Guns

New York Can Enforce Laws Banning Guns From 'Sensitive Locations' for Now, US Appeals Court Rules

NEW YORK (AP) — New York can continue to enforce laws banning firearms in certain “sensitive” locations and require that... Read More

NEW YORK (AP) — New York can continue to enforce laws banning firearms in certain “sensitive” locations and require that handgun owners be of “good moral character,” a federal appeals court ruled Friday in its first broad review of a... Read More

2023-11-28 20:18:30
by Tom Ramstack
Senate Considers Public Health Strategy to Control Rising Gun Violence

WASHINGTON — Perplexing problems of gun violence returned to a Senate hearing Tuesday, this time with a proposal for treating... Read More

WASHINGTON — Perplexing problems of gun violence returned to a Senate hearing Tuesday, this time with a proposal for treating it as a public health crisis rather than purely a law enforcement issue. A near record surge in violence has... Read More

2023-11-21 20:54:46
by Dan McCue
4th Circuit Tosses Maryland’s Handgun Licensing Requirement

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Maryland’s preliminary handgun-licensure requirement is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced.... Read More

RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Maryland’s preliminary handgun-licensure requirement is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. In its ruling, a divided 4th Circuit held that the requirement unlawfully restricts the ability of law-abiding adults to possess... Read More

2023-11-08 21:50:00
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Agrees to Decide if Bump Stocks Can Be Banned

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed this month to hear a case that will decide whether a Justice Department ban... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed this month to hear a case that will decide whether a Justice Department ban on gun bump stocks will withstand a constitutional challenge. Bump stocks are gun attachments that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire... Read More

The Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case Over Gun Law That Protects Domestic Violence Victims

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a federal law that prohibits people from having guns if... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is taking up a challenge to a federal law that prohibits people from having guns if they are under a court order to stay away from their spouse, partner or other family members. The justices are... Read More

2023-10-10 21:33:29
by Tom Ramstack
Supreme Court Justice Temporarily Allows New Rules Against Ghost Guns

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is moving ahead with new regulations on ghost guns after a short-term court victory Friday... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is moving ahead with new regulations on ghost guns after a short-term court victory Friday in a dispute over government authority on firearm ownership. A federal judge in Texas tried to block the regulation by... Read More

2023-09-14 20:19:07
by Tom Ramstack
Gun Dealers Lose Appeal to Block New York Background Check Law

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday rejected an emergency appeal from New York gun dealers trying... Read More

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday rejected an emergency appeal from New York gun dealers trying to block a new background check law that would have state police review gun license applications instead of the Federal... Read More

2023-08-30 19:11:17
by Natalie McCormick
University of North Carolina Grapples With Professor’s On-Campus Murder

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Fear swept over the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Monday afternoon... Read More

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Fear swept over the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Monday afternoon as students, faculty and staff began checking buzzing cellphones and finding an alert stating, “Emergency: Armed, dangerous person on or... Read More

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Booed at Vigil as Hundreds Mourn More Racist Killings

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at prayer vigils and in church, in frustration and exhaustion, to... Read More

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of people gathered Sunday at prayer vigils and in church, in frustration and exhaustion, to mourn yet another racist attack in America: this one the killing of three Black people in Florida at the hands... Read More

Illinois Supreme Court Upholds States Ban on Semiautomatic Weapons

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the state's ban on the sale or possession of the type... Read More

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the state's ban on the sale or possession of the type of semiautomatic weapons used in hundreds of mass killings nationally. In a 4-3 decision Friday, the high court found that the Protect... Read More

2023-08-08 18:12:53
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court Revives Biden Ghost Gun Restrictions

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday revived the Biden administration’s restrictions on so-called “ghost guns,” temporarily allowing the... Read More

WASHINGTON — A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday revived the Biden administration’s restrictions on so-called “ghost guns,” temporarily allowing the government to require makers of the untraceable weapons kits to conduct background checks and add serial numbers to their products.... Read More

2023-07-21 20:44:58
by Dan McCue
McConaugheys Launch Initiative to Simplify Grant Process for Safer Schools

LOS ANGELES — The actor Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila launched a new initiative Thursday intended to simplify the... Read More

LOS ANGELES — The actor Matthew McConaughey and his wife Camila launched a new initiative Thursday intended to simplify the federal grant application process to support mental health programs and safe learning environments in schools. The couple’s goal in creating... Read More

2023-06-30 19:53:07
by Dan McCue
Supreme Court to Decide if Accused Domestic Abusers Have Gun Rights

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case that asks whether people accused of domestic violence continue... Read More

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to hear a case that asks whether people accused of domestic violence continue to have a right to own firearms. The justices took on the case at the urging of the Biden administration,... Read More

2023-06-22 22:13:43
by Tom Ramstack
Maryland Supreme Court Limits Evidence of Ballistics Tests in Trials

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s Supreme Court ruled this week that expert witnesses on ballistics tests linking a bullet to a... Read More

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland’s Supreme Court ruled this week that expert witnesses on ballistics tests linking a bullet to a single gun must be more restricted in the testimony they offer in criminal trials. The ruling is expected to have... Read More

House Passes Resolution to Overturn New Federal Gun Regulation; Biden Vows Veto

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans passed a resolution that would repeal a Biden administration rule tightening federal regulations on stabilizing braces for... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans passed a resolution that would repeal a Biden administration rule tightening federal regulations on stabilizing braces for firearms, an accessory that has been used in several mass shootings in the U.S. over the last decade. The resolution... Read More

2023-06-08 17:56:01
by Dan McCue
White House Lauds States for Enacting ‘Commonsense’ Gun Safety Bills

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday lauded the “important progress” some states are achieving to make their communities safer... Read More

WASHINGTON — The White House on Wednesday lauded the “important progress” some states are achieving to make their communities safer from gun violence. “With every tragic shooting we see across America, we see the urgency of action at every level... Read More

2023-06-02 19:11:01
by Tom Ramstack
Judge Bars Gun Access to Defendant Who Played Part in Jan. 6 Riot

WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s gun rights decision last week blocking a Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendant’s handgun access appears... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal judge’s gun rights decision last week blocking a Jan. 6 Capitol riot defendant’s handgun access appears to set a precedent in interpreting a key Supreme Court decision last year. Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg... Read More

2023-05-18 21:16:21
by Tom Ramstack
NRA Sues Maryland’s Governor Over Gun Restriction Laws

BALTIMORE — The National Rifle Association sued Maryland's governor this week to block new gun control laws that place tight... Read More

BALTIMORE — The National Rifle Association sued Maryland's governor this week to block new gun control laws that place tight restrictions on where guns can be carried.  The laws ban guns from being carried anywhere close to schools, hospitals and... Read More

Texas Shooter's 'RWDS' Patch Linked to Far-Right Extremists

The shooter who killed eight people at a Dallas-area mall was wearing a patch that read “RWDS” — short for “Right Wing... Read More

The shooter who killed eight people at a Dallas-area mall was wearing a patch that read “RWDS” — short for “Right Wing Death Squad” — a phrase that has been embraced in recent years by far-right extremists who glorify violence against their... Read More

2023-04-24 20:25:16
by Tom Ramstack
Court Upholds DC Gun Ban on Large-Capacity Magazines

WASHINGTON — A federal judge last week upheld a District of Columbia ban on large-capacity magazines in what appears to... Read More

WASHINGTON — A federal judge last week upheld a District of Columbia ban on large-capacity magazines in what appears to be a shift away from gun ownership rights. Washington, D.C., has been aggressive in trying to restrict gun rights but... Read More

Top 2024 Hopefuls to Address NRA Convention After Shootings

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Last year it was Uvalde. Now it's Nashville and Louisville. For the second year in a row, the National Rifle Association is holding its... Read More

NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Last year it was Uvalde. Now it's Nashville and Louisville. For the second year in a row, the National Rifle Association is holding its annual convention within days of mass shootings that shook the nation. The three-day gathering, beginning Friday, will include thousands of... Read More

2023-04-10 15:33:11
by Dan McCue
Four Dead, Eight Wounded in Louisville Mass Shooting

WASHINGTON — Four people were killed and eight others were injured Monday morning after a gunman opened fire inside a... Read More

WASHINGTON — Four people were killed and eight others were injured Monday morning after a gunman opened fire inside a bank in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Police were notified of the shooting at the city’s Old National Bank at around 8:30... Read More

2023-03-31 20:38:09
by Dan McCue
Thompson Presses for Vote on Background Checks Act

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., is asking House and Senate leaders to call a vote on tougher gun purchase... Read More

WASHINGTON — Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., is asking House and Senate leaders to call a vote on tougher gun purchase background checks in the wake of the tragic mass shooting at the Covenant School in Nashville, Tennessee. Thompson, a Blue... Read More

Permit Requirement to Buy Pistol Scrapped in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina residents can now buy a handgun without getting a permit from a local sheriff,... Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina residents can now buy a handgun without getting a permit from a local sheriff, after the Republican-controlled state legislature on Wednesday overrode the Democratic governor’s veto — a first since 2018. The House voted 71-46 to... Read More

2023-03-27 20:17:43
by Dan McCue
Biden: School Shooting ‘a Family’s Worst Nightmare’

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden responded to the school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, Monday that left three children and three... Read More

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden responded to the school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, Monday that left three children and three adults dead, saying it is “a family’s worst nightmare” and calling on Congress to do more to address gun violence.... Read More

2023-03-15 15:06:58
by Dan McCue
Biden Signs Executive Order to Increase Gun Background Checks

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at increasing the number of background... Read More

MONTEREY PARK, Calif. — President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed an executive order aimed at increasing the number of background checks conducted before the sale of a firearm. Last June, in the wake of mass shootings at a supermarket in... Read More

Seven Dead as California Mourns 3rd Mass Killing in Eight Days

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A gunman killed seven people at two agricultural businesses in Northern California, plunging the... Read More

HALF MOON BAY, Calif. (AP) — A gunman killed seven people at two agricultural businesses in Northern California, plunging the state into mourning again in the wake of its third mass killing in eight days. Officers arrested a suspect in... Read More

Ex-GOP Candidate Charged in Shootings at Lawmakers' Homes

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A failed Republican candidate who authorities said was angry over his defeat in November is facing... Read More

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A failed Republican candidate who authorities said was angry over his defeat in November is facing numerous charges in connection with drive-by shootings targeting the homes of Democratic lawmakers in New Mexico’s largest city. Solomon Pena, 39, was... Read More

Supreme Court Lets New York Enforce Gun Law During Lawsuit

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York can for now continue to enforce a sweeping new law that bans guns from “sensitive places” such... Read More

WASHINGTON (AP) — New York can for now continue to enforce a sweeping new law that bans guns from “sensitive places” such as schools, playgrounds and Times Square, the Supreme Court said Wednesday, allowing the law to be in force while a lawsuit over... Read More

2022-12-15 21:11:18
by Tom Ramstack
Stories of Gun Control Failures Grip Lawmakers

WASHINGTON — A decade and a day after a deranged gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in... Read More

WASHINGTON — A decade and a day after a deranged gunman killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, Nicole Melchionno told a congressional committee about sitting in her second-grade class and hearing a sound like large... Read More

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