Latest Gun politics News

Teen's death spurs federal, state safe gun storage bills

Jan. 22, 2019 1:11 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Still coping with the death of their teenage son a year ago, Michael and Kristin Song are on a mission that is helping to relieve some of their pain — advocating for tougher federal and state laws on safe gun storage aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of children....

Supreme Court returns to gun rights for 1st time in 9 years

Jan. 22, 2019 10:45 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Tuesday it will take up its first gun rights case in nine years, a challenge to New York City's prohibition on carrying a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits. The court's decision to hear the appeal filed by three New York residents and New...

German prosecutors press terror charges against Syrian man

Jan. 22, 2019 6:44 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors say they've pressed charges against a 29-year-old Syrian man who allegedly was a member of a foreign terror group and violated the war weapons control law. The man, whose name was not given, allegedly joined the Islamist Ahrar al-Sham insurgent group in Syria from 2013 to 2014....

Political shifts, sales slump cast shadow over gun industry

Jan. 22, 2019 5:52 AM EST

When gunmakers and dealers gather this week in Las Vegas for the industry's largest annual conference, they will be grappling with slumping sales and a shift in politics that many didn't envision two years ago when gun-friendly Donald Trump and a GOP-controlled Congress took office. Some of the top priorities for...

Gun bills more likely to become ads than law in Virginia

Jan. 21, 2019 4:50 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers appear unlikely to pass any notable new gun laws this legislative session, but are almost certain to campaign heavily on failed gun legislation later this year. Republicans who control the General Assembly have dispatched gun-control bills backed by Democratic Gov....

Fear and zeal over more guns in violence-plagued Brazil

Jan. 21, 2019 10:20 AM EST

SAO GONCALO, Brazil (AP) — Fearing for his safety amid rising crime in Latin America's largest nation, Paulo Alberto joined a gun club three years ago and learned to shoot. But he says Brazil's tight carry laws that mean he can't take his gun anywhere but to the club limit his ability to protect himself...

Police: Man fires into ground before camper standoff

Jan. 20, 2019 5:06 PM EST

MAMMOTH, Pa. (AP) — State police say a man was arrested after they allege he fired a pistol into the ground in front of officers and then held law enforcement at bay for more than two hours in western Pennsylvania. Police in Westmoreland County say a hit-and-run crash was reported Sunday involving a blue...

Tennessee officer indicted for killing black man

Jan. 18, 2019 4:43 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A grand jury in Tennessee indicted a white police officer on a charge of first-degree murder for killing an armed black man who ran when he saw police, according to a Friday news release from the Nashville district attorney's office. An arrest affidavit said Nashville officer Andrew...

Brazil's Bolsonaro makes stumbling start as president

Jan. 17, 2019 4:56 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — A few days after being inaugurated, new Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced a tax increase, only to have his chief-of-staff say hours later that the boss "had been wrong." The former army captain also said he would be open to putting a U.S. base in his country, but military...

Pritzker signs bill allowing Illinois to license gun dealers

Jan. 17, 2019 2:07 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker authorized state regulation of firearms dealers Thursday in a reversal of his predecessor's policy and prompting a gun owners group to threaten legal action against Illinois. Pritzker, sworn in on Monday, chose an elementary school in Chicago to sign legislation...