Guns

Crime
5:29 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Man Shot By Stray Bullet On July 4 Is In Fair Condition

Sopheap Kim and her husband Brandon Yam with three of their children - Randy, Kelli and Christian.
Credit Courtesy of Chanda Yam Wilson

The family of Brandon Yam, the man who was shot in the head by a stray bullet on the Fourth of July, says he may be released from the hospital this week.

Family members are asking for any information that will help them identify the kind of bullet that struck him.


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Local News
5:00 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Gun Advocacy Group Turns Focus To 'No Gun' Restaurants

A sign posted at The Smokin' Cue in Charlotte
Credit Kevin Kniestedt

A controversial gun law took effect on October 1. It lets people with concealed permits carry their handgun into bars and restaurants that serve alcohol…as long as they don’t drink any. Owners of restaurants and bars that don’t want guns in their business must post a sign.

And those who have posted signs have drawn the ire of the gun-rights group Grass Roots North Carolina.

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Crime
9:29 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Police Arrest 15 As Part Of 'Operation Heartbreak Hotels'

U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina Anne Tompkins speaking at a press conference at CMPD's North Tryon Division.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

 Federal and local law enforcement officers have been working to cut down on the number of drug transactions taking place at hotels along the I-85 and Sugar Creek corridor. After a four-month investigation, police arrested fifteen people this morning and charged them with possession of drugs and firearms. 

It was déjà vu for the Sugar Creek neighborhood. In February of 2012, CMPD arrested nine people on drug, gun and robbery charges. Crime went down briefly says U.S. attorney Anne Tompkins.  

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South Carolina
3:36 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

SC Lawmakers Look To Make It Illegal For Doctors To Ask About Guns

Credit flickr/Gregory Wild-Smith

Fifty-five South Carolina lawmakers have signed on to legislation that would prohibit health care providers from asking patients about gun ownership. 

At issue is confusion around what is in the Affordable Care Act.

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Local News
4:35 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Concealed Carry In Meck Parks Set For Commission Vote

The Mecklenburg County Commission will vote to allow concealed carrying of handguns at local parks, including Freedom Park. The playground and athletic fields will be exempted.
Credit cheriejoyful / Flickr

Concealed handguns could soon be allowed in Mecklenburg county parks and recreational areas.

The county doesn’t really have a choice.  A state law last year allowed concealed carry in parks, and the county commission will vote Tuesday night to put Mecklenburg in compliance.

Parks Operations Director Jeff Robinson explains the gist of the law: “It’s okay to carry a handgun as long as you have a permit, unless you’re at a playground, an athletic field, a swimming pool, or an athletic facility.”

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Public Records
6:01 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Gaston Commissioners Want Gun Permit Records Secret; Approve Resolution

Gaston County Commissioners voted 6-0 Thursday night in support of a resolution that calls for the General Assembly to make gun permit records secret. Commissioner Tracy Philbeck says the resolution was in response to news outlets publishing gun permit information after the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary in Connecticut.

"I'm a strong proponent of government transparency," Philbeck says. "At the same time, I think the press, in a lot of cases, have used the freedom of information act to bring forth an anti-gun agenda to criminalize those that own a gun."

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Local News
4:08 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Guns At Airports Hit New High In 2012

A sampling of guns seized at U.S. airport security checkpoints between Dec. 21-28, 2012.
Credit blog.tsa.gov

2012 was a banner year for guns in U.S. airports. The Transportation Security Administration seized more than 1,500 firearms at security checkpoints last year. That's up 14 percent over the previous year. 

Atlanta led the list with 115 firearms seized at security checkpoints in 2012, according to preliminary TSA numbers.  That makes some sense, since Atlanta is the busiest airport in the country. 

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Crime
4:49 pm
Mon December 24, 2012

Guns For Gift Cards At Charlotte Church

This year, the New Life Fellowship Center received 93 guns which it turned over to CMPD
Courtesy of John Kee

A Charlotte church invited folks to exchange their guns for gifts over the weekend. The New Life Fellowship Center has been doing that around the holidays for the past six years. This year, the pastor says some of the people turning in their guns had the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut on their minds.

John Kee has been the pastor at New Life Fellowship Center for more than 17 years. He says during his time as pastor of the Double Oaks community, he's learned a lot. Especially about violence in his community.

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