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Texas gun rights lobby pushing back on calls for new laws

Aug. 23, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' muscular gun-rights lobby swiftly pushed back after Gov. Greg Abbott raised the possibility of tighter firearms laws in response to a gunman killing 22 people at an El Paso Walmart. The resistance could test the relationship between gun-rights groups, Abbott and the state's...

Texas governor expresses concern about private gun sales

Aug. 22, 2019 7:32 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday raised concern about private firearm sales but didn't commit to crack down on them or act on gun control issues following a meeting on ways to prevent mass shootings such as the El Paso attack that killed 22 people. While lawmakers are...

Walmart to revamp, reopen El Paso store after mass shooting

Aug. 22, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Walmart plans to reopen the El Paso store where 22 people were killed in a shooting earlier this month, the retail giant said Thursday, but the entire interior of the building will first be rebuilt. The renovated store will include an on-site memorial honoring the victims of the...

Editorials from around Pennsylvania

Aug. 21, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania's newspapers: Fireworks confounding Legislature The Altoona Mirror Aug. 18 Pennsylvania lawmakers still are trying to think of ways to undo the Legislature's shortsightedness and narrow-mindedness when they passed a law in October 2017 to...

O'Rourke on historical racist attacks: US as divided as ever

Aug. 20, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke this week visited sites in Tulsa and Oklahoma City that were targeted by violence, and made a point of linking the Tulsa race riots and a recent deadly mass shooting in his Texas hometown. The former congressman stopped Monday in Tulsa's...

Philly standoff points to need for new gun law, Wolf says

Aug. 20, 2019 3:50 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Gov. Tom Wolf is urging the passage of a law requiring Pennsylvania gun owners to report stolen or lost firearms, suggesting Tuesday that it could have prevented the shooter in last week's wounding of six Philadelphia police officers from getting such firepower. A lost or stolen guns...

Governor brings big tech to the table after El Paso attack

Aug. 19, 2019 10:40 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called Monday for the help of big tech platforms in the wake of an El Paso mass shooting that authorities say was carried out by a gunman who posted a racist screed online before killing 22 people at a Walmart. It's unclear what the invited companies, which include...

The Latest: Suspect in El Paso attack on suicide watch

Aug. 19, 2019 10:34 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the aftermath of an Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso that killed 22 people (all times local): 9:30 p.m. The 21-year-old suspect in the Aug. 3 mass shooting in El Paso that killed 22 people has been placed on suicide watch in jail. El Paso County sheriff's spokeswoman Christina...

Capitol Watch: Cuomo wants new law on domestic terrorism

Aug. 17, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York government news, Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to create a new crime of domestic terrorism for mass shootings or other large-scale violent acts motivated by bias. The Democrat says his proposal to lawmakers would cover acts like the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, where...

California leads latest lawsuit over Trump immigration rule

Aug. 16, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California and three other states on Friday filed the latest court challenge to new Trump administration rules blocking green cards for many immigrants who use public assistance including Medicaid, food stamps and housing vouchers. Nearly half of Americans would be considered a...