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Incidents of gun violence in America so far this year

from the Gun Violence Archive

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  1. Today, Texas’s campus carry law is extended to two-year community colleges. The policy took effect at the state’s four-year universities on August 1, 2016. Community colleges, which maintain discretion to ban guns in certain places, have different factors that affect the law: More students are over 21, the minimum age to carry; and more campuses have vocational programs, which raises questions about whether students should be allowed to carry guns while doing hands-on training.

  2. Republican Representative Chris Collins of New York on Monday introduced a bill that would limit states' ability to regulate the design of certain types of guns. Legislators in his home state have repeatedly tried to repeal the SAFE Act, the 2013 state law that prohibits certain assault rifle features and magazines holding more than 10 rounds. Collins wants to block similar state laws from ever making it onto the books.

  3. An Indiana police officer was fatally shot when responding to a car accident involving a vehicle that flipped over. One of the car’s passengers began firing when Lt. Aaron Allan approached the scene of the wreck. Another police officer, who was off duty, arrived in his personal vehicle and returned fire with his personal weapon, injuring the gunman, who has been identified as Jason Brown. Brown was charged with misdemeanor drug possession in 2014.

  4. The House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would prevent the ATF from enforcing a rule that requires gun dealers in states along the Mexican border to report bulk sales of rifles and shotguns. The 2011 rule was instituted to combat firearms trafficking to Latin America. Democrats criticized the portion of the bill that gutted this rule, but did not try to remove it. The legislation now moves to the floor of the House.

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