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Virginia commission offers no recommendations on gun laws

Nov. 12, 2019 2:15 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican-led legislative commission in Virginia tasked with offering solutions for curbing gun violence says it has no recommendations to make. The Virginia Crime Commission issued a short report Tuesday saying that staff found "inconclusive evidence" was available to develop...

New Zealand could ban some criminals from being near guns

Nov. 11, 2019 12:16 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government on Monday proposed legislation to ban certain criminals from being anywhere near guns even if they don't own them, a measure that politicians acknowledge has significant human rights implications. The proposed law would make it illegal for some...

Correction: Election 2019-Virginia Legislature story

Nov. 8, 2019 4:53 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story Nov. 6 about Virginia's elections, The Associated Press erroneously reported that 3.5 million voters cast ballots, twice as many as in 2015. At least 2.3 million voters cast ballots in the state's legislative races in 2019, an increase of more than 50 percent over four years...

The Latest: GOP holds on to Richmond-area Senate seat

Nov. 6, 2019 11:11 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia's elections (all times local): 11:10 a.m. Republicans have held on to a Richmond-area Senate seat as Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant defeated Democratic challenger Del. Debra Rodman in a race dominated by attack ads over gun control and abortion. Dunnavant, an OB-GYN,...

Democrats win full control of Virginia statehouse

Nov. 5, 2019 11:07 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democrats continued their winning streak under President Trump on Tuesday and took full control of the statehouse for the first time in more than two decades. Suburban voters turned out in big numbers to back Democratic candidates, continuing a trend of once GOP-friendly...

The Latest: Democrats win control of Virginia statehouse

Nov. 5, 2019 10:23 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia's legislative elections (all times local): 10 p.m. Virginia Democrats are taking full control of the statehouse for the first time in more than two decades. Democrats won majorities in both the state House and Senate in Tuesday's legislative election. This is the...

Advocates rally for the start of Oklahoma permitless gun law

Nov. 1, 2019 6:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gun rights advocates are celebrating the start of a new law that allows most adults in Oklahoma to carry a firearm in public without a background check or training. More than 100 people rallied outside the state Capitol on Friday, the first day the law took effect. An Oklahoma County...

St. Louis, KC seek tougher gun laws amid violence uptick

Nov. 1, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A bill requiring St. Louis gun dealers to alert police when a firearms purchase is denied because of a criminal background check is the latest step in addressing violence in a city beset by gun crimes. St. Louis aldermen unanimously gave final approval to the bill Friday. Supporters say...

Germany ups fight against anti-Semitism, far-right extremism

Oct. 30, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel's Cabinet passed new measures Wednesday aimed at helping fight far-right extremism and anti-Semitism following an attack on a synagogue earlier this month. The proposals include tightening gun laws, stepping up prosecution of online hate, and boosting financial...

Police chief skipping Trump's 1st Chicago visit as president

Oct. 22, 2019 9:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Donald Trump's appearance next week at a police chiefs conference will be his first visit as president to Chicago, a city he has ridiculed for years. The city's top cop plans to skip the speech, even though he's hosting the event. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson's apparent snub of...