Latest Gun violence News

Vermont lawmakers continue to seek gun-buy waiting period

Jan. 26, 2020 11:40 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in the Vermont Legislature are still trying to hammer out new gun laws after Republican Gov. Phil Scott last year vetoed gun legislation. He had argued that Vermont has done enough to regulate firearms and that there wasn't enough data on waiting periods. On...

Husband of mass shooting victim speaks to Virginia lawmakers

Jan. 26, 2020 9:00 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Jason Nixon came to Richmond on Jan. 21 for the first time hoping to speak about a gun bill. But he got to lecture some lawmakers, too. “You guys have lost sight about politics,” he told a group of delegates. “It’s not about my side is better than yours."...

Aurora residents on edge after rash of recent shootings

Jan. 25, 2020 11:24 AM EST

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Anyone who has called city hall in recent years has likely been greeted with Aurora’s proudest slogan: “The safest large city in Colorado.” But the number of murders in recent days and weeks has challenged that claim, which is based on 2015 federal crime rates per...

This undated photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections shows Jamal Bennett. The Michigan Supreme Court has thrown out Bennet's murder conviction, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a

Michigan court reverses murder conviction, cites rap videos

Jan. 24, 2020 6:39 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court unanimously threw out a murder conviction Friday, saying YouTube rap videos spoiled the verdict by portraying the defendant as a “ruthless and menacing threat to the community.” Jamal Bennett is serving a 32-year prison sentence for the fatal shooting...

Galveston repeals gun regulations to avoid city lawsuit

Jan. 24, 2020 3:16 PM EST

GALVESTON, TX (AP) — The Galveston City Council voted to scrap an ordinance that prevented gun shops and shooting ranges from being located near schools or places of worship. The City Council approved the amended land-use regulations in a unanimous vote Thursday to comply with state law and avoid a...

Virginia House advances gun control measures

Jan. 24, 2020 12:43 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrats in the Virginia House are advancing a package of gun-control measures less than a week after tens of thousands of pro-gun advocates from around the country rallied at the state Capitol. But the advancing bills don't yet include a proposed assault weapon ban, a top priority...

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, March 28, 2012, a security cctv camera is seen by the Olympic Stadium at the Olympic Park in London.  The South Wales police deployed facial recognition surveillance equipment on Sunday Jan. 12, 2020, in a test to monitor crowds arriving for a weekend soccer match in real-time, that is prompting public debate about possible aggressive uses of facial recognition in Western democracies, raising questions about human rights and how the technology may enter people's daily lives in the future.  (AP Photo/Sang Tan, FILE)

London police to use face scan tech, stoking privacy fears

Jan. 24, 2020 12:08 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — London police will start using facial recognition cameras to pick out suspects from street crowds in real time, in a major advance for the controversial technology that raises worries about automated surveillance and erosion of privacy rights. The Metropolitan Police Service said Friday that...

FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2017, file photo, rifles are lined up and ready to be auctioned at Johnny's Auction House, where the company handles gun sales for about a half dozen police departments and the Lewis County Sheriff's Office, in Rochester, Wash. After years of trying, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, that allows the State Patrol to destroy guns they confiscated during criminal investigations.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

House passes bill to let State Patrol destroy crime guns

Jan. 23, 2020 8:45 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — After years of trying, the Washington state House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday that allows the State Patrol to destroy guns they confiscated during criminal investigations. The measure gives the State Patrol the option available to all other law enforcement agencies in the state...

Chicago police end effort to predict gun offenders, victims

Jan. 23, 2020 6:25 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police have ended a program that sought to predict people most likely to be victims or perpetrators of gun crime, according to a watchdog report released Thursday that warned the department of serious flaws in the approach. The police department implemented the method in 2012, using...

In this Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, photo, Teiya Enriquez Sandoval, center, and her sister Jazzy Enriquez, right, the daughters of Honolulu Police Officer Tiffany Enriquez, hug family friend Tristel Tynanaes during a candlelight vigil in remembrance of Tiffany Enriquez in Honolulu. A handyman's landlord had recently started an eviction process before he stabbed a woman Sunday and fatally shot two Honolulu officers, including Enriquez. (Bruce Asato/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Hawaii eyes closing gun loopholes, bolstering mental health

Jan. 22, 2020 8:25 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii already has some of the nation's strictest gun laws, but the fatal shooting of two Honolulu police officers by a man his lawyer and neighbors believe had psychiatric problems has added new urgency to efforts to close gun control loopholes and bolster mental health care treatment. ...