Latest Illegal firearms News

Suspect in 2009 death now being held on federal gun charge

Jul. 17, 2019 3:17 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A man who police say has confessed to killing a Tenino mother a decade ago is now facing a federal firearms charge. The Thurston County Sheriff's Office said Eric Lee Roberts called 911 on July 9 to confess to killing Nancy Moyer, his former neighbor, in 2009, but he then recanted. The...

Man faces felonies after 1,000 guns seized from LA mansion

Jul. 16, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A 58-year-old man has pleaded not guilty to dozens of felonies after a raid at a Los Angeles mansion uncovered more than 1,000 guns. Los Angeles County prosecutors say Girard Saenz was charged Monday with 64 charges including 23 counts of possession of an assault weapon. It's unclear...

Man seeks venue change over court's Confederate statue

Jul. 16, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana man is asking the state's Supreme Court to move his trial away from a courthouse with a Confederate statue at it. Ronnie Anderson's request, filed Monday, says the 30-foot-tall Confederate monument outside the East Feliciana Parish Courthouse is a "symbol of racial...

Trial beginning for man accused in Milwaukee officer's death

Jul. 8, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man accused in the fatal shooting of a Milwaukee police officer is going on trial. Jordan Fricke is accused of killing 35-year-old Officer Matthew Rittner on Feb. 6. The 17-year police veteran was helping to serve a search warrant for suspected illegal guns and drugs at a Milwaukee...

Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down July 4 violence

Jul. 3, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's police department is following a familiar playbook for the July 4 holiday by flooding the street with officers and arresting dozens of people on drugs and weapons charges in the hopes of keeping them locked up during what is typically one of the most violent weekends of the year....

Wisconsin man says he illegally shipped weapons to Australia

Jun. 30, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man has pleaded guilty to illegally shipping guns to an Australian weapons dealer using a crate with a secret compartment to fool customs officials. The Journal Sentinel reports that Andy Huebschmann, of New Holstein, admitted in federal court to sending the Australian dealer...

2 charged in massive international arms smuggling scheme

Jun. 28, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Two people have been charged in Florida with orchestrating a massive arms smuggling scheme involving thousands of weapons and parts sent to South America, federal officials said Friday. Homeland Security Investigations officials said at a news conference that authorities seized 5,300 firearms...

Argentina announces large seizure of weapons

Jun. 27, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentine authorities have seized about 1,000 guns and hundreds of explosives from an international criminal gang, officials said Thursday, calling it the largest seizure of its kind in the country's history. The security ministry said in a statement that the weapons were...

Seeking gun rights back, Iowa farmer gets arrested instead

Jun. 26, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Retired farmer Allan Phillips had been out of legal trouble for 40 years when he asked Iowa's governor to restore the gun rights he lost in 1978. Phillips, 76, wrote in his 2017 application for clemency that it was time for him to get past the consequence of his misdemeanor...

California prosecutor says officer killed with illegal rifle

Jun. 21, 2019 8:16 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California prosecutors filed a murder charge Friday alleging that a Sacramento man was lying in wait when he used one of two illegal assault rifles to kill a rookie police officer this week. The charges filed by the Sacramento County district attorney include special circumstances...