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A new report published Tuesday by the Safe Tennessee Project finds that gun deaths are on the rise in Tennessee and outpace the national average. The gun-control advocacy group says the state’s lenient gun laws could be partially to blame.

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The recent back-to-back mass shootings in Texas and Ohio have prompted a national conversation on gun control laws.

One of the measures being discussed, both nationally and at the state level, are so-called "red flag" laws.

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Following the mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Gov. Bill Lee said his administration will weigh legislation that would address the issue of gun violence.

But he's not ready to offer specific solutions without first taking a "deeper look" at the issue.

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The Metro Nashville Police Department has formed a specialized task force to enhance its efforts to fight gun crime. City officials say the new unit includes federal agents and focus on figuring out whether a firearm is linked to multiple crimes. 

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An organized group of Nashville activists is looking to bring an anti-violence effort to the city that treats gun violence as a public health epidemic — like an infectious disease that can spread within a community.

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The short run up to Nashville's special mayoral election hasn't allowed for lengthy policy debates but many candidates have been vocal about the issue of youth violence. Over the last few years the city has seen an uptick in gun deaths and crimes committed by juveniles. 2017 was the deadliest year for youth in Nashville in more than a decade.

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Students across the country have been organizing for a March 14 demonstration since the Valentine's Day shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. In Middle Tennessee, high schoolers stood in silence, waved signs, marched and chanted. 

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The most critically injured students from Marshall County High School were all life-flighted from Kentucky to Vanderbilt Medical Center. The school shooting, which killed two and injured 17, was a first for the hospital in 30 years as a Level I trauma center.

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Nashville saw a rise in homicides across the city this year — but some neighborhoods were worse than others. In and around the James Cayce Homes in East Nashville, there were seven murders, the most in 26 years. 

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Friends and neighbors gathered Monday night to memorialize the 16-year-old who was fatally shot in the Cayce Homes on Sunday evening. The vigil was the latest in a year of deadly shootings in the East Nashville public housing complex.

Deberianah Begley was on her porch when the shooting started. When she ran for cover, she was shot and killed by a stray bullet. 

A close friend of the victim's family, Angela Scales, says she is heartbroken over the fact that Begley, an innocent bystander, was killed.