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Gun control advocates call for new gun laws at rallies

Aug. 17, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

Gun control advocates rallied around the country on Saturday, seeking to pressure Congress to tighten the nation's gun laws after the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Northern California. Demonstrators in Providence, Rhode Island, where several dozen people gathered. Some held signs that...

Rally calls for gun control in wake of mass shootings

Aug. 17, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Advocates for gun control have demanded reforms at a gathering in Providence. The Rhode Island chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America staged a rally Saturday to honor victims of the latest U.S. mass shootings and call for tougher gun legislation. Several dozen people...

Bullock tries to find middle ground on guns

Aug. 17, 2019 12:09 AM EDT

As a Democratic politician in deep-red Montana, Steve Bullock has long searched for a middle ground on guns. Now a presidential candidate in a party pushing hard for new gun-control laws, he still is. While many of his Democratic opponents go all-in on new proposals for restricting guns, responding to the latest...

Pelosi: Gun action needed to ensure 'domestic tranquility'

Aug. 16, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday that the country's elected officials have a responsibility to "ensure domestic tranquility" and called on the Senate to return to work to vote on the House's bill bolstering background checks for gun purchases. In an interview with The Associated...

Ahead of gun meeting, Virginia AG weighs in on militias

Aug. 16, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring says heavily armed private militias could be in violation of state law if they mimic police functions like crowd control. Herring's advisory opinion comes just days before lawmakers discuss gun laws at a Capitol meeting in what's expected to be a...

Wolf unveils gun violence effort after Philadelphia shooting

Aug. 16, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf directed state police and other agencies under his control Friday to focus greater efforts on addressing gun violence, two days after a gunman shot six Philadelphia police officers. Wolf said set up a new Special Council on Gun Violence and gave it six...

Oakland police cite FBI agent after gun stolen from vehicle

Aug. 16, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Officials say police issued a citation to an FBI agent last month after the agent's gun was stolen from a parked vehicle in Oakland. The East Bay Times reports the Oakland Police Department used a 2016 state law requiring law enforcement officers to put weapons in a lock box when...

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings

Aug. 16, 2019 9:31 AM EDT

HASLET, Texas (AP) — Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway. As one peeked into the foyer, the "bad guy" raised the muzzle...

Lawsuit challenges California's assault weapons ban

Aug. 15, 2019 10:36 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A gun-rights group sued Thursday to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was the latest among gun advocacy and lobbying groups to challenge California's firearms laws, which are among the...

Gun advocates criticize task force for leaving them out

Aug. 15, 2019 9:36 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gun rights advocates in Maryland expressed frustration at being left off of a county task force that is studying ways to reduce gun violence during a meeting Thursday night, as supporters of stronger gun-control measures thanked members for their work. The Anne Arundel County Gun...