After Bruen, another judge ends Colorado assault weapons ban

August 31, 2022

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NEW from THE TRACE: Survivors who shoot shouldn’t pay their own medical bills.In a new comment, Professor Hugh Gusterson of the University of British Columbia shares a proposal to defray often exorbitant costs for survivors of gun violence. According to a 2017 study, only 12% are able to pay these bills in full. Gusterson turns to auto insurance for an answer. “Americans have accepted the price we pay to live with cars,” he writes. “We have devised an elaborate insurance system to ensure that the medical expenses of people injured by automobiles are paid not by the victims but by the community of automobile owners.” This model, he says, could guide how society pays for victims of gun violence. Read the full opinion piece.

Citing Brownanother federal judge prevents a Colorado municipality from enforcing an assault weapons ban. U.S. District Judge Charlotte Sweeney issued a temporary restraining order against the Boulder County law, which includes a ban on large-capacity magazines. Judge Sweeney wrote that the “plaintiffs establish a substantial likelihood of success” in part because of the Brown the decisions new constitutional test for how federal courts should evaluate gun laws. Another US district judge – also a Democratic presidential candidate – has been sidelined a similar decision last month about the City of Superior’s Assault Weapons Ban. We follow the effects of Brown Case here.

Lawmakers seek answers from company offering interest-free loans for weapons and ammunition. In a letter to the CEO of Montana-based Credova Financial, 18 House Democrats asked the company how it ensures people who use its ‘buy now, pay later’ funding for guns don’t quickly resell them . They also asked if the company knew if customers who had financed firearms had used them to commit acts of violence, and how often people failed to repay those loans. The four-year-old company said approximately three-quarters of the businesses where it provides financing are gun or hunting stores.

Newsrooms are suing Uvalde officials for access to public records. Citing the Texas Open Records Act, The Associated Press and others filed a complaint in Uvalde County to compel the sheriff’s department, school district and city to turn over 911 tapes and other records and documents related to the May shooting at Robb Elementary School. This comes several weeks later a similar trial charged the state Department of Public Safety for violating Texas public information law by withholding information about the police response.

We are up for three more awards! The Online News Association named us among the finalists for its 2022 Online Journalism Awards in:

  • General Excellence in Online Journalism, Small Newsroom
  • Excellence in collaboration and partnerships, for our investigation with VICE News: “Return of the Machine Gun
  • Gather Award in Community-Centered Journalism, Overall Excellence, Micro/Small Newsroom, for in the block

The winners will be announced on September 24 at the 2022 ONA conference.

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~100,000 — the number of new police hires proposed in Joe Biden’s 2023 budget request, which the president highlighted Tuesday in a speech from Pennsylvania on crime and policing. [The New York Times]