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FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday, March 30, that he is abandoning the effort. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears

Apr. 1, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans worried about their safety during the coronavirus crisis. According to figures from the FBI, 3.7 million background checks were done in March — the most for a single month...

FILE - In this March 29, 2018, file photo, rapper Nipsey Hussle watches an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. Hussle, 33, was shot and killed outside his Los Angeles clothing store on March 31, 2019. A year after Hussle's death, his popularity and influence are as strong as ever. He won two posthumous Grammys in January, he remains a favorite of his hip-hop peers and his death has reshaped his hometown of Los Angeles in some unexpected ways. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

How a chance reunion led to Nipsey Hussle’s death

Mar. 31, 2020 1:36 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ermias Asghedom and Eric Holder both grew up in the same Los Angeles neighborhood, were both part of the gang known as the Rollin' 60s, and were both aspiring rappers. Asghedom, who went by the name Nipsey Hussle, would go on to become a hip-hop star, neighborhood legend and local hero....

People wait in a line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif., March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Are gun shops 'essential' businesses during a pandemic?

Mar. 27, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren't essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders meant to slow the coronavirus. In other places, officials are stopping background checks for concealed carry permits. Elsewhere, city leaders have invoked emergency powers allowing bans on...

FILE - In this May 5, 2019, file photo, Thomas and Natalie Henry-Howell, third and fourth from left, arrive for the memorial service for their son, Riley Howell, one of two students killed in a campus shooting at the University of North Carolina Charlotte, in Lake Junaluska, N.C. Howell, a college student who died tackling a gunman at the university has been posthumously awarded one of the nation's highest civilian honors. Howell was honored with a Congressional Medal of Honor Society Citizen Award at wreath-laying ceremony live-streamed from Washington on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek, File)

Slain North Carolina college student awarded Medal of Honor

Mar. 26, 2020 4:17 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A college student who died tackling a gunman at a North Carolina university was posthumously awarded one of the U.S.'s highest civilian honors on Wednesday, the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announced. The family of Riley Howell accepted the Congressional Medal of Honor...

FILE - In this file image from a Jan. 1, 2020, surveillance video released by the U.S. Attorney's office in Maryland, Brian Mark Lemley Jr, right, and Patrik Mathews leave a store in Delaware where they purchased ammunition and paper shooting targets. In a court filing Wednesday, March 11, 2020, Lemley, accused of joining a white supremacist group and discussing violence at a gun rights rally in Virginia, is seeking his pretrial release from federal custody.  (U.S. Attorney via AP, File)

Man linked to extremist group seeks release from jail

Mar. 11, 2020 2:14 PM EDT

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man accused of joining a white supremacist group and discussing violence at a gun rights rally in Virginia is seeking his pretrial release from federal custody. In a court filing Wednesday, defense attorney Ned Smock asked a federal magistrate judge in Greenbelt,...

In this April 10, 2013 file photo, Jonathan Scalise, owner of Ammunition Storage Components, holds up a 10-round, left, and a 30-round magazine that his company manufacturers for the AR-15 rifle in New Britain, Conn. Gun rights supporters are suing Connecticut officials over part of a 2013 state gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook school shooting, saying it unconstitutionally bans people from loading more than 10 rounds of ammunition into their firearms. The lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 cites the Second Amendment right to bear arms and the ability of people to better defend themselves with more bullets in their guns. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Suit filed over Sandy Hook-inspired law limiting gun rounds

Mar. 11, 2020 1:45 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Gun rights supporters are suing Connecticut officials over part of a 2013 state gun control law passed after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, saying it unconstitutionally bans people from loading more than 10 rounds of ammunition into their firearms. The lawsuit filed...

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks to health officials about the coronavirus outbreak, at the Westin Hotel at the Delta airlines terminal in Romulus, Mich., Monday, March 9, 2020. (Max Ortiz/Detroit News via AP)

The Latest: Sanders wins North Dakota caucuses

Mar. 11, 2020 8:20 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries (all times local): 7:55 a.m. Bernie Sanders has won North Dakota's Democratic presidential caucuses. Participation in Tuesday's contest was expected to be dramatically higher than it was four years ago. That's mainly due to a...

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Miss., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Major gun safety groups endorse Joe Biden's presidential bid

Mar. 9, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Two of the nation’s largest gun control advocacy groups have endorsed Joe Biden, the latest sign that Bernie Sanders’ spotty record on guns may be weighing him down in the presidential primary. Everytown for Gun Safety and Brady announced they are backing the former...

Man accused of killing officer indicted on gun possession

Mar. 2, 2020 6:27 PM EST

WARRIOR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of fatally shooting a police officer in an ambush has been indicted on firearm possession charges. Preston Chyenne Johnson, 37, was indicted Thursday on three counts of illegal firearm possession, news outlets reported Monday. Johnson is awaiting trial in the...

From left, Democratic presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former Vice President Joe Biden participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at the Gaillard Center, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, in Charleston, S.C., co-hosted by CBS News and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's viral spin; Sanders' delegates flip

Mar. 2, 2020 1:04 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has not proved to be the bearer of reliable information when calamity threatens and people want straight answers about it. That's happening again as he addresses the prospect of a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. With numbers still low, but the first death in the...