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McConnell says Congress in 'holding pattern' on gun control

Sep. 17, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Six weeks after a pair of mass shootings killed more than 30 people, Congress remains "in a holding pattern" on gun control as lawmakers await proposals from the White House, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. While President Donald Trump has said he would veto a...

NRA board gathers for meeting at crucial time for gun debate

Sep. 13, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

With the country at a critical juncture in the gun debate, a normally routine meeting of the National Rifle Association has taken on greater significance as its board of directors gathers near the nation's capital this week. President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are weighing stricter gun measures in...

New Zealand plans further restrictions to gun ownership

Sep. 13, 2019 12:47 AM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Six months after a gunman killed 51 people at two Christchurch mosques, New Zealand's government is planning further restrictions to gun ownership. A bill introduced to Parliament on Friday would create a register to track all the guns in the country and require gun owners to...

Vow to ban assault weapons gives O'Rourke debate breakout

Sep. 12, 2019 11:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few moments anyway, there was a sense of what people once called "Beto-mania." Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke delivered a debate performance on Thursday in Houston that at times reminded a national audience why he became a Democratic star last year — even as he lost a...

CEOs speak out on gun violence, want Congressional action

Sep. 12, 2019 6:10 PM EDT

Big companies have been dipping their toes into America's gun debate for a few years. Now, some are diving in. The CEOS of 145 companies — including Airbnb, Uber, DoorDash, Gap and Twitter — sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Thursday seeking expanded background checks and "red flag" laws, which let...

Publix: Only officers should openly carry guns in its stores

Sep. 12, 2019 3:47 PM EDT

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — If you're carrying a gun, the Publix supermarket chain doesn't want to see it. Publix is joining a growing number of retailers in asking customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores, even if state laws allow it. The new policy comes a week after the competing Kroger grocery...

Senators pitch Trump on expanded gun background check bill

Sep. 11, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators pushing to require background checks for private gun sales made a fresh pitch to President Donald Trump on Wednesday as part of an effort to break the gridlock over legislation to curb gun violence following a summer of more mass shootings . GOP Sen. Patrick Toomey of...

Governor: Missouri in 'crisis' with violence in large cities

Sep. 11, 2019 12:04 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri is in a "crisis" with violent crime in its largest cities, Gov. Mike Parson said Tuesday. Parson met with St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page and about a dozen other area leaders to address violence in the city. The officials didn't release a new...

Gun legislation stalls as congressional leaders trade barbs

Sep. 10, 2019 9:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that Democrats are engaging in "theatrics" over gun control legislation, while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi warned that "people are dying" because the Senate leader refuses to act. After a summer of devastating mass shootings, Congress...

O'Rourke calls for mandatory buyback of AK-47, AR-15 rifles

Sep. 5, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) — Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke says a mandatory government buyback program for AK-47 and AR-15 rifles is needed because other gun control measures don't do enough to remove weapons already on the streets. O'Rourke spoke Thursday at Tufts University in his first campaign...