A crime lab in the San Francisco Bay area has made an impressive dent in gun violence by helping local cops swiftly identify weapons used in crime through the 20-year-old National Integrated Ballistic Information Network. So why aren’t other police departments taking advantage of the network?
Does firearm ownership deter crime? Florida gun researcher Gary Kleck says data he collated showing more than one million instances where gun owners fired in self-defense in the 1990s was never reported by the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control—even though the data was obtained in CDC surveys.
A rightward-leaning Supreme Court could shift the legal consensus established a decade ago by the District of Columbia v. Heller ruling and “imperil sensible gun laws that Americans need and broadly support,” warns the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
The figure, based on the most recent gun ownership survey taken in 2015, represents a doubling of the estimated number of households with children where guns are left loaded and unlocked since 2002, say the authors of a study published in the Journal of Urban Health.
There are more than one billion firearms in the world, according to the Small Arms Survey, a Geneva-based research group. US civilians own 120.5 firearms per 100 residents—the highest global ratio—a figure the survey attributes to both the national ‘gun culture’ and the expiration of a federal assault weapons ban in 2004.
At its annual meeting last week, the American Medical Association House of Delegates backed a sweeping set of actions aimed at reducing the nation’s toll from gun violence. The association called on policymakers to seek “common ground.” It was the second major group, following the nation’s top think tank on policing, to weigh in on the issue.
In an “action plan” on gun violence, the nation’s top think tank on policing said guns should be prohibited for individuals who have a history of drug abuse or mental illness, as well as those with criminal convictions. It also called for strengthening the federal Background Check system and the establishment of a robust system of licensing.
If the proposed Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act (CCRA) becomes law, violence in New York City would climb to levels not seen since the 1990s, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. warned at a gun policy forum co-sponsored by The Crime Report and City Limits magazine Thursday.