PUBLIC SAFETY

Western Massachusetts Episcopal Bishop Douglas Fisher speaks at a rally of high school students calling for greater gun safety outside Smith and Wesson headquarters on March 14, 2018.
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The Episcopal Church in the United States will start investing in gun companies. That's after a bishop in western Massachusetts pushed for the move.

Guns for sale in Millbury, Massachusetts.
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In late June, a gun store in Charlemont, Massachusetts, posted a letter on Facebook from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Shutesbury Fire Department building in Shutesbury, Massachusetts.
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Town officials in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, are meeting Tuesday to discuss the contract for the fire chief after he said he'd quit, and the volunteer firefighters who work with him said they'd do the same.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson during a training class conducted at Bristol County Jail and House of Correction in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, in December 2017.
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A new civil rights lawsuit filed Tuesday in Boston's federal court says Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson detained an immigrant based solely on the man's immigration status — which is illegal under current law.

Smith and Wesson pistol.
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Massachusetts authorities say hundreds of residents previously cleared by a state board to own a firearm may lose their gun licenses because of a clash between state and federal regulations. 

In Gill, Massachusetts, Police Sgt. Christopher Redmond wore a body camera in this 2015 photo.
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The police union in Springfield, Massachusetts, has agreed to have officers wear body cameras. The department-wide policy is part of new contracts announced Friday. 

Charlemont Town Hall.
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The western Massachusetts town of Charlemont has voted to establish a fire department, even though it's had one for more than 100 years.

Investigators brought shovels onto the property in Springfield, Massachusetts, where three bodies were previously found.
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Hampden District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said investigators are using ground-penetrating radar to search a Springfield, Massachusetts, property where three bodies have been found in recent days. 

An armed officer outside Sidney High School in Sidney, Ohio.
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One of the most controversial responses to the spate of deadly school shootings in the U.S. has been the idea of arming teachers. The idea has become a reality in some 13 states.

Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut was the keynote speaker at a forum on the global arms trade in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Murphy said the country’s domestic attitude towards guns is having a global impact.

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