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IL: Chicago Police to Get 1,400 Stun Guns, Conflict Training
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Chicago police officers will be equipped with 1,400 stun guns by June 2016 as well as a five-step de-escalation approach for handling volatile situations, city officials announced.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Interim Chicago Police Superintendent John Escalante announced the additional reforms during a press conference Wednesday. The mayor said he believes the changes will inject more humanity into the way officers do their jobs.
 

PA: Stabbing reported in Pottstown was in self defense
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Police responded to a reported stabbing on the 300 block of Apple Street Monday night.

Police said they received a call for a domestic disturbance at around 6 p.m. Tuesday night that resulted in the stabbing. Authorities said that upon arrival on the scene they learned that a man and a woman, whom they have declined to name, were engaged in an argument that turned into a physical altercation.
 

TX: Son Shoots, Kills Father After Threatened With Chainsaw
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A neighbor in Stanly County woke up to flashing lights and several squad and crime-scene vehicles but didn't know a father and son inside a home got into a deadly argument.

"When I woke up I was scared; I didn't know what was going on," the woman, who asked not to be identified, said.
 

Gun Culture, Anti-Gun Culture and Texas Campus Carry
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A bill authorizing students with concealed handgun licenses (CHL) to carry their firearms on public university campuses was signed into law in Texas last June and goes into effect on August 1, 2016. There are still many details waiting to be worked out, as explained by the Campus Carry Q&A article on the UTDallas website.
 

ME: Lewiston Teen With Toy Gun Stopped By Cop With Real Shotgun
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A Lewiston teenager holds his new airsoft rifle he was playing with on Mollison Way on Monday night when he was confronted by a Lewiston police officer with a shotgun.
 

Shootings Spur Surge in Gun Permits
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Two things seem to spark an upswing in applications for gun permits, officials say: high-profile shootings and talk of stricter gun control.

“Over the last week or so it’s been an avalanche,” said Sullivan County Clerk Daniel Briggs on Dec. 9. The spike followed the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris, the Nov. 27 attack on a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., and the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif.
 

Florida's Top Gun Stories of 2015
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Guns fired their way through headlines in 2015, sparking both widespread controversy and lengthy discussions over gun rights and gun safety in the Sunshine State.

Several legislative proposals were at the center of this year’s gun issues, causing quite the commotion in Tallahassee all year round.
 

WI: Fatal Shooting in July That Killed 30-Year-Old Jason Earl Now Ruled Self-Defense
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Milwaukee police say a July homicide has now been ruled self-defense.

The homicide happened on July 26th, 2015.
 

FL: Altair Gun Club offering Long Range Precision Marksmanship Course with Jeff Cotto on February 13-14
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ALTAIR Gun Club is proud to host the Long Range Target Interdiction Precision Marksmanship Course with Jeff Cotto, Saturday and Sunday, February 13-14 from 9 am - 4 pm. Saturday, the first day of the course will be held at ALTAIR’s Deep Lake Facility located at 20201 State Road 29 South in Copeland, Florida, and the second day of the course, Sunday, will be held at ALTAIR’s Regional Training Facility located at 31101 Nafi Drive in Immokalee, Florida.
 

IL: Chicago Police Kill 55 Year Old Unarmed Grandmother
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The crisis involving police shootings intensified for Mayor Rahm Emanuel over the weekend as police shot and killed an unarmed 55 year old grandmother and mother of five, on the West Side.
 

TX: Gun Sales Keep Climbing in 2015
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If you got a gun for Christmas you are not alone. Hundreds of thousands of Americans purchased or received firearms for the holidays.

On Black Friday alone, the FBI received more than 185,000 applications for background checks during firearm purchases, that's a 5-percent increase over last year.
 

WV: Police Say Woman Stabbed Man in Self-Defense at GoMart
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They say Clint Grimes, from Alabama, went into the store to buy alcohol, but employees wouldn't sell it to him because of his level of intoxication. Grimes then apparently tried to steal something and Nora Carroll, a woman working there, and Stephen Daugherty, her fiance, confronted him.
 

WY: Bill Before Wyoming Legislature Would Protect Guns, Ammo from Bankrupties
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A bipartisan group of lawmakers is sponsoring a bill that would exempt up to three firearms and up to 1,000 rounds of ammunition per gun gun from creditors in the process of seizing a debtor's assets.

 

CA: Law Allowing Seizure of Guns without Notice Begins Jan. 1
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Gun-safety legislation going into effect in California next week will allow authorities to seize a person’s weapons for 21 days if a judge determines there’s potential for violence.

 

TX: Tarrant County Decides to Keep Guns out of Court Buildings
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Licensed Texans will be able to openly carry holstered handguns many places as of Friday — but not in a handful of Tarrant County court buildings.

County commissioners unanimously voted Tuesday to “reaffirm” that weapons are not allowed in the Tim Curry Criminal Justice Center, Family Law Center, Tom Vandergriff Civil Courts Building, the historic 1895 Courthouse or the Scott D. Moore Juvenile Justice Center.
 

TX: Off-Duty Officer Was Just Trying to Sell 2 guns, not Get Into a Gunfight
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An off-duty Houston police officer thought he was meeting two men who expressed an interest in buying a couple of his personal firearms.

Something didn't feel right to HPD officer C. Curry and when he pulled up to a small public park in south Houston on Tuesday. He became the victim of an attempted armed robbery that quickly turned into a gun fight, police said.

 

Who Owns Guns in America? White Men, Mostly.
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Part of the problem with the gun debate in America is that gun owners and people who aren't comfortable with gun ownership are, to a certain extent, just different kinds of people.
 

Why Is It Illegal to Research the Impact of Gun Control on Public Health?
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Around 282 people every day - more than 32,000 people every year - are dying from a totally preventable cause.

This totally preventable cause, by the way, just isn't a problem in most other developed nations.
 

TX: Hays County Government Center Readying for Open Carry
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Hays County said Tuesday it is readying the Hays County Government Center for licensed people carrying both concealed and unconcealed weapons to have access to the building.

 

TX: Round Rock Police Spread Open Carry Awareness with New Video
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Texas’ new open carry laws go into effect on Jan.1, and the Round Rock Police Department is working to spread awareness.

The new laws mean firearm owners will be able to carry their guns in a waist or shoulder holster in most areas, current laws say gun owners must conceal their weapons.

 

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