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Guns of Nevada - Interactive Homicide Chart

Get a better understanding the demographics of Nevada homicide victims and the weapons used in this interactive analysis of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. More>>

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  • I-Team: Former Gun Dealer Supports Background Checks

    I-Team: Former Gun Dealer Supports Background Checks

    Friday, May 3 2013 4:16 PM EDT2013-05-03 20:16:25 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- An effort to require universal background checks for all guns sales failed in the Senate last month by six votes. Opponents of the bill insist it will not keep guns from criminals or theMore>>
    An effort to require universal background checks for all guns sales failed in the Senate last month by six votes.More>>
  • I-Team: High School Senior Deals in Arms Trade

    I-Team: High School Senior Deals in Arms Trade

    Friday, May 3 2013 8:48 PM EDT2013-05-04 00:48:15 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- Logan Smith's backyard is in the hills bordering southwest Las Vegas where he likes to do target practice. His prized possession: an AK-47 assault rifle he recently bought on armslist.com. Armslist.comMore>>
    Logan Smith's backyard is in the hills bordering southwest Las Vegas where he likes to do target practice. His prized possession: an AK-47 assault rifle he recently bought on armslist.com.More>>
  • I-Team: Studies Conflict on Video Game Violence

    I-Team: Studies Conflict on Video Game Violence

    Thursday, May 2 2013 2:00 AM EDT2013-05-02 06:00:07 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- America is a violent nation. Studies show the rate of death by gunfire in our country is much higher than most of the civilized world, but defenders of the Second Amendment say guns are notMore>>
    America is a violent nation. Studies show the rate of death by gunfire in our country is much higher than most of the civilized world, but defenders of the Second Amendment say guns are not the root cause of violence here.More>>

Editor's Note Regarding The Data Presented Here

One thing the national firearms debate has exposed is the lack of reliable statistics on certain aspects of gun use. Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies release certain data, such as what you will find on the 8 News Now website. But other data has either never been compiled at the state or local level or is impossible to gather because of existing laws.

Here are but three examples:

  • There is no way to reliably report the number of firearms that exist in Nevada because there is no state requirement that all guns be registered. Clark County requires handguns that can be concealed and aimed with one hand to be registered with Metro Police, but those ordinances don’t extend to rifles and shotguns.
  • The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives publishes state-by-state data on law enforcement traces of firearms used or suspected of use in crimes. But there are no readily available statistics for Clark County or Nevada on the percentage of guns used in crimes that were stolen.
  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation reports data on the number of justifiable homicides by private citizens who used firearms. But no data exists for the number of times a citizen used a gun in self-defense, nor the number of times he or she did so successfully.
  • Guns of Nevada: The Mental Health DebateMore>>

  • I-Team: High Percentage of Jail Population Suffer Mental Issues

    I-Team: High Percentage of Jail Population Suffer Mental Issues

    Wednesday, March 27 2013 8:02 PM EDT2013-03-28 00:02:59 GMT
    Gun rights advocates say mental illness is the real reason behind mass murder incidents. There are strong indications that most, if not all, of the killers in recent mass murders had severe mental or emotional issues.More>>
    Nevada is notoriously stingy when it comes to support for mental health services. It already ranked among the worst in the nation for mental health programs, and then another $80 million was chopped during the past few years.More>>
  • Experts Debate Impact of Violent Video Games

    Experts Debate Impact of Violent Video Games

    Thursday, May 2 2013 2:00 AM EDT2013-05-02 06:00:07 GMT
    By Steve Kanigher The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December rekindled a national debate over the extent, if any, to which violent video games set off individuals who go on deadly shootingMore>>
    By Steve Kanigher The Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in December rekindled a national debate over the extent, if any, to which violent video games set off individuals who go on deadly shootingMore>>
  • Mental Health Experts Push Debate on Gun Control

    Mental Health Experts Push Debate on Gun Control

    Wednesday, April 10 2013 7:25 PM EDT2013-04-10 23:25:17 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- Caregivers of the mentally ill say the debate in Congress cannot end with background checks. Gun control is one of many hot topics Wednesday at a national mental health conference in LasMore>>
    Caregivers of the mentally ill say the debate in Congress cannot end with background checks.More>>
  • Different Perspectives on Mental Health and Gun Violence

    Different Perspectives on Mental Health and Gun Violence

    Monday, April 1 2013 4:10 PM EDT2013-04-01 20:10:39 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- Much is being aired and written in the national media about whether an increased investment in mental health care would have any impact on reducing gun violence. Here are examples of thoseMore>>
    Much is being aired and written in the national media about whether an increased investment in mental health care would have any impact on reducing gun violence.More>>
  • Proposed State Mental Health Budget Includes New Division

    Proposed State Mental Health Budget Includes New Division

    Monday, April 1 2013 2:57 PM EDT2013-04-01 18:57:30 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- One highlight of Nevada's proposed mental health budget for the two-year period beginning in July is that it will belong to a newly reorganized agency called the Division of Public and BehavioralMore>>
    One highlight of Nevada's proposed mental health budget for the two-year period beginning in July is that it will belong to a newly reorganized agency called the Division of Public and Behavioral Health.More>>
  • Plan Envisioned Early Mental Health Intervention For Children

    Plan Envisioned Early Mental Health Intervention For Children

    Monday, April 1 2013 2:55 PM EDT2013-04-01 18:55:22 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- A plan that outlined ways to improve mental health services for Nevada's children through 2020 recommended a radical shift in funding priorities from intense intervention for those with severeMore>>
    A plan that outlined ways to improve mental health services for Nevada's children through 2020 recommended a radical shift in funding priorities from intense intervention for those with severe problems to early prevention and intervention efforts.More>>
  • Taking a Closer Look at Mass Murders

    Taking a Closer Look at Mass Murders

    Monday, April 1 2013 2:52 PM EDT2013-04-01 18:52:21 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines a mass murder as generally involving at least four victims in a single location with no cooling-off period between the fatalities. But not allMore>>
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation defines a mass murder as generally involving at least four victims in a single location with no cooling-off period between the fatalities. But not all mass murderers or alleged perpetrators are alike.More>>
  • Nevada Mental Health Services Face Hurdles

    Nevada Mental Health Services Face Hurdles

    Monday, April 1 2013 2:51 PM EDT2013-04-01 18:51:44 GMT
    LAS VEGAS -- As the economic recession took its toll on Nevada, the pain of state budget cuts deeply impacted mental health services. A "Needs Assessment" issued last year by the Nevada Division of MentalMore>>
    As the economic recession took its toll on Nevada, the pain of state budget cuts deeply impacted mental health services.More>>
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