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NRA sues over Illinois ban on semiautomatic weapons

Jan. 25, 2023 14:29 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois' two-week-old ban on semiautomatic weapons outlaws “ubiquitous” firearms in “radical” defiance of the Constitution's Second Amendment, a federal lawsuit filed by the National Rifle Association Tuesday claims. The powerful NRA joined a...

Uvalde families press urgency after California shootings

Jan. 24, 2023 20:16 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Families from Uvalde on Tuesday pleaded with new urgency for tougher gun laws in the wake of a series of mass shootings in California, including the nation's deadliest act of gun violence since last year's attack at a Texas elementary school. “People are...

Virginia Senate panel OKs gun bills after campus shootings

Jan. 23, 2023 18:52 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Democrat-led Virginia Senate panel voted Monday to advance a range of gun control bills, including legislation meant to address recent campus shootings at the University of Virginia and a Newport News elementary school. In an hours-long hearing, the Senate...

Violence looms over New Mexico Legislature as work begins

Jan. 17, 2023 21:49 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called for new gun control laws and greater accountability for firearm manufacturers while denouncing recent drive-by shootings of the homes of Democratic lawmakers in Albuquerque in her State of the State address Tuesday at the start of the...

Colorado Gov. Polis lays out housing solutions amid crisis

Jan. 17, 2023 20:57 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. Jared Polis laid out a vision Tuesday to tackle the state's sky-high housing prices that includes proposals to roll back burdensome building regulations and zoning rules, open public land to affordable housing development, and support innovation such as pre-built...

Fight over guns center of annual Virginia lobbying day

Jan. 16, 2023 19:37 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gun-control and gun-rights proponents rallied Monday at the Virginia Capitol during an annual day of advocacy, as lawmakers from both parties offered a tempered assessment about what's possible on the issue during this year's legislative session. Some...

Feds finalize tighter regulations on gun stabilizing braces

Jan. 13, 2023 18:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is finalizing tighter regulations on guns with accessories known as stabilizing braces, a gun-control action touted by President Joe Biden after the devices were used in mass shootings in recent years. The rule, formalized Friday, was one of...

Housing, mental health: Oregon lawmakers face linked crises

Jan. 13, 2023 17:23 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers will take up a full slate of legislation on pressing and polarizing issues from homelessness to gun control to drugs when the legislative session starts next week after midterm elections that cost Democrats their supermajority but swept in a new, progressive...

Judge halts New Jersey's stricter gun carry law, for now

Jan. 09, 2023 17:34 PM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Suggesting that New Jersey's recent concealed carry law infringes on the public's Second Amendment rights, a federal judge on Monday put a temporary hold on the legislation drafted after the U.S. Supreme Court expanded gun rights last year. A legal challenge...

Oregon judge extends ban on new gun law's background checks

Jan. 03, 2023 18:13 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon judge on Tuesday declined to lift his order that temporarily freezes part of a new, voter-approved gun safety measure requiring a completed criminal background check before a gun can be sold or transferred. Harney County Judge Robert S. Raschio...