+5 Since January 16th

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Incidents of gun violence in America so far this year

from the Gun Violence Archive

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Gun News and Views From Elsewhere

  1. A Republican congressman submitted a bill to abolish the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, the only federal agency that regulates gun businesses and investigates violations of gun laws. Conservative Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner's ATF Elimination Act would freeze hiring at the bureau and require other federal law enforcement agencies like the FBI and DEA to take over its duties. The bill had been introduced in the previous Congress.

  2. Florida NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer wants to pass a bill that would prevent on-duty sheriffs from lobbying against policy proposals coming from the gun rights group. Under the legislation, elected sheriffs would not be able to testify at hearings on gun bills. Last year, Florida sheriffs were among those who successfully opposed several NRA initiatives in the state, including pushes for campus carry and open carry.

  3. The mayor of an Arizona town signed a proclamation adding "America's Second Amendment City” to its official name. Community business owners had urged Tombstone Mayor Dusty Escapule to add to the existing “The Town Too Tough To Die” nomenclature for weeks before the signing at Tuesday's city council meeting. Known as one of the last frontiers of the early Wild West, Tombstone is the only place in the country with such a proclamation, Escapule noted.

  4. The lawmaker behind a proposal for national concealed carry reciprocity clarified that the bill would allow residents of states with strict permitting requirements to carry in their home state using an out-of-state permit. “My legislative intent is to ensure a non-resident carry permit is recognized,” said North Carolina Rep. Richard Hudson. The bill is backed by the NRA, and the policy is the gun group’s top legislative priority.

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