Public Safety

Trying to Stop ‘Swatting,’ a City Creates a Registry to Flag False 911 Calls

Seattle police created the first online registry that asks residents to help them identify potential swatting victims.

Don’t Ban Assault Weapons—Tax Them

COMMENTARY | A solution from the founding era might work again today.

A Mayor Proposes That Gun Owners Carry Insurance For Their Weapons

The proposal from San Jose, California Mayor Sam Liccardo veers into complicated terrain, where past efforts have failed.

Cities See Some Progress in Building Trust in Police, Report Says

New analysis of an initiative meant to increase trust between police and communities shows moderate success—and the potential for greater gains in the future.

New State Laws Give People More Time to Report Rape or Sexual Assault

COMMENTARY | In 2019 alone, 20 states and the District of Columbia passed sexual assault reporting reforms.

29 Dogs Died in a Kennel Fire. Legislators Hope to Prevent it From Happening Again.

Illinois became the first state in the country to mandate safety protections for dogs and cats in kennel facilities.

This Land Is the Only Land There Is

Here are seven ways of understanding the IPCC’s newest climate warning.

At Annual Summit, State Republicans Balk at New Gun Control Laws

Advocates renew cry for checks on guns after Texas and Ohio shootings.

Ohio Governor Urges State to Seize 'Window of Opportunity' on Gun Laws

Two days after a mass shooting in Dayton, Gov. Mike DeWine called for the state legislature to pass a “red flag” law, toughen background checks, and improve access to the state’s mental health system.

Could a National Buy Back Program Reduce Gun Violence in America?

COMMENTARY | Gun control policies may someday restrict new gun sales. But what impact can they have when Americans already own millions of guns?

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'Do Something!': Republican-led States Grapple with Responses to Mass Shootings

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he’d be open to discussing gun control proposals, while Texas Gov. Greg Abbott emphasized the need to address mental health issues.

White-Nationalist Terrorism Must Be Stopped

COMMENTARY | Conservatives have not been afraid to confront extremism in our world, and we must not be afraid to confront terrorism here at home.

When Fear of Deportation Keeps Families From Help After a Shooting

In the aftermath of the El Paso killings, some undocumented immigrants reportedly were too afraid to seek care or help locating their relatives.

Two Mayors on the Mass Shootings in Dayton and El Paso

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No more disposable water bottles in San Francisco airport … Challenging new voting law in Florida … A hold on Puerto Rico’s disaster money.

Ensuring That Disaster Planning Considers People With Disabilities

A California state official describes a “cultural shift” he’s seen in recent years.

Almost Half of State Supreme Courts Have Only White Judges, Report Finds

In many states, the highest court lacks diversity. Thirteen supreme courts have never had a person of color serve on the bench, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.

The Hidden Challenges in Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The Orlando Police Department ended its pilot program involving facial recognition technology this month, saying the agency was unable to devote the necessary resources to the program.

A Database Reveals Which Police Officers Shot Civilians

COMMENTARY | A new project looks at the race of on-duty police officers and civilians involved in 917 fatal shootings in 2015.

Allowing Paramedics to Treat Injured Police Dogs

Only a handful of states have laws that explicitly allow EMTs to treat injured K9s. Some Massachusetts lawmakers hope their state will be next.