Latest Gun politics News

California to require background checks for ammo purchases

Jun. 26, 2019 1:10 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has among the most stringent gun laws in the country and on Monday a far-reaching new initiative to curb violence will require background checks for every ammunition purchase. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other proponents said it will save lives but opponents are suing in...

Patriot movement targets vote access, campaign finance laws

Jun. 26, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to repeal recent New Mexico laws by referendum are targeting same-day voter registration and new campaign finance regulations for the first time. The Secretary of State's Office said Tuesday it received the petition applications from the Bernalillo County Patriot Group and was...

California to require background checks for ammo purchases

Jun. 25, 2019 9:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has among the most stringent gun laws in the country and on Monday a far-reaching new initiative to curb violence will require background checks for every ammunition purchase. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other proponents said it will save lives but opponents are suing in...

Portraits of gunshot victims celebrate young lives lost

Jun. 25, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — When Terrez McCleary looks at the colorful, flower-filled portrait of her 21-year-old daughter, Tamara Johnson, it's as if she's seeing her baby frozen in time. A joyous smile stretched across Tamara's face, she lovingly holds her 2-year-old daughter, and leans toward her fiance. "I...

Florida woman charged after giving husband's guns to police

Jun. 24, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman's effort to protect herself from domestic violence has become a flashpoint in the debate over gun rights and victims' safety. Courtney Irby gave her estranged husband's guns to police after he was charged with domestic violence-aggravated battery, only to find herself...

Richmond mayor wants to ban guns from city-owned buildings

Jun. 24, 2019 5:15 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Richmond's mayor called Monday for a ban on guns in city-owned buildings, parks and community facilities, after a 9-year-old girl was fatally shot last month in a city park. Mayor Levar Stoney said he's proposing the local ordinance now so the city will be prepared if state lawmakers...

Certification of New Mexico deputy in stun gun flap debated

Jun. 22, 2019 11:41 AM EDT

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico sheriff's office is disputing a claim that a deputy under fire for using a stun gun on a teen doesn't have an active law enforcement certification. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the Rio Arriba County Sheriff's Office said this week Deputy Jeremy Barnes had a...

Gun safety group plans to revise background check petition

Jun. 22, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A gun safety group that wants to change Ohio law to require background checks on virtually all guns sales failed to clear one of the first hurdles in that process but says it will try again. The proposal from Ohioans for Gun Safety would close a loophole allowing sales without...

The Latest: Democratic candidates make rapid-fire appeals

Jun. 21, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Latest on Democratic presidential candidates in South Carolina (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Nearly all of the Democrats running for president in 2020 have made rapid-fire appeals to hundreds of cheering, sweating supporters at the "world famous" fish fry hosted by South Carolina...

Gun silencers would be barred under new federal legislation

Jun. 21, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Gun silencers like the one used in a recent lethal shooting in Virginia Beach would be banned under legislation that U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey introduced Friday. The Democrat unveiled the legislation at news conference in Trenton alongside Democratic Trenton Mayor Reed...