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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.
“These tools are not replacing people,” says Deputy Chief Jonathan Lewin, “but they improve our capacity to do our job."
Plus eight other charts from the University of Chicago Crime Lab that help explain the city's soaring homicide numbers.
“These are things that don’t cost money, and that just make sense,” Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin said.
Doubling up on patrols and donning body armor, cops are taking precautions that could complicate crime prevention and community relations.