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Donald Trump will address the NRA in Texas. He's called himself the best president for gun owners

May. 18, 2024 07:55 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is expected to address thousands of members of the National Rifle Association in Texas a day after campaigning in Minnesota in the midst of his hush money trial. Trump has pledged to continue to defend the Second Amendment and has called...

NRA kicks off annual meeting as board considers successor to longtime leader Wayne LaPierre

May. 17, 2024 01:25 AM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The National Rifle Association is kicking off its annual meeting Friday in downtown Dallas, gathering for the first time in decades without Wayne LaPierre at the helm as board members prepare to elect his replacement. Though beset by financial troubles and following a...

Arrests of US tourists in Turks and Caicos for carrying ammunition prompt plea from three governors

May. 16, 2024 21:33 PM EDT

Five Americans are facing prison sentences of up to 12 years in the Turks and Caicos Islands on charges they illegally carried ammunition during recent trips to the popular, upscale tourist destination about 600 miles (965 km) southeast of Miami. Three of the arrests have prompted...

Over 80,000 Illinois people banned from owning guns still keep them, report shows

May. 16, 2024 06:09 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — In Illinois, 114,000 people are banned from owning guns because of legal tangles or mental health issues — three-quarters of them haven't surrendered their firearms, according to data the Cook County sheriff will present Thursday. Sheriff Tom Dart is...

Who gets to claim self-defense in shootings? Airman’s death sparks debate over race and gun rights

May. 15, 2024 13:49 PM EDT

For the past decade, “Stand Your Ground” laws have been invoked time and time again by gun owners who claim self-defense after carrying out shootings. Critics have denounced them as “shoot first” laws that have created a climate of vigilantism in which gun owners operate with impunity in...

GOP legislative leaders want Democrats to drop Minnesota ERA as part of session-ending deal

May. 14, 2024 17:59 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Republican leaders of the Minnesota Legislature called Tuesday on Democrats to drop a proposed state Equal Rights Amendment, better fund rural ambulance services and make other concessions as part of their price for GOP votes on a public works package and an end to...

Connecticut Democrats unanimously nominate U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy for a third term

May. 11, 2024 15:29 PM EDT

UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Democrats unanimously endorsed U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy for a third term on Saturday, praising his efforts on gun control, immigration reform and foreign policy. Murphy's enthusiastic backing from the party faithful happened quickly at the...

Honolulu agrees to 4-month window to grant or deny gun carrying licenses after lawsuit over delays

May. 10, 2024 21:35 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu has agreed to grant or deny applications to carry guns in public within four months of submission in response to a lawsuit by residents who complained of delays of up to a year, according to a stipulation signed by a federal judge Friday. The March lawsuit...

Semi-automatic gun ban nixed in Colorado’s Democratic-controlled statehouse after historic progress

May. 07, 2024 19:38 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A bill to ban the sale and transfer of semi-automatic firearms was nixed in Colorado’s Democratic-controlled Legislature on Tuesday as lawmakers pressed forward with a slew of other gun control bills on the 25th anniversary year of the Columbine High School massacre. ...

Georgia's attorney general says Savannah overstepped in outlawing guns in unlocked cars

May. 06, 2024 16:18 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Georgia's attorney general says city officials in Savannah overstepped their authority by making it illegal to leave firearms in unlocked cars. Savannah's mayor and city council in April enacted the new city ordinance aimed at making it harder for criminals to...