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FILE - This file image provided by the Maryland U.S. District Attorney's Office shows a photo of firearms and ammunition that belonged to Christopher Paul Hasson, a Coast Guard lieutenant. Federal prosecutors recommend a 25-year prison sentence for Hasson, accused of stockpiling weapons and targeting Supreme Court justices, prominent Democrats and TV journalists. But defense attorneys dispute the government's claim that he is a domestic terrorist. (Maryland U.S. District Attorney's Office via AP, File)

Coast Guard officer accused of terror plot asks for leniency

Jan. 21, 2020 1:42 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Federal prosecutors are recommending a 25-year prison sentence for a Coast Guard lieutenant accused of stockpiling guns and targeting Supreme Court justices, prominent Democrats and TV journalists for attacks inspired by racist killers. But defense attorneys are seeking leniency...

Judge denies gun seizure of Colorado officer's guns

Jan. 16, 2020 4:37 PM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A judge on Thursday denied a petition to seize the guns of a police officer involved in the 2017 fatal shooting of a 19-year-old which was sought by the teen's mother under Colorado's new red flag law. In her Jan. 9 petition for an extreme risk protection order, Susan Holmes said...

Marine sentenced to 3 years for illegal firearms

Jan. 14, 2020 11:02 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — A Marine stationed in Hawaii pleaded guilty to possession unlawful firearms during a military court hearing Tuesday for allegations he tried to bring weapons onto an Air Force base while home in Nebraska. Ali Al-kazahg's sentence includes a bad conduct discharge, reduction in rank from...

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...

FILE - This undated file booking photo provided by the San Francisco Police Department shows Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a homeless undocumented immigrant who was acquitted of killing Kate Steinle on a San Francisco pier in 2015. A federal judge is delaying a trial on gun possession charges against the Mexican national who was acquitted in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that became a national immigration flashpoint, saying he has questions about the man's mental competency. (San Francisco Police Department via AP, File)

Gun case delayed for man cleared of San Francisco pier death

Jan. 10, 2020 7:50 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Friday delayed a gun possession trial against a Mexican man who was acquitted of killing a woman on a San Francisco pier in a case that became a national flashpoint, saying he has questions about the man's mental competency. U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria...

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...

Police: Motorcycle club members arrested on weapons charges

Jan. 4, 2020 4:46 PM EST

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — Four motorcycle club members and an associate of the group have been charged with gun crimes while in Massachusetts to attend a fellow member's memorial service, state police said Saturday. The arrests on Friday afternoon and evening were the result of an investigation that began at...

Friend of Dayton gunman released to house arrest

Dec. 27, 2019 2:58 PM EST

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A friend of a gunman who killed nine people in a rampage in Dayton has been released to house arrest. U.S. District Judge Thomas Rose ordered electronic monitoring for Ethan Kollie, 24. Kollie was released from jail Monday after being held since early August. He faces sentencing Feb. 20...

Saudi student in alleged 'kill list' plot ordered held

Dec. 17, 2019 8:21 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Saudi Arabian student who prosecutors say illegally obtained a gun in the U.S. and told someone he wanted to kill a professor and others was ordered Tuesday held until his trial on a federal gun charge. U.S. Magistrate Judge Laura Fashing ruled Tuesday that Hassan Alqahtani posed...

Documents sought in case of Saudi student facing gun charge

Dec. 16, 2019 10:41 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Saudi Arabian student arrested on a federal firearms charge the day before he was scheduled to graduate from the University of New Mexico remained in custody Monday while his attorneys sought more documents from prosecutors. The attorneys hope to discredit allegations that their...