Latest Gun violence News

Bolsonaro loosens gun laws in Brazil, world murder capital

Jan. 15, 2019 4:27 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday signed a decree making it easier for many Brazilians to own firearms, the first of many expected changes by the nascent administration to overhaul gun laws in the nation that leads the world in total homicides. Bolsonaro signed the decree in a...

Gunman gets 84-year term in Chicago honor student's killing

Jan. 14, 2019 7:48 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge on Monday imposed an 84-year prison sentence on a Chicago man who fatally shot a 15-year-old honor student a week after she performed at President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration festivities. Cook County Judge Nicholas Ford handed down the punishment to 24-year-old Micheail Ward...

Prosecutor: Duo attacked wrong car in deadly drive-by

Jan. 7, 2019 8:38 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Two men suspected in a drive-by shooting that killed a 7-year-old black Houston girl and that was initially investigated as a possible hate crime mistakenly thought they were attacking people whom they had fought with at a club hours earlier, a prosecutor said Monday. One of the men, Eric...

Houston wins praise for handling of girl's drive-by shooting

Jan. 7, 2019 11:23 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Activists praised Houston area law enforcement for pursuing a tip that led to the arrest of an African-American man in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 7-year-old black girl, a turn in the case suggesting the attack was not a hate crime as asserted by the girl's family and some in the...

Houston wins praise for handling of girl's drive-by shooting

Jan. 7, 2019 5:35 AM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Activists praised Houston area law enforcement for pursuing a tip that led to the arrest of an African-American man in the fatal drive-by shooting of a 7-year-old black girl, a turn in the case suggesting the attack was not a hate crime as asserted by the girl's family and some in the...

Dems to push gun control on anniversary of Giffords shooting

Jan. 4, 2019 6:03 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after reclaiming the House majority, Democrats are introducing gun control legislation timed for the anniversary of the shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats will introduce a bill to expand background checks for sales and...

Trial date set for rapper on weapons charge in Arkansas

Jan. 4, 2019 12:21 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Tennessee rapper will stand trial March 11 on charges he illegally carried a gun at a 2017 concert in Little Rock that ended in a gang shootout. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the trial date for Ricky Hampton of Memphis, who performs under the name Finese2Tymes, was set...

Police: Homicides in Chicago down by nearly 100 in 2018

Jan. 1, 2019 6:19 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Preliminary numbers indicate that homicides in Chicago fell by about 100 last year compared to 2017, though the total again eclipses the number of homicides in Los Angeles and New York combined, according to data released Tuesday. Police in Chicago, the nation's third largest city, report...

Washington bans anyone under 21 from buying assault rifles

Jan. 1, 2019 3:19 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington on Tuesday joined a handful of other states that ban anyone under 21 from buying a semi-automatic assault rifle after voters passed a sweeping firearms measure in November that has drawn a court challenge from gun-rights advocates. The ballot initiative seeks to curb gun violence...

2019 means puffing on beaches goes up in smoke in New Jersey

Dec. 31, 2018 11:26 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A ban on smoking at public beaches, a state mandate for health insurance and the ability for courts to take away guns from people who pose a danger are among the laws going into effect in the new year in New Jersey. There are about two dozen new laws taking effect in 2019, according to...