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Stricter Gun Laws Haven’t Made Communities Safer from Mass Shootings

A trauma research team has developed a profile of commonalities among communities where mass shootings have occurred that includes a shortage of mental health professionals, a relative lack of socialization opportunities, higher rates of income inequality, and relatively high housing …

What States Have Done, and Not Done, About Guns

Shortly after last year’s shooting massacre on the Las Vegas strip, Ohio Gov. John Kasich convened a panel to explore possible reforms to state gun laws. A Republican, Kasich wanted to be sure its members clearly supported the Second Amendment. …

House Republicans Advance Bill Making It Easier to Carry Guns Across State Lines

The National Rifle Association has called the concealed carry bill, which would make it easier for gun owners to keep their firearms hidden when crossing state lines, its “highest legislative priority in Congress.” Despite concerns raised by Democrats about states’ …

Tennessee Attorney General: Private Groups Can’t Ban Guns in Parks

The Tennessee Attorney General’s opinion says private organizations can’t prevent licensed handgun permit holders from taking weapons into events the groups operate at public parks. The Tennessean reported the July 29 opinion said under a new state law, local governments …

Florida Court Upholds Law Banning Open Carry of Firearms for Self Defense

An appeals court has upheld a Florida law banning people from openly carrying firearms purely for self-defense purposes. A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal issued the ruling Feb. 18 in the case of Dale Norman. Norman …

States with More Gun Laws Show Lower Rate of Firearm Fatalities: Study

Having a higher number of firearm laws in a state may be associated with a lower rate of firearm fatalities from suicides and homicides, according to a study of all 50 states published by JAMA Internal Medicine. More than 30,000 …