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Virginia Beach shooting kills at least 11


At least 11 people were killed after a gunman opened fire at a municipal building in Virginia Beach, Va., on Friday afternoon. The shooter, who was a public utilities worker, also is dead. “This is the most devastating day in the history of Virginia Beach,” said Mayor Bobby Dyer. “The people involved are our friends, coworkers, neighbor, colleagues.”

LAPD and ATF find massive stockpile of weapons


An anonymous tip led the LAPD and ATF agents to a Los Angeles mansion where they found a stockpile of more than 1,000 guns. Police arrested Gerard Sands on the charge of unlawful selling and transportation of an assault weapon. Sands will likely face additional federal charges.

Shooting at Denver metro area school


At least seven students are injured at a shooting at STEM schools in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. While police originally believed that three suspects may have been involved, they confirm now that there were only two suspects. Both have been apprehended.

Slain NC student remembered as a hero


Riley Howell, one of the two students killed in this week’s shooting at UNC-Charlotte, is being remembered as a hero for his actions. Howell charged the gunman, knocking the gunman off his feet, and allowing a responding police officer to detain the shooter. Howell gave his life to save others.

Two dead in NC campus shooting


Two people have died and two others have life-threatening injuries following a Tuesday afternoon shooting on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus. The shooter was a student at the school who opened fire inside a classroom while other students gave a presentation. Police said that one suspect was in custody, and it didn’t appear that others were involved.

Shooting at synagogue outside San Diego


A 19-year-old man is in custody after a shooting at a synagogue in the California city of Poway left at least one person dead and several others wounded. The shooting, which is being described as a possible hate crime, occurred at Congregation Chabad on the last day of Passover. The suspect fled the scene, but called 911 to say he was involved and give his location. The rabbi called for unity and prayed for peace even after getting shot.

NRA president Oliver North steps down


As infighting within the NRA continues to grow, the organization’s president, Oliver North, has signaled that he will step down, amid allegations of financial impropriety among officials of the pro-gun group. New York Attorney General Letitia James has opened an investigation into the group’s tax-exempt status, sending letters on Friday to the NRA and affiliated entities, including its charitable foundation, telling them to preserve relevant financial records.

Trump to withdraw US from UN Arms Trade Treaty


President Trump effectively “unsigned” an international arms sales agreement at the NRA convention on Friday. The UN’s Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) sets global standards for regulating transfers of conventional arms, from rifles to tanks and airplanes. The U.S. signed on to the ATT in 2013 but has not ratified the treaty. The U.S. withdrawal was expected. Trump made it official by pulling out a pen onstage and signing a paper that he said would take back the Obama administration’s signature on behalf of the U.S.

FL Senate approves bill to arm teachers


The Florida state Senate on Tuesday approved a bill that would permit teachers to carry firearms on school grounds. The Senate voted 22-17, mostly along party lines, to approve the bill, setting up a vote in the state House. Should the legislation be signed into law, local school boards and charter school governing boards would still have to vote on if they would authorize teachers to be armed on their individual campuses.

20 years later: Columbine still trying to heal


20 years ago, 12 students and one teacher were killed at Columbine high school, the US’ first major school shooting. The pain of the event is carried by survivors even to this day. More recent shootings like the one at Stoneman Douglas high school shooting remind all that despite 20 years having passed since Columbine, more work needs to be done to prevent violence in schools.

Sol Pais found dead


Sol Pais, a woman obsessed with the Columbine shooting, triggered a massive manhunt when she traveled to Colorado and purchased a weapon soon after arriving. She was found dead at the base of Mt. Evans, ending the manhunt.

Pittsburgh passes tough gun laws


Following last year’s tragic shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Mayor Peduto signed several bills aimed at preventing such a tragedy from occurring again. The bills would restrict “military-style assault weapons”, ban armor piercing ammunition, ban high capacity magazines, and allow for the temporary seizure of guns of those determined to be a danger to themselves or others.

Rep Eric Swalwell set to join 2020 race


Rep. Eric Swalwell and political advisers around him have started to tell top Democrats he plans to launch a presidential campaign within weeks, focusing his campaign on gun control. Swalwell is hosting a town hall in Parkland, Fla., next week, where he is likely to officially launch his campaign.

Pittsburgh to ban ‘military-style’ rifles


Pittsburgh city council approved a measure which would make it illegal “to manufacture, sell, purchase, transport, carry, store or otherwise hold in one’s possession an assault weapon within the City.” The ban comes after Pittsburgh’s mass shooting last October which killed 11 people at Tree of Life Synagogue.

CO House passes ‘red flag’ gun bill


Colorado’s Democratic-controlled state Senate passed a bill by one vote on Thursday that aims to seize guns temporarily from people who are deemed a threat to themselves or others. Weld County Sheriff Steve Reams disagrees with the bill so much, he has said he’s willing to go to jail rather than enforce it. The controversial bill, which passed without any Republican support, is expected to pass the House, possibly this week.

Bump stocks still banned


The Supreme Court denied another request to halt the bump stock ban, leaving the ban in effect. Some gun rights activists have criticized the Trump administration for supporting the ban.

NRA official was in touch with Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist


NRA training instructor and program coordinator Mark Richardson wrote to Sandy Hook conspiracy theorist Wolfgang Halbig to discuss theories about the Parkland, Fla., school shooting last year. Halbig, a contributor to Alex Jones’s InfoWars, has authored numerous posts targeting parents of children who died in the 2012 shooting in Newtown, Conn.

Bump stock ban takes effect


After Chief Justice John Roberts declined to hear an appeal from gunmakers on Tuesday, bump stocks are now officially illegal in the U.S. The ban put into place by the Trump administration requires any bump stocks to be destroyed or turned in to law enforcement authorities, and would impose 10 years in federal prison or a $250,000 fine on anyone selling or owning the gun add-ons.

Second Parkland survivor commits suicide


After a second Parkland shooting survivor died by suicide in a week’s span, Florida’s emergency chief is calling for the state Legislature to dispatch more mental health resources for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. On Saturday night, a Parkland sophomore took his own life, just a week after a former student, whose best friend died in last year’s mass shooting, took her life.

Protests in Pittsburgh after cop acquitted


The verdict in the fatal shooting of unarmed teen Antwon Rose in June 2018 by a Pittsburgh police officer, who was acquitted Friday, angered his family and civic leaders and prompted hundreds of people to gather Saturday afternoon at an intersection called Freedom Corner in the Hill District neighborhood, the historic center of black cultural life in Pittsburgh.

Assault rifles to be banned in New Zealand


The New Zealand government has announced a ban on all military-style semi-automatic weapons and assault rifles in the wake of its worst mass shooting and terrorist attack in recent history. “On March 15, our history changed forever. Now, our laws will too,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.

New Zealand takes swift action


New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said that her cabinet has made an in-principle decision to tighten gun ownership laws in the aftermath of the terror attack there on Friday. Details are still to be worked out, but the changes will be announced in full within 10 days. She also said that while the man charged with carrying out the shootings was not a New Zealand citizen, the country cannot ignore the problem of white supremacy.

New Zealand to change gun laws


On Saturday morning, New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the main suspect in Friday’s terror attack had a gun licence and obtained the five firearms used in the attack legally. Ardern said more work would be done to trace the firearms but made one thing clear: “Our gun laws will change.” Asked if banning semi-automatic weapons was an option, Ardern said that was “certainly one of the issues” that would be looked at.

School shooting rocks Brazil


Two gunmen entered a Brazilian school in the suburb of São Paulo and killed eight people, including six students, on Wednesday. Gun violence is common in Brazil, but mass shootings, especially those in schools, are rare.