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A row of rifles for sale is on display at a gun shop in Aurora, Colo., on July 20, 2012. The mass shooting in Buffalo, N.Y., has prompted questions about the effectiveness of "red flag laws" passed in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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Should 18-year-olds be allowed to buy semi-automatic rifles? State and courts debate

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In some states, your 6-year-old child can be arrested. Advocates want that changed

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Officer Alexander Bires of SEPTA, the transit system for the Philadelphia region, speaks with a homeless man about outreach services at the 11th Street stop on the Market-Frankford Line in Philadelphia. Michelle Gustafson for NPR hide caption

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Transit riders are worried about safety. Police in Philly are trying a new approach

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Sgt. Joe Dydak and Lt. Dennis Rosenbaum examine bullet holes in a car. They're part of the Philadelphia Police Department's new citywide team investigating nonfatal shootings. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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Philadelphia set a homicide record in 2021. Now police hope a new tactic deters crime

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A pill press machine seized by authorities is displayed during a news conference outside the Roybal Federal Building in February 2021 in Los Angeles. Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Amadou Diallo's murder became symbolic of the NYPD plainclothes excesses. Courtesy of the Diallo Family. hide caption

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New Yorkers want gun violence to end. A controversial police unit returns to help

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Darrell Brooks, left, speaks with a lawyer during his initial appearance, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021 in Waukesha County Court in Waukesha, Wis. Brooks is charged with intentional homicide after SUV was driven into a Christmas parade. Mark Hoffman/AP hide caption

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There's a backlash brewing against bail reform after the parade tragedy in Waukesha

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After the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., news organizations started to keep their own tallies of deaths, which turned out to be higher than the government's numbers. Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Jennifer Longdon and her fiancé were getting tacos when both were shot by an unknown assailant. Today she's an Arizona state lawmaker. Gun violence prevention and disability rights are her top priorities. Michael Ging hide caption

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After 25 Years In The Dark, The CDC Wants To Study The True Toll Of Guns In America

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A demonstrator holds her hands up while she kneels in front of the Police at the Anaheim City Hall on June 1, 2020 in Anaheim, California. Reform pressures have many cops leaving the job. APU GOMES/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Critics say American officers should be trained in defensive tactics, especially empty-hand techniques, so that they depend less on tasers and guns. Images by Steve Skinner Photogra/Getty Images hide caption

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American Cops Are Under Pressure To Rely Less On Guns And Take More Personal Risk

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Oakland City Vice Mayor and Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan says sending police to mental health and behavioral calls they aren't trained for is a mistake cities keep repeating. Philip Pacheco/ AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Oakland Becomes Latest City Looking To Take Police Out Of Some Nonviolent 911 Calls

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This image from video shows Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane, left, and J. Alexander Kueng, right, escorting George Floyd, center, to a police vehicle outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis, on May 25, 2020. The image was shown as prosecutor Steve Schleicher gave closing arguments in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of Floyd. AP hide caption

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How Using Videos At Chauvin Trial And Others Impacts Criminal Justice

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Police officer David Moore is pictured wearing a body camera in Ipswich, Mass., on Dec. 1, 2020. The city was among 25 statewide awarded grants to purchase body-worn cameras for videotaping interactions with the public. A new study says the benefits to society and police departments outweigh the costs of the cameras. Boston Globe/Boston Globe via Getty Images hide caption

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A sign points toward the women's section of the Huntington Beach jail. The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls is appealing to President Biden to grant clemency to 100 women during his first 100 days in office. Jeff Gritchen/Orange County Register via Getty Images hide caption

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#FreeHer Campaign Wants Clemency For 100 Women In Biden's First 100 Days

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In April 2020, Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee did not list gun stores as essential businesses that could stay open during his Stay-at-Home order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. However, some retail gun shops followed orders by then-President Trump and state Republicans who advised that the firearms industry could remain open. There was an uptick in gun and ammo sales. Karen Ducey/Getty Images hide caption

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In early December last year, a video captured part of a shootout and attempted carjacking. A retired firefighter died. Chicago police say one of the four suspects was 15 years old. Chicago Police Department/screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Juveniles Part Of A Huge Increase In Carjackings Across The Country

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The IRS distributed the second round of stimulus money to eligible inmates using debit cards, which state prisons are unable to process. Correctional officials have communicated the problem to the federal agency, but it's unclear what steps the IRS will take to fix it. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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