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FILE - In this April 15, 2020, file photo protesters carry rifles near the steps of the Michigan State Capitol building in Lansing, Mich. A board overseeing Michigan's Capitol has determined it has the legal authority to decide if guns will continue to be allowed in the Lansing building and on its grounds. The Michigan State Capitol Commission on Tuesday, June 30, reviewed a formal legal opinion by Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel that said the board had the power to prohibit firearms at the Capitol. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Board finds it has authority on guns at Michigan Capitol

Jul. 1, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A board overseeing Michigan’s Capitol determined Tuesday that it has the legal authority to decide whether guns will continue to be allowed in the building and on its grounds. The Michigan State Capitol Commission reviewed a formal legal opinion by attorney Gary P. Gordon that...

New gun laws, other Democratic priorities to go into effect

Jun. 30, 2020 1:58 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Marijuana will be decriminalized, local governments will have the ability to take down Confederate monuments, and Virginians will pay more in taxes for gasoline and cigarettes starting Wednesday. July 1 is the start date for most of the new laws passed earlier this year by the General...

FILEā€”In this Friday, July 20, 2012, file photo, investigators examine a vehicle parked outside a back exit at the Century 16 movie theater east of the Aurora Mall in Aurora, Colo. A gunman in a gas mask barged into a crowded Denver-area theater during a midnight showing of the Batman movie, hurled a gas canister and then opened fire in one of the deadliest mass shootings in recent Colorado history. On Monday, June 29, 2020, the Colorado Supreme Court upheld the state's ban on large capacity gun magazines, the law put into effect a year after the mass shooting in Aurora. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Colorado Supreme Court upholds gun magazine limit

Jun. 29, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's ban on large capacity gun magazines, saying limiting magazines to 15 rounds does not violate people's right to defend themselves under the state constitution. The law was passed in 2013, a year after the Aurora theater shooting, in an...

State Sen. Connie Leyva, D-Chino, left, gives a thumbs up as she talks with Sen. Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, at the Capitol, in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, June 25, 2020. The Senate is expected to vote on Thursday, on a state budget plan that has the backing of both Gov. Gavin Newsom and Democratic Legislative leaders. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California Senate OKs plan to close $54 billion deficit

Jun. 26, 2020 12:56 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Senate on Thursday approved a $202.1 billion spending plan that covers the state's $54.3 billion deficit through a combination of temporary tax increases, delayed spending and cuts to colleges, courts and state worker salaries. The vote came hours after Gov. Gavin...

More options where to carry handgun OK'd by N.C. legislature

Jun. 25, 2020 8:41 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — More people in North Carolina could carry their concealed weapons while working and while attending church in a measure given final legislative approval late Thursday. The House and Senate voted for the compromise bill, sending it to Gov. Roy Cooper's desk. The bill would allow people...

Virginia judge rejects effort to block handgun-a-month law

Jun. 25, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge on Thursday rejected a challenge to the state’s one-handgun-a-month law scheduled to go into effect on July 1. Attorney General Mark Herring’s office released a statement announcing the decision by Goochland Circuit Court Judge Timothy K. Sanner, who...

Vermont court hears arguments on large-capacity magazine ban

Jun. 24, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Supreme Court heard arguments whether the state’s ban on large-capacity magazines is unconstitutional. Max Misch faces misdemeanor charges for two 30-round rifle magazines police found in his home last year and is the first person charged with violating the ban on...

Senate committee in New Hampshire passes red-flag bill

Jun. 24, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

A New Hampshire Senate committee passed a bill Wednesday to allow police or relatives to petition a court to temporarily remove guns from people who pose a danger to themselves or others. The bill, which was approved by the House on the opening day of the new legislative session, passed the Judiciary Committee...

Editorial Roundup: Louisiana

Jun. 24, 2020 2:27 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Louisiana newspapers: June 23 ___ The Advocate on Gov. John Bel Edwards extending the current coronavirus restrictions in Louisiana: In his periodic coronavirus updates, Gov. John Bel Edwards has lately assumed a tougher tone. As he has since Louisiana quickly mushroomed into one of the...

Maryland: Gun buyers should expect background check delays

Jun. 24, 2020 12:38 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Gun buyers in Maryland should expect delays for background checks because of a “catastrophic hardware failure” in a state data system, authorities said in an advisory this week. The hardware failure has interrupted the ability of the Maryland State Police's licensing division...