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  • AP: Cops Sell Guns

    After a year’s worth of work, the AP found that law enforcement agencies in Washington state sold about 6,000 guns that had been confiscated during criminal investigations, and more than a dozen of those firearms later became evidence in new investigations. The weapons were used to threaten people, seized at gang hangouts, discovered in drug houses, possessed illegally by convicted felons, found hidden in a stolen car, taken from a man who was suffering a mental health crisis and used by an Army veteran to commit suicide.
  • ADG: Violent Reality

    Since 1999, more than 8,000 Arkansans have died by gunfire — about half of them suicides. Although many law enforcement officials and legislators say that gun-control laws might work, they are unwilling to act. The stories explore the effect of specific laws on gun violence in other states, suicide-prevention advocates' work with gun sellers to keep weapons out of suicidal individuals' possession, and federal law enforcement's efforts to keep guns out of the hands of felons.
  • Shoot to Kill

    With no dependable, uniform data on gun violence, it’s impossible to get even a simple tally of the number of shootings in the United States. So Baltimore Sun reporter George and Marquette University students, as part of the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism, spent months trying to understand how many people are shot and how often they survive. What they found is that the odds of survival for gunshot victims were getting worse in at least 10 of the nation’s largest cities, including Baltimore, New York and Chicago.
  • Kentucky Constables: Untrained and Unaccountable

    Reporters R.G. Dunlop and John Boel revealed widespread misconduct by county constables across Kentucky. Their reporting showed constables are gods unto themselves, armed with badges and guns but almost always with no formal training. In case after case, they often pose a threat to public safety. http://kycir.org/series/kentucky-constables-untrained-and-unaccountable/
  • Unholstered - When Texas Police Pull The Trigger

    The Texas Tribune combed through six years’ worth of records from the state’s 36 largest cities to produce Texas’ first-ever accounting of its police shootings.
  • Stolen Gun Deaths

    We began our investigation into lost and stolen guns after Bay Area woman Kate Steinle was shot and killed with a gun stolen from the vehicle of a Bureau of Land Management Ranger. By the time we finished our story months later, three more people had been killed with stolen guns in the Bay Area, including an Oakland muralist murdered with a gun stolen from an officer with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. Our investigation uncovered hundreds of guns missing from Bay Area law enforcement agencies and hundreds more reported stolen from federal law enforcement agencies. Following our investigation, two major Bay Area cities announced ordinances aimed at preventing gun thefts. https://youtu.be/4Mi4jX7galQ
  • Remington Under Fire: The Reckoning

    A new investigation reveals how America’s oldest gun company has used and allegedly abused the courts to hide an alleged design defect in its most popular product. At least two dozen deaths and hundreds of injuries have been linked to inadvertent firings of Remington’s Model 700 bolt-action rifle. The investigation, which builds on CNBC’s previous reporting on the Remington Arms Company, also reveals how other companies in a wide variety of industries are using similar tactics to hide potentially life saving information from the public. http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/08/deadly-secrets-companies-using-courts-at-your-peril.html http://www.cnbc.com/remington-under-fire/ http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/08/want-your-remington-gun-fixed-heres-what-you-need-to-know.html http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/08/remington-under-fire-the-reckoning.html http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/19/under-oath-inventor-of-controversial-remington-trigger-speaks.html http://www.cnbc.com/2015/12/08/defective-or-not-the-government-cant-recall-your-gun.html
  • Shots Fired

    Shots Fired is The Post and Courier's investigation into every police shooting in South Carolina since 2009. Shots Fired exposed how the state failed to properly investigate numerous police shootings, especially when officers fired at vehicles. The series also exposed how minorities were disproportionately affected by police tactics that often lead to gunfire. http://data.postandcourier.com/shots-fired/page/6 http://data.postandcourier.com/shots-fired/data http://data.postandcourier.com/shots-fired/page/1 http://data.postandcourier.com/shots-fired/
  • Shots on the Bridge: Police Violence and Cover-Up in the Wake of Katrina

    Six days after Hurricane Katrina’s landfall in New Orleans, New Orleans Police Department officers opened fire on residents crossing the Danziger Bridge. When the shooting stopped, a mentally challenged man and a seventeen-year-old boy were dead, riddled with gunshot wounds. A mother’s arm was shot off, her daughter’s stomach gouged with a bullet hole, and her husband’s head pierced by shrapnel. Her nephew was shot in the neck, jaw, stomach, and hand. All six of the victims, along with two others arrested at the scene, were black and unarmed. Before the blood dried, the shooters and their supervisors had hatched a cover-up. They would plant a gun, invent witnesses, and charge two of their victims with attempted murder. The NOPD hailed all the shooters on the bridge as heroes. Shots on the Bridge explores one of the most dramatic cases of injustice in the last decade. It reveals the fear that gripped the police of a city fallen into anarchy, the circumstances that led desperate survivors to go to the bridge, and the horror that erupted with the gunfire. It dissects the cover-up that nearly buried the truth and the legal maze that, a decade later, leaves the victims still searching for justice.
  • Gun Wars: A News21 Investigation of Rights and Regulations in America

    An examination of the contentious political and cultural divide between those who say the right to own and carry guns is guaranteed by the Second Amendment and those who believe firearms should be more regulated. The project used or created nine databases to assess gun laws in every state in the nation and to document violence involving firearms across the United States. We also conducted hundreds of interviews across the country with longtime politicians, shooting victims, militia members, rural sheriffs, hunting enthusiasts, inner-city mothers and advocacy groups on all sides of the debate, to name a few.