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Kansas City, Illinois sue ATF over arms manufacturer license

Jan. 15, 2021 5:52 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City and the state of Illinois filed a lawsuit Friday against a federal agency that awarded a license to an arms manufacturer that was sued last year for illegally selling guns and went bankrupt. The lawsuit alleges the Bureau of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and...

Man who abandoned overdosing man sentenced on fed charges

Jan. 15, 2021 11:26 AM EST

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — A man who abandoned an fatally overdosing man in a Port Townsend hospital parking lot has been sentenced on related federal charges. The U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release that 38-year-old Adam Michael Kelly on Thursday was sentenced to more than five years for...

Virginia man sentenced for illegal firearms purchases

Jan. 9, 2021 11:14 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Virginia man has been sentenced to a year in prison for conspiring to make illegal firearm purchases on behalf of someone else. A news release from the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia said that Corey Randolph Harris, Jr., 27, made...

Fatal shooting by police task force under investigation

Jan. 6, 2021 4:31 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Members of a federal and local law enforcement task force shot a person to death Wednesday in Connecticut's capital city while trying to arrest another man with a history of illegally possessing firearms, authorities said. The person who was shot in Hartford's North End was taken to...

North Carolina man gets 6 years for firearms possession

Jan. 6, 2021 4:20 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man was sentenced to six years for possession of firearms while being a convicted felon, federal prosecutors said. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said in a news release Tuesday that a search of 21-year-old Nicholas Travon...

Illinois Editorial Roundup:

Jan. 5, 2021 11:29 PM EST

Here are excerpts of editorials from several Illinois newspapers. January 5, 2021 Chicago Sun-Times Year of surging gun violence adds to urgent need to plug loopholes in Illinois gun laws The Illinois Legislature has a chance to save lives by reducing gun violence. But it must act quickly. The local firearms...

Police seize guns over threats against attorney general

Jan. 5, 2021 7:02 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Denver police used a relatively new state law to get a court order in November to seize the firearms of a man who allegedly threatened to kill Colorado's attorney general and other officials last year, according to court records. Bryce Shelby, 28, was under investigation by the FBI when he...

Omaha police: Avoid gunfire to ring in the new year

Dec. 29, 2020 8:08 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Omaha police are urging residents to ring in 2021 without shooting off guns. Police say celebratory gunfire can have tragic results with innocent people being struck and injured or killed by stray bullets. Even a shot into the sky has to land somewhere. Omaha police cite the department's...

Man charged in death of 2-year-old boy in St. Paul apartment

Dec. 28, 2020 2:44 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man accused of leaving an unattended gun in a St. Paul apartment where a 2-year-old boy accidentally shot and killed himself is facing two charges, according to court documents released Monday. Earl Williams, 39, is charged in Ramsey County District Court with manslaughter and...

FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2020 file photo, Rockford police and other law enforcement agencies investigate the scene of a shooting at a bowling alley in Rockford, Ill. In Detroit, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia and even smaller Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Milwaukee, 2020 has been deadly not only because of the pandemic, but because gun violence is spiking. It is the same for other mid-sized cities. Last year, there were 18 homicides in Rockford, a city of about 170,000 people in northern Illinois. More than 30 have been killed so far this year, including three Saturday at a bowling alley. (Scott P. Yates/Rockford Register Star via AP)

As COVID-19 ravages US, shootings, killings are also up

Dec. 28, 2020 2:37 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — When Andre Avery drives his commercial truck through Detroit, he keeps his pistol close. Avery, 57, grew up in the Motor City and is aware that homicides and shootings are surging, even though before the pandemic they were dropping in Detroit and elsewhere. His gun is legal, and he carries...