Latest Gun politics News

Maine's deadliest shooting spurs additional gun control proposals

Feb. 28, 2024 16:16 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Democrats in the Maine Legislature unveiled sweeping gun violence measures on Wednesday including a 72-hour waiting period for most gun purchases, adding to firearm bills and mental health spending already proposed by the governor after the deadliest shooting in the state...

The Supreme Court appears torn about a Trump-era ban on a gun accessory known as bump stocks

Feb. 28, 2024 15:55 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared torn Wednesday about a challenge to a Trump-era ban on bump stocks, a gun accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly like machine guns and was used in the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. The high court...

How gun accessories called bump stocks ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court

Feb. 28, 2024 13:55 PM EST

When gun accessories known as bump stocks first hit the market more than a decade ago, the U.S. government initially concluded the devices did not violate federal law despite enabling semi-automatic weapons to spray bullets at the rapid-fire rate of a machine gun. That changed after...

Federal judge reverses himself, rules that California’s ban on billy clubs is unconstitutional

Feb. 26, 2024 21:56 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A federal judge struck down a California law banning possession of club-like weapons, reversing his previous ruling from three years ago that upheld the prohibition on billy clubs, batons and similar blunt objects. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez ruled last week...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Feb. 26, 2024 07:19 AM EST

Detroit News. February 24, 2024. Editorial: Whitmer’s instincts right on Education Dept. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer may be tiptoeing around the state constitution in stripping the education department of most of its funding, but we support her objectives in doing so. ...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Feb. 26, 2024 07:15 AM EST

Dallas Morning News. February 23, 2024. Editorial: Ivan Cantu is scheduled to be executed next week, and that’s wrong Texas should not be putting people to death. Death row inmate Ivan Cantu is scheduled to be executed by the state of Texas on...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

Feb. 26, 2024 07:13 AM EST

Toledo Blade. February 21, 2024. Editorial: Confront gun culture The change in political leadership in Michigan has allowed that state to take action to restrict gun ownership to those who can handle them responsibly. Would that Ohio had the same...

Chief enforcer of US gun laws fears Americans may become numb to violence with each mass shooting

Feb. 24, 2024 09:17 AM EST

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says he fears that a drumbeat of mass shootings and other gun violence across the United States could make Americans numb to the bloodshed, fostering apathy to finding solutions rather than...

Former NRA chief Wayne LaPierre misspent gun rights group's money, owes more than $4M, jury finds

Feb. 23, 2024 21:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The longtime head of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, misspent millions of dollars of the organization’s money, using the funds to pay for an extravagant lifestyle that included exotic getaways and trips on private planes and superyachts, a New York jury...

A judge has dismissed Fargo's challenge to North Dakota restrictions on local gun control

Feb. 23, 2024 17:50 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by North Dakota's largest city that challenged a new law banning zoning ordinances related to guns and ammunition. Fargo sued last year, calling the law unconstitutional and a swipe at the city's home rule powers. State...