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Illinois law requires background checks for all gun sales

Aug. 02, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a plan Monday requiring background checks for all gun sales in the state by 2024. The measure also provides funding for mental health programs in communities most impacted by gun violence and creates a stolen gun...

Ammunition shelves bare as U.S. gun sales continue to soar

Jul. 31, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with record sales of firearms, has fueled a shortage of ammunition in the United States that’s impacting law enforcement agencies, people seeking personal protection, recreational shooters and hunters -- and could deny new gun owners the...

Man charged with killing officer on reservation in Minnesota

Jul. 28, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

RED LAKE, Minn. (AP) — A man was charged Wednesday in the killing of a Red Lake Nation police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a call to a residence on the tribe’s reservation in northwestern Minnesota. David Donnell Jr., 28, of Redby, was charged in...

Court overturns order in gun permit fingerprinting case

Jul. 28, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court order issued last year that required Connecticut to resume fingerprinting for gun permit applicants despite the state's suspension of those services because of the coronavirus pandemic. ...

Federal judge denies bid to block 'ghost gun' ban in Nevada

Jul. 27, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge won't block a Nevada law banning the manufacture and possession of so-called ghost guns that don’t have serial numbers, saying she doubts a lawsuit from gun rights advocates can succeed. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du in Reno issued a...

Connecticut looks to use Medicaid funds to address gun crime

Jul. 27, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

The state of Connecticut is embarking on a plan to dedicate Medicaid funds to help address the problem of gun violence and other violent crimes. Under new legislation, financially challenged community-based violence prevention services will eventually be able to receive...

Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state

Jul. 26, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd's murder last year, as nearly a dozen laws took effect Sunday. But two months after Gov. Jay...

Man accused of planning sorority killings denied release

Jul. 24, 2021 15:00 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A judge has ordered a man accused of planning to kill sorority members at an Ohio university to remain behind bars. Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman on Friday cited a parole violation and the “serious nature of the charges" as reasons to keep...

WVa treasurer raises nearly $140K in firearms auction

Jul. 23, 2021 16:26 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia state treasurer's office raised nearly $140,000 for law enforcement agencies through its unclaimed property firearms auction, the office announced Friday. This year's event had record inventory — more than 500 firearms lots...

50-year war on drugs imprisoned millions of Black Americans

Jul. 23, 2021 13:35 PM EDT

Landscaping was hardly his lifelong dream. As a teenager, Alton Lucas believed basketball or music would pluck him out of North Carolina and take him around the world. In the late 1980s, he was the right-hand man to his musical best friend, Youtha Anthony Fowler, who many...