Latest Gun violence News

Utah lawmakers planning new effort on gun control bill

Jun. 20, 2018 7:56 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A group of Utah lawmakers said Wednesday they were working on legislation that would allow police to temporarily confiscate guns from people deemed to be a threat to the public and penalize parents if their child has easy access to their gun and uses it in a crime. The gun control...

Fort Wayne police increase gun raids

Jun. 20, 2018 3:57 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fort Wayne police have conducted more gun raids this year than last year, according to police statistics. Sgt. Gary J. Hensler Jr. told The Journal Gazette that the department's Gang and Violent Crimes Unit has executed 19 raids and seized 68 guns so far this year. He said the unit...

Suit dismissed over faulty gun check before church shooting

Jun. 20, 2018 2:51 PM EDT

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the FBI over a faulty background check that allowed Dylann Roof to buy the gun he used to kill nine people in a racist attack at a South Carolina church. But U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel also blasted the federal government for what he called its "abysmally poor policy...

Chicago teen eligible for parole next April in 2014 killing

Jun. 20, 2018 2:47 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago teenager who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting another 14-year-old girl in a street fight in 2014 that escalated from a Facebook feud over a boy will be eligible for parole in April next year. The teen, who turns 19 next month, struggled to hold back tears as she tried to read a...

N. Idaho man sentenced for 'lie and buy' gun crime

Jun. 20, 2018 10:06 AM EDT

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — A 23-year-old northern Idaho man who lied about buying a gun for his own use but that instead was for someone else has been sentenced to 15 months in prison. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Idaho on Tuesday said Alex James Spooner of Coeur d'Alene received the...

Bills to combat gun violence advance in Pennsylvania House

Jun. 19, 2018 1:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania House committee is advancing legislation to more aggressively take firearms from people who have a domestic violence restraining order against them or who are deemed dangerous by a judge. The House Judiciary Committee passed several firearms-related bills Tuesday....

Report says over 1 billion small arms in world, up from 2007

Jun. 18, 2018 9:09 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — There are over 1 billion firearms in the world today, including 857 million in civilian hands — with American men and women the dominant owners, according to a study released Monday. The Small Arms Survey says 393 million of the civilian-held firearms, 46 percent, are in the...

After gunfire at art event, leaders urge it be held again

Jun. 18, 2018 4:16 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An all-night art festival in New Jersey's capital city where violence broke out over the weekend should continue to be held, top city and state officials said Monday as advocates lamented the shooting but praised the event as a long-time source of pride. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy...

School groups, police, clergy back Kasich gun reform bill

Jun. 18, 2018 3:39 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A coalition seeking to reduce gun violence across Ohio is urging lawmakers to act quickly to enact Republican Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) proposed gun law changes. Groups representing students, teachers, school counselors, police chiefs, pediatricians and Catholic clergy joined a...

Oregon law seizes guns from those who may do harm

Jun. 18, 2018 1:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Jason had but one item on his shopping list when he pulled into the store parking lot, rage seething within him: a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun just like his father's. Jason's life was coming apart. He was 35 and the previous day, his wife of eight months had told him she...