Latest Gun politics News

'Red flag laws' offer tool for preventing some gun violence

Aug. 24, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

After a white supremacist discussed plans on Facebook for a mass shooting at a synagogue, police in Washington used a new law to quickly seize his 12 firearms, long before he was convicted of any crime. But when a Tennessee father became alarmed about his son after receiving a suicidal text message, he said the...

NY 'red flag' gun-control law goes into effect Saturday

Aug. 23, 2019 8:59 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Amid a national gun-control debate, New York state's "red flag" law goes into effect Saturday. It allows law enforcement, school officials and families to ask a court to order the seizure of firearms from people considered to be dangerous. State legislators who support the measure emphasize...

Texas gun rights lobby pushing back on calls for new laws

Aug. 23, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' muscular gun-rights lobby swiftly pushed back after Gov. Greg Abbott raised the possibility of tighter firearms laws in response to a gunman killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart. The resistance could test the relationship between gun-rights groups, Abbott and the state's...

Murphy says White House still open to background checks bill

Aug. 23, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The White House has told U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy that President Donald Trump remains committed to working on expanded background checks legislation for gun purchases, but the Connecticut Democrat acknowledged Friday he's skeptical whether anything will happen. Murphy said he spoke...

Texas governor expresses concern about private gun sales

Aug. 22, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday raised concern about private firearm sales but didn't commit to crack down on them or act on gun control issues following a meeting on ways to prevent mass shootings such as the El Paso attack that killed 22 people. While lawmakers are...

Arkansas man pleads guilty to mailing powder to senator

Aug. 22, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas man has pleaded guilty to charges alleging he mailed white powder to Sen. Tom Cotton's Washington office along with a letter that stated, "Maybe this will get your attention." Henry Goodloe pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a count of conveying false...

Overstock CEO resigns after 'Deep State' comments roil stock

Aug. 22, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The CEO of Overstock.com has resigned, saying he'd become "far too controversial" to helm the e-commerce company known for selling discounted sofas and jewelry. Patrick Byrne's resignation Thursday came after the company issued a bizarre statement last week in which the former CEO...

Wisconsin governor calls GOP concerns over gun bills 'BS'

Aug. 22, 2019 12:24 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The argument from Republicans and gun-rights advocates that universal background checks and "red flag" laws will lead to the repeal of the Second Amendment right to bear arms is "frankly BS," Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday. Evers called Republican arguments against the bills...

Florida Democrats seek state legislative session on guns

Aug. 21, 2019 5:40 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A call by Florida Democrats to convene a special session on guns got little traction among Republicans, even as Parkland shooting survivors on Wednesday renewed their pleas for more measures to combat gun violence. March For Our Lives, a group for formed by survivors of last year's...

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

Aug. 21, 2019 2:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls "loopholes" doesn't clear the way for more gun control. Speaking to reporters as he departed the White House for Kentucky, the...