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News and notes on guns in America

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A listener looks on at the March For Science rally in Portland, Oregon, on April 14, 2018. [Alex Milan Tracy/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images]

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Two police officers were wounded in a shooting inside an Arkansas Walmart. On Monday morning, emergency services in Forrest City received a report of a man making threats at a Walmart Supercenter. When police arrived, the man opened fire, injuring two officers. The suspect was killed in the exchange.

Leading criminologists zero in on mass violence. The February issue of Criminology & Public Policy features 16 articles on mass violence in the United States, covering everything from the increasing instances of active shootings to identifying high-risk firearm owners. The collection is the result of a workshop held last year by the National Science Foundation. You can find the full issue here.

Financial — and cultural — incentives lure gunmakers to red states. A report by Guns & America is the latest to delve into the ongoing migration of gunmakers away from the industry’s birthplace in New England. A spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, an industry trade group, explained the moves as a response to regulation, “When you start to look across the landscape of threats to the industry, the states are really where we have our concern.” But states in the South and Mountain West are wooing manufacturers not just with economic incentives and looser labor laws; they also argue that gun companies and their employees will feel more at home in parts of the country with a stronger gun culture. Remington Arms, Stag Arms, and Beretta are among the growing list of manufacturers that have relocated from blue to red states in recent years.

Chuck Schumer called on the ATF to regulate ghost guns. At a news conference in Syracuse, the New York senator urged the agency to broaden its definition of a firearm to include the (currently unregulated) parts which can be used to construct DIYs guns that don’t require background checks and lack the serial numbers law enforcement use when tracing crime weapons. Schumer called making such a rule change “ridiculously easy.” ICYMI: The Trace’s Alain Stephens has reported on the increasing problem of ghost guns and the unique challenges they pose to police.

Texas Democrats take a page from Virginia and get assertive on guns. Reuters reports that mass shootings in Texas and across the nation have convinced Democratic candidates for state office that embracing gun reforms can help their campaigns. The approach worked in Virginia, where Democrats running on gun safety took full control of the General Assembly last November.

The Trump administration launches federal school safety clearinghouse. The White House is pitching Schoolsafety.gov as a resource for school administrators and parents. Ahead of its release, several Parkland families met with President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy De Vos to preview the site’s contents.

Gun rights activists disrupt Bloomberg campaign rally. At a stop in Arlington, Virginia, on Sunday, supporters and surrogates were confronted by a throng of gun rights protesters, some of whom sneaked into the event. “It was a tense scene, especially considering that Bloomberg was nowhere near it,” Mother Jones’s Matt Cohen writes(Bloomberg co-founded Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group. Everytown’s nonpolitical, 501c3 arm, the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, makes grants to The Trace. Since 2018, the Support Fund has not received donations from Bloomberg. Here are our policies on financial transparency and editorial independence.)

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Idaho Governor Brad Little was one of at least four red-state governors to attend this year’s SHOT Show, the gun industry’s biggest trade event, in Las Vegas last month. Guns & America