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FILE - A man carries his weapon during a second amendment gun rally at Utah State Capitol on Feb. 8, 2020, in Salt Lake City. Utah is one of several more states weighing proposals this year that would allow people to carry concealed guns without having to get a permit, a trend supporters say bolsters Second Amendment rights but is alarming to gun-control advocates. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

States eye allowing concealed carry of guns without a permit

Jan. 24, 2021 11:21 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Republican lawmakers in several more states want to loosen gun restrictions by allowing people to carry concealed firearms without having to get a permit, continuing a trend that gun control advocates call dangerous. Fifteen states already allow concealed carry without a permit, and...

Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., speaks during a news conference with members of the conservative Freedom Caucus, on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

GOP lawmaker with gun sets off House chamber metal detector

Jan. 22, 2021 4:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police are investigating an incident in which a Republican lawmaker was blocked from entering the House chamber after setting off a metal detector while apparently carrying a concealed gun. Rep. Andy Harris, R-Md., set off the metal detector while trying to enter the chamber...

Iowa House member criticized for election fraud, gun posts

Jan. 22, 2021 4:05 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The top Democrat in the Iowa House on Friday asked that a Republican legislator be removed from committee assignments because of his claims about election fraud and what some saw as threatening language about guns. House Democratic Leader Todd Prichard asked House Speaker Pat...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2015, file photo, protesters fill the Capitol rotunda in Helena, Mont., during a rally to show support in an attempt to change the Montana Constitution to define life as beginning at conception. Republican lawmakers in Montana are pushing a series of bills that would limit abortion access and remove gun restrictions, hoping to capitalize on GOP control following the November election. Montana has a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years, opening the door to pass into law bills previously vetoed by Democratic governors. (Thom Bridge/Independent Record via AP, File)

Montana GOP revives vetoed bills, focusing on abortion, guns

Jan. 21, 2021 1:21 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Montana are pushing a series of bills that would limit abortion access and remove gun restrictions, hoping to capitalize on GOP control following the November election. Montana has a Republican governor for the first time in 16 years, opening the door to pass...

Bill would ban guns in government buildings, hospitals

Jan. 21, 2021 9:33 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A state Senate committee is considering a bill that would ban the possession of guns in government buildings, hospitals and child care centers, following the siege of the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. The Senate Judiciary Committee heard nearly three hours of testimony Wednesday,...

Boogaloo Bois stand on the sidewalk on 9th Street in support of lobby day on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Richmond, Va.  The day is a chance for citizens to use a day off work to meet with their legislators. (AP Photo/John C. Clark)

Senate gathers on 'Lobby Day' under heightened security

Jan. 18, 2021 7:05 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state lawmakers met under heightened security Monday amid concerns about possible civil unrest in state capitals in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Several gun-rights advocates came to Richmond on Monday, some of them heavily armed. The Martin...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Jan. 18, 2021 9:00 AM EST

Detroit News. January 14, 2021. Editorial: Charges against Snyder risk criminalizing public service Attorney General Dana Nessel’s decision to charge former Gov. Rick Snyder and members of his administration in the Flint water crisis sets a dangerous precedent that could, depending on the outcome, make...

Richmond authorities reminding people of gun bans at events

Jan. 17, 2021 4:09 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia’s capital city are reminding people to leave their guns at home if they plan to protest outside the statehouse. Richmond police say signs are being posted in advance of events surrounding Lobby Day 2021 reminding people that firearms are prohibited at...

GOP lawmaker pushes bill to prevent renaming of Indianapolis

Jan. 15, 2021 3:14 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has proposed a measure that would ban the changing of any Indiana city names in the wake of Native American protests that forced the renaming of professional sports teams. No efforts have emerged seeking to change the name of Indiana or Indianapolis along the lines...

TSA officers wear protective masks at a security screening area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Monday, May 18, 2020, in SeaTac, Wash. Airlines say they are stepping up security on flights to Washington before next week’s inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Delta, United and Alaska airlines said Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 they will bar passengers flying to Washington from putting guns in checked bags. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Most major US airlines ban guns in luggage for DC flights

Jan. 14, 2021 9:50 PM EST

Airlines and airports say they are stepping up security before next week's presidential inauguration, with Delta and other major airlines saying they will prohibit passengers flying to the Washington area from putting guns in checked bags. The moves follow the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of...