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Texas moves to arm more teachers to prevent school shootings

May. 23, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas moved a big step closer to arming more teachers and school personnel as a way to help prevent future campus shootings, under a bill sent to Gov. Greg Abbott. The measure approved Wednesday night by the state Senate changes the 6-year-old school marshal program that had limited...

Democrats slam McConnell for delay on domestic violence bill

May. 22, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Democrats ramped up their rhetoric Wednesday as they pressured the Senate's Republican leader to allow a vote on a bill that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act was the...

Texas House advances school security bill after shooting

May. 21, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers are gearing up to pass new measures aimed at increasing campus security, adding more armed personnel and boosting student mental health resources a year after a mass shooting at a high school near Houston killed eight students and two substitute teachers. The move marks...

Amnesty International criticizes Brazil's far-right leader

May. 21, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Amnesty International published an open letter Tuesday criticizing the policies of President Jair Bolsonaro, saying they will lead to more homicides and deny some Brazilians their human rights. The group said Bolsonaro's "anti-human rights" rhetoric throughout his career is now "being...

Pittsburgh won't enforce gun controls until suits resolved

May. 20, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A county judge ordered Pittsburgh on Friday not to enforce firearms restrictions inspired by the deadly synagogue shooting in the city until lawsuits filed by gun owners are resolved, a decision reached after all parties agreed to the stay. Attorney Eric Tirschwell of gun-control advocacy...

Swiss voters approve tighter gun laws, lining up with the EU

May. 19, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Swiss voters on Sunday approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation's gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun owners, official results showed. The Federal Chancellery said provisional results showed nearly 64% of voters...

Convicted Russian agent Butina appeals for money

May. 19, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist serving a U.S. prison sentence for acting as an unregistered foreign agent has released a video asking for money to help pay her legal costs. Maria Butina was sentenced in April to 18 months after she admitted gathering intelligence on the National Rifle...

The Latest: Swiss voters back tighter gun laws

May. 19, 2019 2:10 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Switzerland's referendum on tightening Swiss gun laws (all times local): 8 p.m. Swiss voters have approved a measure to tighten the Alpine nation's gun laws, bringing the country in line with many of its European partners despite the objections of local gun owners, Swiss media...

1 year after Santa Fe shooting, Texas shuns tougher gun laws

May. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A year after a high school mass shooting near Houston that remains one of the deadliest in U.S. history, Texas lawmakers are on the brink of going home without passing any new gun restrictions, or even tougher firearm storage laws that Gov. Greg Abbott backed after the tragedy. A...

Brazil prosecutor's office seeks suspension of gun decree

May. 16, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil's federal prosecutor's office said Wednesday that it has filed a lawsuit seeking the immediate suspension of a decree by President Jair Bolsonaro loosening regulations on guns and ammunition. The lawsuit argues that the president infringed on legislative territory, saying the...