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Advocacy group sues over Illinois gun dealer oversight law

Jul. 17, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit alleging a new law that expands state oversight of firearm dealers places "onerous restrictions" that could drive many out of business, officials with the advocacy group announced Wednesday. Under the law, which Democratic Gov. J.B....

New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for money

Jul. 13, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Dozens of Christchurch gun owners on Saturday handed over their weapons in exchange for money, in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics. Police said they paid more than 430,000 New...

Virginia is now election battleground in fight over gun laws

Jul. 10, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Deep-pocketed interest groups and activists on both sides of the long-running fight over gun laws are gearing up for a major clash in Virginia, now a key election battleground in the issue after Republicans on Tuesday adjourned a special legislative session called by the governor to...

New law seems unlikely to alter Philly gun law prosecutions

Jul. 9, 2019 8:29 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's top prosecutor said Tuesday he does not intend to use new unilateral authority to prosecute gun crimes in Philadelphia under a state law passed after criticism of the city district attorney's handling of gun law violations. A spokesman for Attorney General Josh...

GOP-led Virginia Legislature abruptly adjourns gun session

Jul. 9, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Less than two hours after beginning a special session called in response to a mass shooting, Virginia lawmakers abruptly adjourned Tuesday and postponed any movement on gun laws until after the November election. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam summoned the Republican-led Legislature to...

Virginia Senate GOP majority whip resigns in protest after top Republican proposes banning guns in government buildings

Jul. 9, 2019 11:48 AM EDT
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Senate GOP majority whip resigns in protest after top Republican proposes banning guns in government buildings.

Top Virginia Republican proposes gun-control measure

Jul. 8, 2019 8:19 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A top Virginia Republican is calling for a broad ban on guns in government buildings, surprise legislation he filed the day before state lawmakers are set to debate gun laws. Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment filed a bill Monday that would extend a state prohibition on guns in...

California town wants to be a sanctuary _ for gun owners

Jul. 3, 2019 12:40 AM EDT

NEEDLES, Calif. (AP) — The Old West desert town of Needles, California, is where the beleaguered Joad family crossed the Colorado River into California in John Steinbeck's classic novel "The Grapes of Wrath" and was a boyhood home to "Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz. These days, Needles is gaining...

Clay proposal would allow cities to enact tougher gun laws

Jun. 28, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. William Lacy Clay is introducing a bill aimed at reducing gun violence in urban areas like his hometown of St. Louis, but it faces a difficult path to becoming law with a Republican-led Senate and White House. Clay said Friday that he is confident that his bill, the...

Brazil's Bolsonaro tries new tactic to loosen gun laws

Jun. 26, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — President Jair Bolsonaro has issued several new decrees to loosen Brazil's strict gun laws, moving to rescue a signature campaign promise after the Senate rejected his earlier effort. The series of edicts issued Tuesday night effectively canceled a May decree that eased access to...