Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo will release data on gun-related homicides ahead of the NRA meeting in Houston

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is expected to release new information about gun violence in the county Tuesday morning. But the timing of the briefing comes as the National Rifle Association annual meeting is scheduled to take place in Houston this week.

The data comes from the county’s Institute for Forensic Sciences, which says the percentage of firearm homicides increased from 76% in 2018 to 84% in 2021. According to preliminary data from 2022, firearms were involved in 87% of homicides.

The 2021 data showed that black residents were disproportionately victims of gun homicides, accounting for 55% of all gun homicides in the county, the institute found.

Hidalgo and other county leaders are also expected to point to research showing the impact of weaker gun laws as they relate to higher rates of gun-related deaths, including homicides, suicides and accidental kills.

According to the Everytown Research website, the gun homicide rate in Texas increased by 90% between 2011 and 2020.

As a result, Hidalgo plans to announce that she will introduce a resolution declaring June as “Gun Violence Prevention Month.” It is intended to be a way to honor those who lost their lives to gun violence in Harris County.

The NRA will hold its convention this Friday through Sunday at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Former President Donald Trump will lead a rally during the convention on Friday.

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