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Nevada Supreme Court rulings hand setbacks to gun-right defenders and anti-abortion activists

Apr. 18, 2024 20:56 PM EDT

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's Supreme Court upheld a state ban on ghost guns Thursday, overturning a lower court's ruling that sided with a gun manufacturer's argument that the 2021 law regulating firearm components with no serial numbers was too broad and unconstitutionally vague. ...

Two shootings, two different responses — Maine restricts guns while Iowa arms teachers

Apr. 18, 2024 13:25 PM EDT

Six months after a deadly mass shooting by an Army reservist, Maine lawmakers this week passed a wide-ranging package of new gun restrictions. Three months after a fatal school shooting, Iowa lawmakers this week passed legislation allowing trained teachers and staff to carry guns on...

New Mexico special legislative session to focus on public safety initiatives

Apr. 17, 2024 19:05 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s Democratic governor on Wednesday announced a mid-summer special legislative session on public safety that may delve into concerns about homeless encampments, panhandling and mental health treatment after many crime initiatives have languished. ...

Tennessee lawmakers pass bill to involuntarily commit some defendants judged incompetent for trial

Apr. 15, 2024 18:52 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Republican-led Legislature unanimously passed a bill Monday that would involuntarily commit certain criminal defendants for inpatient treatment and temporarily remove their gun rights if they are ruled incompetent to stand trial due to intellectual disability...

Semiautomatic firearm ban passes Colorado's House, heads to Senate

Apr. 14, 2024 19:14 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic-controlled House on Sunday passed a bill that would ban the sale and transfer of semiautomatic firearms, a major step for the legislation after roughly the same bill was swiftly killed by Democrats last year. The bill, which passed on a 35-27...

Georgia city rules that people must lock empty vehicles when guns are inside

Apr. 12, 2024 16:15 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Coastal Georgia's largest city will require guns left in empty vehicles be securely stored, an effort that Savannah Mayor Van Johnson says is meant to cut down on gun thefts from unlocked cars. “We are not trying to take anybody’s guns — that is a...

The Biden administration will require thousands more gun dealers to run background checks on buyers

Apr. 11, 2024 16:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands more firearms dealers across the United States will have to run background checks on buyers at gun shows or other places outside brick-and-mortar stores, according to a Biden administration rule that will soon go into effect. The rule aims to close a...

Washington gun store sold hundreds of high-capacity ammunition magazines in 90 minutes without ban

Apr. 10, 2024 19:09 PM EDT

KELSO, Washington (AP) — A Washington state gun store owner said he sold hundreds of high-capacity ammunition magazines in the short span of time Monday between a judge ruling a ban on the sales unconstitutional and the state filing an emergency appeal to the Washington Supreme Court. ...

Tennessee bill to untangle gun and voting rights restoration is killed for the year

Apr. 10, 2024 18:27 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee lawmakers have killed a bipartisan bill for the year that would have let residents convicted of felonies apply to vote again without also restoring their gun rights. Democratic Rep. Antonio Parkinson and Republican Sen. Paul Bailey advanced the...

Washington state ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines ruled unconstitutional, but state appeals

Apr. 08, 2024 23:25 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A judge in Washington state ruled Monday that the state’s ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines is unconstitutional — but the law will remain in effect while the state appeals the decision. Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Gary Bashor ruled that...