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Brian Freskos is a Chicago-based staff writer who covers the Midwest. His work has primarily focused on gun trafficking and community-based violence prevention.
Tracking stolen firearms through the black market, from gun store thefts to crime scenes.
St. Louis has a murder rate three times higher than Chicago's. “We need to declare a state of emergency,” says one resident.
Last year, Charlotte reported the third most gun thefts among the nearly 50 large cities that provided data to The Trace.
“But our hands are tied,” one council member says.
We started with public records requests, but that wasn’t enough.
Police data shows thefts of firearms from vehicles are rising in many large cities. One gun swiped from a truck in Atlanta was used in three crimes, including a murder.
The totals were too familiar: At least 4,100 people killed. More than 8,650 wounded. But this year they came with the stirring of a national conversation about the communities gun violence affects most.
A protective order did not save Khalid Jabara.
Asir Brown, a teenager from Philadelphia, is one of at least 71 people shot at a barbecue this year.
Tracking a firearm's chain of custody is standard operating procedure for law enforcement — but the agency responsible for handling requests frequently can't answer essential questions.
Here’s what we know about how the government collects and organizes those names, and how the database has evolved.
Unsurprisingly, they share characteristics with those opposing universal background checks.
"We're not afraid."