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FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday, March 30, that he is abandoning the effort. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears

Apr. 1, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans worried about their safety during the coronavirus crisis. According to figures from the FBI, 3.7 million background checks were done in March — the most for a single month...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Apr. 1, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

Recent editorials from North Carolina newspapers: March 31 The Fayetteville Observer on how families can stay entertained while following social distancing guidelines: These days, you will not hear the satisfied squeals of children as they clamor up various jungle gyms at the county’s playgrounds....

Judge: Man linked to white supremacist group to stay in jail

Mar. 31, 2020 3:16 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man linked by the FBI to a white supremacist group and arrested ahead of a gun rights rally in Virginia must remain in federal custody while he awaits trial, a judge ruled Tuesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Deborah Boardman refused to set bond for Brian Mark Lemley Jr., who...

Court: Ohio school workers must have training to carry guns

Mar. 31, 2020 2:16 PM EDT

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Employees must have the same kind of training that police officers receive to carry concealed weapons at an Ohio school district where two students were shot and wounded by a classmate, a state appeals court ruled. The decision Monday by the 12th District Court of Appeals in...

Group protests closing of shooting ranges amid coronavirus

Mar. 31, 2020 1:57 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia gun-rights group is protesting Gov. Ralph Northam's order to shut down the state's indoor shooting ranges as part of a series of business closings aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. Northam's order, issued on March 23, closed dozens of “recreation and...

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday, March 30, that he is abandoning the effort. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)

LA County sheriff abandons effort to close gun stores

Mar. 31, 2020 11:55 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, is abandoning the effort. The sheriff said Monday he's heeding a federal Department of Homeland Security advisory issued on...

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in a line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. The coronavirus pandemic has much of the world contemplating an existential question amid a growing number of stay-at-home orders, with only

Trump administration rules gun shops 'essential' amid virus

Mar. 30, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

The Trump administration has ruled that gun shops are considered “essential” businesses that should remain open as other businesses are closed to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. Gun control groups are balking, calling it a policy that puts profits over public health after intense lobbying by...

33 police recruits in Kentucky graduate basic training

Mar. 30, 2020 3:56 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Recruits from police agencies across Kentucky have graduated from basic training. The 33 graduates of Class 510 completed 20 weeks of training last week at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training facility in Richmond, the agency said in a statement. The program included...

US agency includes gun sellers as 'critical' infrastructure

Mar. 28, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gun rights group is cheering the Trump administration's designation of the firearms industry, including retailers, as part of the nation's critical infrastructure during the coronavirus emergency. The designation by the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is...

North Carolina sheriff sued over halting pistol permits

Mar. 28, 2020 6:12 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gun rights activists filed a lawsuit against a North Carolina sheriff who temporarily halted handgun permits amid a surge of interest during the coronavirus outbreak. The lawsuit against Wake County Sheriff Gerald Baker was filed Friday in federal court by Grass Roots North Carolina,...