Good morning, Bulletin readers. Gun violence prevention and criminal justice reform have largely operated in separate lanes. But ideological lines can get tangled when laws that restore the rights of the formerly incarcerated include restoring their ability to legally own firearms. That story leads your Monday news sweep.
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NEW from THE TRACE: The complicated collision of criminal justice reform and gun rights. In 2016, Marcus Schumacher killed a police officer during a domestic violence incident in North Dakota. It wasn’t the first time Schumacher had killed someone with a gun: More than two decades earlier, he was convicted of negligent homicide. But 10 years after his release, his gun rights were restored because of a state law that automatically reinstates them a decade after the completion of a prison sentence. Laws that restore gun rights for the formerly incarcerated have passed in several states recently. The politicians who have drafted them want to make it easier for people with criminal records to reintegrate into society. But some advocates say offenders’ needs are being put ahead of victims’. Ann Givens has the story.
At least 11 people were shot at a bar in Indiana. One person was killed in the early Sunday shooting in South Bend. The suspect is at large. The shooting was one of at least five mass shootings (defined as four or more persons injured or killed) on Sunday alone.
Armed militias have stepped into a conflict between Oregon lawmakers. The Oregon III% wrote on Facebook that its leadership voted “to provide security, transportation and refuge” for GOP state senators who fled the Capitol last week in order to deny the Democratic majority the quorum necessary to vote on a climate protection package. The state Senate cancelled a Saturday session after the State Police received a threat that militia members would mass outside the chambers. But none of the protesters who did show up over the weekend was seen carrying weapons, and a Sunday session proceed with the Republicans still absent.
A popular YouTube gun channel says it will cut ties with the National Rifle Association. The father-and-son duo behind Hickok45, which has more than four million subscribers, announced on Friday that “we can no longer take support from the NRA or continue to use our brand to ask people to join.” They cited reports of financial mismanagement, and said they hoped the organization would rebound.
A Florida woman turned in her estranged husband’s guns — and got locked up for it. Joseph Irby was arrested in Polk County, Florida, on June 15 for trying to run Courtney Taylor Irby off the road. While he was in custody, she went to his house, rounded up his guns, and turned them in to police. She was arrested and charged with grand theft of a firearm and armed burglary. “He wasn’t going to turn them in, so I am doing it,” she told the arresting officers.