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Rhode Island to divest from private prisons, gun makers

Jan. 22, 2020 4:16 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island public pension fund will stop investing in companies that either operate private for-profit prisons or make assault-style weapons that are sold to civilians, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced Wednesday. “We don't want to be associated with businesses...

1 suspect killed, 1 wounded in Florida police shooting

Jan. 22, 2020 3:44 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida police officers opened fire on three armed robbery suspects in a late-night confrontation, killing one and wounding another, authorities said early Wednesday. Officers had set up an undercover operation after someone attempted to buy a mobile phone through a social media...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, people walk through the hall outside of the SHOT Show gun show in Las Vegas. The gun industry is gathering for its annual conference, in January 2020, amid a host of uncertainty: slumping gun sales, a public increasingly agitating for restrictions on access to firearms and a presidential campaign that threatens gun rights like perhaps no other time in modern American history. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Gun industry gathers amid slumping sales, rising tensions

Jan. 19, 2020 12:44 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gun companies are gathering for their annual conference and trade show this week in Las Vegas at a pivotal moment for the industry amid slumping sales, a public increasingly agitating for restrictions on access to firearms and escalating tensions over gun control efforts. The event, held...

Delaware lawmakers aim to outlaw "ghost guns"

Jan. 16, 2020 7:23 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Delaware have introduced legislation to outlaw so-called "ghost guns" that can't be traced by law enforcement officials. The bill introduced on Thursday makes it a felony to possess or manufacture an untraceable firearm. It also criminalizes "covert firearms"...

This photo provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows AR-15 lower receivers, which federal agents have seized, including these unfinished ones taken in 2014 in California, for firearms investigations nationwide. For decades, the federal government has treated the mechanism called the lower receiver as the essential piece of the semiautomatic rifle, which has been used in some of the nation's deadliest mass shootings. But some defense attorneys have recently argued that the part alone does not meet the definition in the law. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP)

Design of AR-15 could derail charges tied to popular rifle

Jan. 13, 2020 4:05 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A subtle design feature of the AR-15 rifle has raised a technical legal question that is derailing cases against people who are charged with illegally buying and selling the gun's parts or building the weapon. At issue is whether a key piece of one of America's most popular firearms meets the...

State police provide guidance for sale of 'ghost gun' frames

Jan. 9, 2020 5:04 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday provided guidance to gun dealers about how to perform background checks for selling partially manufactured gun frames that can be readily converted into working firearms. The police agency told dealers they must call the background check system...

Kansas City files lawsuit over weapons trafficking

Jan. 8, 2020 1:30 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City and a national gun safety advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that several businesses and individuals trafficked firearms in the region while willfully ignoring evidence that the guns were being sold illegally. The city was joined in the lawsuit by Everytown...

FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2019, file image taken from video released by National Transportation Safety Board, the wreckage of a World War II-era B-17 bomber plane that crashed Wednesday remains on the tarmac at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn. The plane crashed and burned after experiencing mechanical trouble on takeoff. (NTSB via AP, FILE)

B-17 crash, missing mom among top Connecticut news in 2019

Dec. 25, 2019 9:02 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut's top stories in 2019 included the deadly crash of a World War II-era bomber, police shootings that stirred protests and the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a mother of five. In addition to the new scandals and tragedies, there were developments in long-running...

Leader of motorcycle gang indicted on federal firearm charge

Dec. 22, 2019 4:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A high-ranking member of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club from Massachusetts was indicted on a firearm charge, federal prosecutors said. A federal grand jury indicted Bruce Sartwell, 48, on a sole count of possession of an unregistered firearm on Thursday, U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling's office...

Two years in prison for man who illegally shipped guns

Dec. 17, 2019 7:44 AM EST

CHILTON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man accused of manufacturing guns and illegally shipping them to Australia has been sentenced to two years in federal prison. Andy Lloyd Huebschmann, of Chilton, made guns and parts for guns, including kits that contained parts for rifles that could function with either...