+186 Since August 23rd

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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. Canada has asked U.S. tourists to leave their guns at home. The country's Border Services Agency said in a statement on Monday that guns cannot be imported "for personal protection, or protection of property." The agency said it has seized 413 guns at the border so far this year. In two separate instances last week, Texas retirees were and denied entry after trying to bring firearms into New Brunswick. Their guns were destroyed.

  2. An online petition that launched Monday calls on the Department of Justice to investigate how a 15-year-old Pennsylvania boy was fatally shot this month. Police labeled the death of Ibram Hanna an accident, saying he was looking at a pistol that another teenager had stolen from a vehicle when it fired. But a local news organization is petitioning for a federal investigation, calling the shooting a murder and criticizing police.

  3. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner will sign a bill Tuesday that carries a punishment of up to 30 years in prison for trafficking firearms into the state. There have been over 400 homicides in Chicago this year, and according to a 2014 report, almost 60 percent of the guns used in crimes in the city come from out of state. Under the new law, a first-time offender can receive up to 20 years in prison.

  4. The gun reform group headed by former congresswoman Gabby Giffords has endorsed two Republican senators who are facing tough reelection fights. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Mark Kirk of Illinois both supported a 2013 bill that would have expanded background checks; Americans for Responsible Solutions cites this vote as a reason for its support. The group also endorsed Democrats Michael Bennet of Colorado and Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada.

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