PRESS TIME SUNDAY, AUSTIN'S SMALL RALLY MIRRORED OTHER PROTESTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT DAY.

SC – GUN CRIME – Charleston mass murderer got his gun because of background check gaps, internal report shows

Dylann Roof got the pistol he used to kill nine people in a historic black church in South Carolina without a completed background check because of gaps in FBI databases, legal restrictions on how long the FBI can keep data on gun purchasers and other breakdowns in the system, according to an internal report obtained by CQ Roll Call. Four years after the 2015 attack at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston — and several more high-profile mass shootings — a bipartisan group of senators is still trying to hammer out a deal with the White House on background check legislation. Roof, an avowed white supremacist with a history of drug use, obtained a  .45-caliber Glock pistol despite a drug arrest that should have blocked the purchase. The FBI began a review of how that happened not long after the shooting. Recommendations in that 2015 report by the FBI’s Inspection Division included expanding what databases the bureau used for background checks, updating how it requested records from local law enforcement agencies and revising strict internal protocols that the report said hamstrung the process.  [full article]

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