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  • The NRA’s Unshakable Support for Police

    The National Rifle Association reveres police, treats their criticism as a sign of moral decline, and has gotten downright apocalyptic in response to protests of police abuses. In 2017, for instance, NRATV host Chuck Holton warned that the “blatant racism and violence” of the “Black Lives Matter crowd” could lead to the massacre of whites. And the NRA has repeatedly denounced taking a knee to protest racism and police brutality.  That history highlights a peculiar tension: The NRA styles itself...

  • Daily Bulletin: A Plea For Better Local Crime Data

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY Chicago is forming a new unit to fight violent crime. The announcement came after three consecutive weekends that saw at least 65 people shot, including several children — and hours after the hyperlocal news outlet CWB Chicago obtained internal police documents revealing that the department is “disbanding its gang, gun, and saturation teams.” The department said the new unit will “tackle violent crime and create community partnerships in some of...

  • Early Research Links Coronavirus Gun Sales Surge to Increased Shootings

    Gun purchases have soared during the coronavirus pandemic, and a new paper suggests that these additional firearms may be exacerbating violence around the country. In a paper pre-print released on July 4, researchers at the University of California, Davis found a link between excess gun sales over the past few months and increased rates of intentionally inflicted gun injuries and deaths.  In the new paper, which has not yet gone through the peer-review process that will subject it to vetting...

  • Daily Bulletin: Analysis Shows Murders Up Nearly 22% in Large Cities

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY Another look at spiking homicide rates finds murders are up in major cities. In April, The Trace reported that gun deaths had increased by 6 percent nationally despite coronavirus lockdowns. A new analysis published by The Upshot updates the picture. Through May, murders are up nearly 22 percent across the 36 large cities the authors studied. Unlike past surges, it’s not just a few places driving up murders: 29 of the...

  • Daily Bulletin: Gunshot Detection Technology Contributes to Overpolicing, Legal Advocates Say

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. NEW FROM THE TRACE Gun companies received millions in PPP loans. The Trace’s Daniel Nass and Alain Stephens identified more than 50 manufacturers of guns and gun accessories that received loans from the Small Business Administration. The total payout: between $33 million and $75 million. Among the recipients: Brownells and Kimber Manufacturing, which both received between $5 and $10 million — the largest loans available. Henry Repeating Arms, a major...

  • Gun Companies Received Millions in PPP Loans

    Gun companies received tens of millions of dollars in loans granted by the federal Paycheck Protection Program, new data shows, even as firearms sales hit record levels amid the coronavirus pandemic. The data, released on July 6 by the Small Business Administration, lists all recipients of federal loans greater than $150,000. The Trace identified more than 50 manufacturers of guns and gun accessories that received such loans, which all together totaled between $33 million and $75 million. (The data does...

  • Daily Bulletin: Coronavirus Gun Sales Boom Is Associated With Increased Shootings, Study Says

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY Rise in pandemic-related gun purchases linked to shooting spike. Preliminary research from the University of California/Davis’s Violence Prevention Program calculates the increased gun violence that may have resulted from the surge in gun buying that has accompanied the coronavirus (and reached a new record against the backdrop of last month’s protests). Between March and May, the scholars found, 2.1 million more firearms entered circulation than would have under typical demand. Those...

  • Baltimore Hits Pause on Gun Violence Command Centers

    At the end of 2017, Baltimore was staring at a grisly statistic: 342 homicides that year, which translated to the highest murder rate in the city’s history. Seemingly unable to control the violence on the streets, the Baltimore Police Department turned to a tool that appeared to be getting results in Chicago. The following summer, Baltimore rolled out its version of what Chicago calls Strategic Decision Support Centers in two of the city’s most violent police districts. Now the centers,...

  • What Counts as Brandishing? When Is It Illegal?

    Video of Mark and Patricia McCloskey, pointing guns at protesters outside their palatial home in a private community in St. Louis on June 28 has circulated widely. The incident, which briefly found its way onto President Donald Trump’s Twitter feed, prompted some to suggest that the pair, both personal injury lawyers, should be charged for what many read as an overt threat or act of intimidation. Despite video showing Patricia McCloskey yelling angrily at protesters while pointing a handgun toward...

  • Daily Bulletin: Seattle Clears ‘Autonomous’ Protest Zone

    Receive this daily news briefing by email every morning. Sign up here. WHAT TO KNOW TODAY NEW from THE TRACE: Background checks hit new highs in June. The FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, conducted 3.9 million gun background checks last month, the highest volume since it began operating in 1998. The figure eclipses the previous high set in March of this year, and is 71 percent higher than the total from June 2019. Daniel Nass has that...

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