More than 500,000 handguns were purchased in 2014 by California buyers who passed a background check. That’s more than twice the number of handguns sold five years ago.
UC Berkeley law professor Franklin Zimring, who has written an article on law enforcement officers’ killings of civilians, calls the lack of reliable statistics a scandal and is advocating for a national database of such deaths.
Attorney Richard Ruggieri won a case against Bryco Arms after his client, a 7-year-old boy, was shot and paralyzed by one of the company’s Model 38 handguns. Now, more than a decade later, Ruggieri is planning to melt down the guns that aided him in the lawsuit against the gunmaker.
Data show that law enforcement deaths did rise from 2013 to 2014, but a closer analysis shows that 2013 may have been the aberration, with an unusually low number of police deaths.
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Last week’s shooting at Florida State University was at least the 42nd U.S. school shooting since 2000. Here’s a look at the guns shooters used and how they got them.
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