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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...

Teacher shortages, assaults on police addressed in new laws

Jul. 12, 2019 5:07 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has signed legislation that helps public schools rehire retired teachers in hard-to-fill classrooms and increases prison time for someone who uses a gun to assault a law enforcement officer. Cooper has announced he's enacted another dozen bills with his...

Lincoln panel declines to recommend gun security measures

Jul. 11, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A task force determined it will not recommend that the Lincoln City Council introduce a measure to force gun owners to lock up their guns at home. The 17-member task force spent months collecting data after a group that advocates for an end to gun violence in the state pushed for an...

State to better track guns used in crimes as violence soars

Jul. 11, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania attorney general's office launched an effort Thursday to improve the use of firearms databases, so law enforcement can better track guns used in crimes and, ultimately, clamp down on gun violence. The move comes amid a surge in such violence in Philadelphia. The...

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...

Virginia is now election battleground in fight over gun laws

Jul. 10, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Deep-pocketed interest groups and activists on both sides of the long-running fight over gun laws are gearing up for a major clash in Virginia, now a key election battleground in the issue after Republicans on Tuesday adjourned a special legislative session called by the governor to...