The Trace: Guns News Updates From Around The Country


The Trace (12/5/18)

Police arrested an armed man in a school cafeteria. Police are trying to figure outhow the man was able to enter the North Carolina high school on Monday with a backpack filled with bullets and two handguns, which he pointed at officers before he was detained.

Law enforcement agencies and gun shops are getting a heads up on the bump stock ban. A Minnesota TV news team obtained a copy of a memo circulated by the Department of Justice laying out new details about an upcoming reclassification of devices that allow semi-automatic weapons to approximate machine guns. According to the memo, anyone with a bump stock will be required to discard, destroy, or surrender it within 90 days of the rule going into effect.

Five dozen Dick’s Sporting Goods employees resigned over its post-Parkland limits on gun sales. The departures were among a total workforce in the tens of thousands. Ed Stack offered a window into the internal fallout during a Wall Street Journal panel. Stack said he would be willing to hire back an ex-worker who quit in protest, then went on Fox News to talk about it. “It’s OK to have differing views, as long as you can have a rational, cerebral conversation about it.”

The black man killed by police at a mall in Thanksgiving was shot three times in the back, according to an independent autopsy report released Monday. Emantic “E.J.” Bradford, 21, was a gun owner who witnesses say was steering people away from the scene of the shooting. “We believe based on this forensic evidence that this officer should be charged with a crime,” a lawyer representing Bradford’s family said.

A gun-owning Republican legislator will push for a red flag law in Tennessee. Steve Dickerson is a state Senator from West Nashville. “As a lifelong Republican, gun owner and avid shooter, I respect and know the importance of the Second Amendment. I also know reducing gun violence in Tennessee will require leadership from people with a variety of backgrounds,” he wrote in an op-ed explaining his intention.

Gun sales were down in November. The FBI’s background check figures, considered a simple proxy for gun sales, show a dip last month. November’s checks fell by 9.8 percent compared to last year, when Black Friday gun sales set an all-time record. This year, gun sales on the day after Thanksgiving fell by more than 10 percent. 

An NRA instructor in Ohio was arrested for forging concealed carry training certificates. Police say the man issued the documents without actually providing training. Ohio requires gun owners to demonstrate their shooting ability before they can carry a firearm in public. Dozens of others don’t: As The Trace reported in 2016, in more than half the country, you can carry a concealed gun without proving you know how to shoot one.

A domestic shooting spilled into the entrance of a Kansas hospital. After firing on a man and a woman, police say the gunman chased the victims through Kansas Cityand into the entrance of the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he shot the male victim again. He then turned the gun on himself. The shooting appears to have stemmed from a domestic dispute. Both victims were treated at the hospital, and the woman is expected to survive.

Link to The Trace