Agency to Launch School-Based Therapy Services

Trilium Resources is an Eastern North Carolina government agency that provides services concerned with mental health, substance abuse, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. In the wake of continued school shootings, it is providing mental health resources to schools and communities. Specifically, Trilium is working on educating the public, removing the stigma from mental illness, and connecting people in need of assistance with mental health providers. Read more here.

HB 746: Changes to State Laws Regarding Firearms

The state house tentatively approved a bill that would  eliminate the need for concealed-carry permits for adults who are at least 18 and are not otherwise prohibited from owning firearms, except where open-carry is explicitly prohibited. The bill would also allow assistant district attorneys to bring concealed weapons into courtrooms, as well as legislators and their staff to bring them into the legislative building if they have concealed weapon permits. Furthermore, the bill would change the current 45 day time frame between a sheriff receiving mental health records regarding an applicant for a concealed weapons permit and the decision to approve or deny the permit. The new requirement would be within 90 days of receiving the application, regardless of when the sheriff receives the records.  Read the full bill at:

Judge Orders Release of Police Shooting Video

The police body cam law was put to the test in Charlotte last week and earned an “A” for public access. Mecklenburg County Superior Court Judge Jesse Caldwell ordered all Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department body and dash cam video to be released in connection with the June 2 police shooting of Rodney Rodriguez Smith, a teenage boy.

A new North Carolina law requires a judge’s approval to release police video. Police spotted Smith after reports of a shooting on a bus, and a department spokesman said officers felt threatened as they approached him because he was armed. Authorities say officers fired, and Smith died at the scene. The officers, who weren’t hurt, were cleared of any wrongdoing.

CMPD said the videos would likely be posted to their website late next week.

Finally – A Little Funding for Research on Gun Violence

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has finally awarded $3.3 million dollars for fireams research.

Since 1996, the Center for Disease Control, an agency that distributes over $5 billion in funding, has avoided funding any research grants having to do with gun violence. Their research was the focus of attacks from the NRA.

The awards are “small potatoes” according to the David Hemenway of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. While we are very glad to see some funds finally going to help our communities understand what strategies might help reduce gun violence, we would like to see more funding go towards solving this critical problem.