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A 32-year-old Buffalo man was shot dead early Wednesday in an encounter with a two-year veteran of the Buffalo Police Department in the heart of the city's West Side. Friends and relatives later turned out for a vigil.

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Police say they are searching for armed suspects after a shooting in downtown St. Catharines, ON sent three people to the hospital, with with two then being air-lifted to an out-of-region trauma center for treatment of critical injuries.

Canada weighs handgun ban, as violence rises

Sep 4, 2018
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Canada has tighter gun laws than in the United States and suffers much less gun crime. But this summer, that country's largest city Toronto has seen a sharp rise in the number of shootings and gun homicides. Some people are calling it the "summer of the gun."

The company at the center of a lawsuit over 3D-printable guns will send plans directly to customers, its founder said Tuesday. That comes a day after a federal judge blocked the State Department from letting the company publish the files online free of charge.

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In response to an increase in violent crimes within the City of Buffalo, most notably multiple shootings in the Fruit Belt neighborhood last month, Buffalo Police have revisited tactics similar to its former controversial Strike Force initiative. Police officials say it's worked quite well in recent days.


Gun violence in Buffalo has claimed another life. Buffalo police report the latest shooting happened Saturday night on the 100 block of Hagen Street.

A federal judge in Seattle issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday that prevents the publication of online 3D blueprints for plastic yet deadly guns.

U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik said the untraceable weapons — which bear no serial numbers and can be printed from directions downloaded from the Internet — could end up in the wrong hands, The Associated Press reported.

Can education and voluntary outreach protect gun owners from the high suicide risk?

We reported Monday that two-thirds of gun deaths in the U.S. are the result of suicide. More than 21,000 Americans take their lives using a firearm every year. That's much higher than the number of homicides or deaths by mass shootings.

White men in small towns are most at risk.

When we talk about gun violence in the United States, we usually look at homicides, urban crime and mass shootings. But two-thirds of gun deaths in America don’t involve bad guys with guns. They’re caused by suicide, by people deliberately harming themselves. Even many pro-gun activists say that has to change.

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Toronto is again facing a crisis over gun violence. There have been more than 200 shootings this year alone, leading to more than two dozen deaths. Now, the city is rolling out a strategy to deal with the issue.


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Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate Jumaane Williams used this weekend to do some campaigning in Western New York. The Brooklyn Councilmember is challenging current incumbent Kathy Hochul, saying he will be an independent advocate for all New Yorkers.

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Hundreds of thousands of students, teachers, parents and victims rallied in Washington, D.C., and across the country on Saturday to demand tougher gun control measures, part of a wave of political activism among students and others impacted by school shootings.

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Millions around the country are making their voices heard Saturday. They are taking part in the national March For Our Lives against gun violence. In Western New York, the call was for action, after so many prayers.

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On the same day thousands are expected to gather in Washington D.C. to participate in the March For Our Lives, a similar rally against gun violence will take place in downtown Buffalo. Mayor Byron Brown stated Thursday that 2,500 are expected in front of City Hall for what is billed as United To End Gun Violence.

March for Our Lives

Doctors in Western New York are no longer just playing a part after an episode of gun violence. They’re taking a stand before it begins again.


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Mayor Byron Brown says the city continues lending a hand to help make Buffalo Public schools safe for students. But as WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley reports, the mayor is not in support of arming city school teachers.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed New York extend the background check waiting period as part of efforts to reduce gun violence.

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Students across Western New York are expected participate in a national walk-out Wednesday at 10 a.m. to protest gun violence. Students will hold a 17-minute demonstration to honor the 17-killed in the Parkland, Florida shootings one month ago. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says several groups stood together in solidarity in full-support of Buffalo Public school students who join the nation-wide protest.


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New York Senate Democrats are rolling out 12 gun control proposals following the Florida school shooting.

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Some local private schools leaders signed an 'Open Letter' to the President and nation's lawmakers calling for action to ensure the safety of students. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says heads of Independent Schools throughout New York are standing in support of the Parkland, Florida school shooting survivors to call for gun reforms. 

Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says he invited Republican Congressman Chris Collins to participate in a Town Hall-style conversation to address ways of reducing mass shootings. But Collins is saying no.

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An investigation is underway after a woman was shot in the city of Buffalo at Sunday morning.

$2.7M to fight gun violence awarded to WNY

Apr 19, 2017

New York State is awarding more than $13 million to help law enforcement agencies combat gun violence.

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It has been a violent start to 2017 in Western New York. Police are investigating three gun deaths in Buffalo over the weekend, plus two other shootings - one in Buffalo and another in Lockport.

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While Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda says they are close to making arrests in several recent shooting cases, they are still in need of information which can help bring the shooters to justice. Friday in Mayor Byron Brown's office, rewards were announced for several still-unsolved cases.

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Some of the city of Buffalo's most violent residents are going to have notification sessions in their futures, courtesy of nearly $2 million in state cash coming here for crime-fighting. It is part of a renewal of a program called the Gun Involved Violence Elimination grant from the State Division of Criminal Justice Services. 

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Despite failing to ignite action from the Senate, Congressman Brian Higgins says the Democratic sit-in at the House chambers “effective in galvanizing public opinion” on what he calls “common sense gun safety measures.”

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As members of Congress debated Monday evening on four gun bills - none of which were expected to pass - a Western New York lawmaker suggested there is common ground Democrats and Republicans may find, if they're willing to identify and act against the "real enemy." As Republican Tom Reed sees it, it's not the guns.


Buffalo officials insist strong efforts are being made to fight crime in the city after 2015 marked the lowest crime rate in recorded history. On Thursday's National Gun Violence Awareness Day, city leaders and anti-violence activists updated their continuing crusade.

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