Government Information

Earl Gregg Swem Library

Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted, 2017

Categories: Births/Deaths,Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics,Traffic Accidents

93 law enforcement officers were killed in line-of-duty incidents during 2017, 46 from “felonious acts” and 47 in accidents. Also includes demographic characteristics of officers killed and details about circumstances behind deaths.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Headlines,Statistics,Terrorism

Provides information about the 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 which the FBI has designated as active shooter incidents.  Defines an “active shooter” as one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation


Bump-Stock-Type Devices: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Categories: Guns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Text of proposed rule that would define “bump-stock devices” as machineguns and make it illegal for any person to transfer or possess such a device according to the Gun Control Act of 1968.  Current possessors of such devices would be required to surrender, destroy, or make them inoperable upon the effective date of the rule.  From the Justice Department


Attorney General Sessions Announces Regulation Effectively Banning Bump Stocks

Categories: Guns,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Statement of the attorney general upon the announcement of the proposed rulemaking that would ban the use or possession of bump-stock devices.  From the Justice Department


To Walk the Earth in Safety: Documenting the United States’ Commitment to Conventional Weapons Destruction

Categories: Arms Control,Defense/Military,Foreign Affairs,Guns,Statistics

The 16th or 2017 edition, covering U.S. efforts in 2016 to keep weapons out of the wrong hands and assist nations in clearing landmines and other unexploded ordnance. Offers a worldwide survey.  From the State Department


Governor McAuliffe and Governor-Elect Ralph Northam Propose Joint Legislative Priorities

Categories: Elections/Campaigns,Environment,Guns,Headlines,Health Insurance,Medicare/Medicaid,Virginia Issues

Press release which outlines major priorities for the current and future Democratic leaders including expansion of Medicaid, universal background checks for gun purchases, reform of the absentee voting process, joining the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and preventing the personal use of campaign contributions.  From the Office of the Governor


To Walk the Earth in Safety: Documenting the United States’ Commitment to Conventional Weapons Destruction

Categories: Arms Control,Foreign Affairs,Guns,Statistics

The 2017 report describing U.S. government efforts to clear landmines and other unexploded ordnance.  Includes regional profiles of U.S. sponsored-work around the globe.  From the State Department.


Criminal Victimization, 2016

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Statistics

Covers the characteristics of crimes and victims, and outcomes of victimization.  Includes both property and violent crimes, domestic violence, and weapon use.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


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