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Incidents of gun violence in America so far this year

from the Gun Violence Archive

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  1. A federal appeals court struck down a Chicago zoning law that restricted gun ranges to industrial areas. In a 2-1 vote, a panel of judges from the Seventh Circuit ruled the city didn't provide evidence to support its claims that shooting ranges attract thieves, cause lead pollution, or carry a risk of fire. Chicago has been defending strict gun laws since the Supreme Court struck down the city’s ban on gun ownership in 2010.

  2. Chris Hurst, news anchor for Virginia’s WDBJ7 — where journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed while reporting live on August 26, 2015 — announced his resignation in a heartfelt segment on the station yesterday. “In one moment my life, my direction, and my mission changed forever,” said Hurst, who had been dating Parker. He will be leaving the station at the end of February.

  3. A bill that would allow Virginians to carry a concealed handgun without a permit advanced in a state Senate committee on Wednesday. Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, has made it clear that he opposes the legislation, but that didn't stop the committee from approving the bill on a voice vote. Currently, it is legal to openly carry a handgun in Virginia without a permit.

  4. A 11-year-old girl accidentally blinded her 12-year-old brother at a Pennsylvania shooting range on Saturday when a bullet she fired ricocheted off the ground and struck him in the head. The children were with their father and their uncle, shooting a Hi-Point 9mm the uncle borrowed from a friend. The children's father, Anthony Vankirk, 32, has been banned from owning guns because of a 2004 drug conviction. He was arrested on weapons charges.

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