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Stevens and ex-colleagues took different paths in retirement

Jul. 22, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens never really put down his pen. Without opinions and dissents to write following his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2010, Stevens chose instead to write books from his home in Florida, reflecting on his life but also the Constitution....

Proposed New Zealand law says owning guns is not a right

Jul. 22, 2019 3:42 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand's government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership in a law proposed Monday that emphasizes owning guns is a privilege and not a right. The new law would ban the sale of guns to overseas visitors, create a register to track all guns in the country, and...

Advocacy group sues over Illinois gun dealer oversight law

Jul. 17, 2019 3:11 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Illinois State Rifle Association has filed a lawsuit alleging a new law that expands state oversight of firearm dealers places "onerous restrictions" that could drive many out of business, officials with the advocacy group announced Wednesday. Under the law, which Democratic Gov. J.B....

Lawmaker: Expand compensation from nuclear weapons testing

Jul. 16, 2019 1:41 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A compensation program for those exposed to radiation from years of nuclear weapons testing and uranium mining would be expanded under legislation that seeks to address fallout across the western United States, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan rolled...

Florida scheme to smuggle weapons to Argentina busted

Jul. 13, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Another person has been charged in Florida with taking part in a massive weapons smuggling operation to Argentina and elsewhere in South America. Federal court records filed in Miami show that 47-year-old Cristian German Barrera of Palm Beach County is charged with violating arms export laws...

New Zealand gun owners turn over their weapons for money

Jul. 13, 2019 3:22 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Dozens of Christchurch gun owners on Saturday handed over their weapons in exchange for money, in the first of more than 250 planned buyback events around New Zealand after the government outlawed many types of semi-automatics. Police said they paid more than 430,000 New...

Washington AG opens inquiry into NRA's financial affairs

Jul. 12, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general for Washington D.C. has issued subpoenas to the National Rifle Association and its related charitable foundation as part of an investigation into allegations of financial misconduct inside the powerful gun lobbying organization. The subpoenas add to a host of...

Man returns gun California police chief left in bathroom

Jul. 12, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — A man has turned in a gun that a California police chief left behind in a restroom. San Luis Obispo police say 30-year-old Skeeter Carlos Mangan of Los Osos admitted Thursday he took the gun that Chief Deanna Cantrell left in an El Pollo Loco restaurant the day before. Police...

Sweden says it won't sign UN nuclear ban treaty

Jul. 12, 2019 10:14 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden said Friday that it will refrain from signing a United Nations convention on nuclear weapons, with the foreign minister arguing that the treaty "in its current form is not ready." Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the text has "no clear definition of nuclear weapons...

California man sentenced for keeping 15-year-old captive

Jul. 10, 2019 8:56 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — One of two men charged with imprisoning a 15-year-old girl in a metal box at their Northern California marijuana farm was sentenced Wednesday to 31 years in federal prison. The girl, who had run away from home, was sexually abused by both men and required to help prepare the...