Latest Gun violence News

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...

3 dead in Indianapolis as shootings cap weekend of violence

Aug. 02, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three people were killed in two overnight shootings in Indianapolis, capping a weekend of deadly gun violence that included a shooting outside a funeral home that wounded a 4-year-old girl, police said. Officers found two people dead Sunday night...

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...

Deadly shootings are up this year in Spartanburg

Jul. 30, 2021 09:37 AM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — One South Carolina city is brainstorming solutions to curb gun violence as shooting deaths have reached a recent high. Organizers in Spartanburg, South Carolina are putting on a citizen forum Saturday to discuss ideas and then present them to...

Richmond City Council declares racism a public health crisis

Jul. 29, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The city council in the capital of Virginia has declared racism a public health crisis, following similar action taken earlier in the year by state lawmakers. The Richmond City Council unanimously passed the declaration on Monday, the first...

Police camera videos of teen's fatal shooting aired in court

Jul. 29, 2021 00:52 AM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — Portions of Honolulu police body camera videos were shown in court Wednesday during a hearing to determine whether there is probable cause to support murder and attempted murder charges against three officers in the shooting death of a 16-year-old Micronesian boy. ...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Jul. 28, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

Newsday. July 24, 2021. Editorial: Planning for a pandemic The early days of the COVID-19 epidemic on Long Island were marked by chaos and confusion in search of a wider plan. Nurses and volunteer EMTs scrounged for sufficient masks and gowns. The...

Police: Indianapolis FedEx shooter not racially motivated

Jul. 28, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The former employee who shot and killed eight people at an Indianapolis FedEx warehouse in April acted alone and was not racially or ethnically motivated, authorities said Wednesday. Brandon Scott Hole, 19, used the April 15 attack as an act of...

Gun maker offers $33M to settle suit by Sandy Hook families

Jul. 28, 2021 10:43 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The maker of the rifle used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting has offered some of the victims' families nearly $33 million to settle their lawsuit over how the company marketed the firearm to the public. Lawyers for now-bankrupt...

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...