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The gun background check system is only as good as the records it contains. How one affable bureaucrat helped Louisiana set the standard for flagging people banned from owning firearms.
An internal report urged the ATF to open up its exclusive contract. Instead the contract was renewed, and several ATF officials went to work for the contractor.
The former executive started to question some of the political positions he’d accepted all his life — and to feel complicit in the country's tragedies.
Natasha Christopher felt abandoned by city officials, who never solved her son’s murder. Now she works to make sure others who lose their kids know they’re not alone.
Tashante McCoy-Ham and Deion Short became friends before they realized that he had been involved in the shooting that wounded her at 15. “There’s always a deeper story about how people become who they are."
Stephanie Rudy has witnessed many shades of grief. Watching her entire community react to the King Soopers shooting felt different.
As a young child, Kathy Manis Findley witnessed the power of a firearm used to harm and intimidate others. Her experiences propelled her to commit her life to the church and her community.
A conversation with Professor Sarah Seo, whose work explores the fraught history of traffic enforcement and the problems that emerge when officers get to decide whose cars to stop.
After the killing, Tashante McCoy-Ham began advising the Stockton police chief. This summer, another family tragedy put the relationship to the test.
The Trace reviewed orders in Arizona, Michigan, New Hampshire, and South Dakota — and found that firearms restrictions were unevenly granted.
Rosemarie Reilly knew her ex might hurt her. But when she sought a restraining order, a judge allowed him to keep his guns.
Edwin Martinez's personal understanding of how trauma can wend its way through a home undergirds his work getting parents and children to process their grief.
2020's shooting surge was overwhelming and in many cities unprecedented. But for outreach workers and other experts, it also led to new ideas and approaches.
Police officer Valerie Martinez put her small department at the vanguard. Her inventive policies are spreading.
Marilyn Thompson left the Little Rock Police after less than two years. She believes policing would be more compassionate — and effective — if police departments reflected their communities.
Kelli Dunaway was part of an all-female voting bloc that made it illegal for abusers to carry concealed weapons in St. Louis County.