Good morning, Bulletin readers. Communities across the country got no respite from gun violence over the weekend, with mass shootings injuring at least 47 people and killing three. Your Monday roundup continues below.
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Eighteen people were shot in Cleveland. A brawl among several motorcycle clubs on Saturday night escalated into gunfire that left one of the victims dead. The incident was one of at least seven multiple-casualty shootings over the weekend:
- Seven people were shot at a house party in Chicago.
- A 13-year-old boy was killed and five other teens were shot during an altercation at a shopping center outside of Baltimore.
- Six people were shot, including a 5-year-old, at a barbershop in Washington, D.C.
- Four people were shot, one fatally, at a club in Milwaukee.
- Four people were shot at a house party in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
- Four people were shot on a freeway in the Chicago suburb of South Holland, Illinois.
Virginia legislators finalized the state’s gun reform package. The more moderate state Senate prevailed in negotiations over two of the most prominent measures: A bill expanding gun background checks will apply to private sales (but not transfers) and a one-per-month limit on handgun purchases will exempt people with concealed carry permits. The package now awaits Governor Ralph Northam’s signature.
NRA cancels gun auction at Country Music Hall of Fame. The National Rifle Association said the April 17 event was nixed after the Associated Press began asking the venue about its existing gun ban. “The NRA was asked to change our firearms policy at our auction,” a spokesperson for the organization said. “We respectfully declined.”
ICYMI: Fearful of a coronavirus backlash, some Asian-Americans are stocking up on guns. As the number of COVID-19 cases multiplies, shoppers are emptying store shelves of hand sanitizer and canned goods. Among Asian-Americans, there’s a more acute concern: that the virus’s origins in China could spark a violent, xenophobic backlash. Firearm sellers on the West Coast tell Champe Barton that those fears seem to be spurring a surge in gun sales.
Oakland, California, peace walk attracts a pair of NBA icons. Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr and player Klay Thompson joined local activists, former congresswoman Gabby Giffords, and anti-violence leader Pastor Michael McBride at a demonstration meant to highlight the success of the city’s community-driven approach to gun violence reduction. Gun homicides fell 44 percent in the city between 2007 and 2017.
The ATF is cracking down on marijuana-using gun owners. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told gun dealers in Michigan that they can no longer accept a concealed pistol license in lieu of a federal background check. That’s because the state licenses have been “issued to applicants who were likely prohibited due to a conviction for a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence… and to habitual marijuana users,” the advisory says. Context: Even in states where weed is legal, users aren’t allowed to own guns.
More than 301,000 Minnesotans have permits to carry a firearm in public — a total that has nearly doubled over the past six years. — Star Tribune