Latest Gun violence News

Gun control legislation passes New Hampshire Senate

May. 23, 2019 4:19 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three bills aimed at preventing gun violence have cleared the state Senate. The Senate on Thursday passed bills imposing a waiting period between the purchase and delivery of a firearm, requiring background checks for commercial gun sales, and enabling school boards to declare gun-free...

Democrats slam McConnell for delay on domestic violence bill

May. 22, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Frustrated Democrats ramped up their rhetoric Wednesday as they pressured the Senate's Republican leader to allow a vote on a bill that helps victims of domestic and sexual violence. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act was the...

Maine weighs taking guns from some individuals

May. 22, 2019 3:52 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine could allow police to take guns from certain individuals under Democratic gun control legislation that was scrutinized in a legislative committee Wednesday. The Legislature's Judiciary Committee initially voted 6-5 Wednesday to support amended legislation, which could face House...

Cedar Rapids killings prompt rally against gun violence

May. 21, 2019 7:33 AM EDT

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of students walked out of their Cedar Rapids high school to call for actions to address gun violence following the recent killings of two teenagers. The protest Monday morning at Washington High School came after two 18-year-olds were shot to death early Saturday as they...

Mother of Trayvon Martin announces run for local office

May. 20, 2019 6:56 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The mother of the unarmed black teen who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Florida in 2012 has formally announced her candidacy to run for local office. Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, spoke to supporters Monday at a small event space tucked away...

Pittsburgh won't enforce gun controls until suits resolved

May. 20, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A county judge ordered Pittsburgh on Friday not to enforce firearms restrictions inspired by the deadly synagogue shooting in the city until lawsuits filed by gun owners are resolved, a decision reached after all parties agreed to the stay. Attorney Eric Tirschwell of gun-control advocacy...

The Latest: New Chicago mayor delivers on reform pledge

May. 20, 2019 4:22 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Lori Lightfoot as Chicago mayor (all times local): 3:05 p.m. Newly installed Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot moved to enact a reform pledge she made during her campaign. Lightfoot signed an executive order Monday afternoon limiting aldermanic prerogative....

Gun control measure expected back after miss this session

May. 20, 2019 11:03 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A multifaceted gun control bill pushed by Oregon Democrats may be dead this session, but advocates and opponents alike are confident it will return. The Statesman Journal reports that Senate Bill 978 was a casualty of the deal that got Senate Republicans to end their four-day walkout and...

Ceremony held for garden dedicated to gun violence victims

May. 18, 2019 5:09 PM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Women who lost children to gun violence were among a crowd that gathered to break ground on a new Connecticut garden that will honor hundreds of victims killed by firearms dating back more than 50 years. The New Haven Register reports nearly 100 people took part in the ceremony...

1 year after Santa Fe shooting, Texas shuns tougher gun laws

May. 17, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A year after a high school mass shooting near Houston that remains one of the deadliest in U.S. history, Texas lawmakers are on the brink of going home without passing any new gun restrictions, or even tougher firearm storage laws that Gov. Greg Abbott backed after the tragedy. A...