| The Obama administration quietly has been forcing new gun buyers to declare their race and ethnicity, a policy change that experts say provides little law enforcement value while creating the risk of privacy intrusions and racial profiling. With little fanfare, the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 amended its form 4473 - the transactional record the government requires gun purchasers and sellers to fill out when buying a firearm - to identify buyers as either Hispanic, Latino or not. Then a buyer must check their race: Indian, asian, black, pacific islander or white.
| Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says shootings over the Fourth of July weekend that left at least nine people dead and more than 50 more injured included eight incidents that involved police.
| The gun-scare craze has hit a New Jersey High School, where a 7th grader was suspended and subject to a 5 hour psychological evaluation after twirling a pencil "like a gun." The superintendent responds: "when they demonstrate behaviors that raise red flags we must do our duty."
| "Vice President Biden and I had a meeting with a group of technology people and we talked about how guns can be made more safe,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in House appropriations subcommittee Friday. Holder suggested that by using finger print identification or guns that talk to a bracelet worn by the gun owner, the weapons could only be fire by "the person who is lawfully in possession of the weapon.”
| Several hash tags on the social media site Instagram are causing concern. #gunsforsaleeverywhere and #gunsforsaleby are just two of the options that bring up pictures and prices of firearms. "You have a situation where people are now going to be circumventing a background check," one man complained to the media.
| The gun Aaron Alexis used to kill 12 people at the Navy Yard massacre had words carved in the stock. Alexis' mother apologized: "Aaron is in now in a place where he can no longer do harm to anyone, and for that I am glad."
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