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Rhode Island to divest from private prisons, gun makers

Jan. 22, 2020 4:16 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island public pension fund will stop investing in companies that either operate private for-profit prisons or make assault-style weapons that are sold to civilians, General Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced Wednesday. “We don't want to be associated with businesses...

1 suspect killed, 1 wounded in Florida police shooting

Jan. 22, 2020 3:44 PM EST

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida police officers opened fire on three armed robbery suspects in a late-night confrontation, killing one and wounding another, authorities said early Wednesday. Officers had set up an undercover operation after someone attempted to buy a mobile phone through a social media...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, people walk through the hall outside of the SHOT Show gun show in Las Vegas. The gun industry is gathering for its annual conference, in January 2020, amid a host of uncertainty: slumping gun sales, a public increasingly agitating for restrictions on access to firearms and a presidential campaign that threatens gun rights like perhaps no other time in modern American history. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Gun industry gathers amid slumping sales, rising tensions

Jan. 19, 2020 12:44 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gun companies are gathering for their annual conference and trade show this week in Las Vegas at a pivotal moment for the industry amid slumping sales, a public increasingly agitating for restrictions on access to firearms and escalating tensions over gun control efforts. The event, held...

This photo provided by the U.S. Department of Justice shows AR-15 lower receivers, which federal agents have seized, including these unfinished ones taken in 2014 in California, for firearms investigations nationwide. For decades, the federal government has treated the mechanism called the lower receiver as the essential piece of the semiautomatic rifle, which has been used in some of the nation's deadliest mass shootings. But some defense attorneys have recently argued that the part alone does not meet the definition in the law. (U.S. Department of Justice via AP)

Design of AR-15 could derail charges tied to popular rifle

Jan. 13, 2020 4:05 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — A subtle design feature of the AR-15 rifle has raised a technical legal question that is derailing cases against people who are charged with illegally buying and selling the gun's parts or building the weapon. At issue is whether a key piece of one of America's most popular firearms meets the...

State police provide guidance for sale of 'ghost gun' frames

Jan. 9, 2020 5:04 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania State Police on Thursday provided guidance to gun dealers about how to perform background checks for selling partially manufactured gun frames that can be readily converted into working firearms. The police agency told dealers they must call the background check system...

Kansas City files lawsuit over weapons trafficking

Jan. 8, 2020 1:30 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City and a national gun safety advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that several businesses and individuals trafficked firearms in the region while willfully ignoring evidence that the guns were being sold illegally. The city was joined in the lawsuit by Everytown...

Sandy Hook lawsuit against gun-maker set for trial in 2021

Dec. 11, 2019 5:41 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge said Wednesday a lawsuit by families of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims against Remington Arms will go to trial in September of 2021. A survivor and relatives of nine victims of the 2012 massacre filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Remington in...

FILE - This Nov. 14, 2019 file photo shows students being escorted out of Saugus High School after a shooting on the campus in Santa Clarita, Calif. Authorities say the teenager who shot five classmates, killing two, at a Southern California high school used an unregistered

Correction: California High School Shooting story

Dec. 6, 2019 1:05 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Nov. 21 about the unregistered gun used in a shooting at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California, The Associated Press did not include the first name of one of the two victims killed. She was Gracie Anne Muehlberger. A corrected version of the story is below: Teen used...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2019, file photo, a man looks at the shotgun section of Cabela's while shopping on Black Friday in Hazelwood, Mo. The number of background checks conducted by federal authorities is on pace to break a record by the end of this year. (Christian Gooden/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Gun background checks are on pace to break record in 2019

Dec. 3, 2019 5:03 PM EST

Background checks on gun purchases in the U.S. are climbing toward a record high this year, reflecting what the industry says is a rush by people to buy weapons in reaction to the Democratic presidential candidates' calls for tighter restrictions. By the end of November, more than 25.4 million background checks...

State of Sandy Hook shooting takes steps to divest from guns

Dec. 3, 2019 1:43 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s treasurer, who oversees $37 billion in public pension funds, announced plans Tuesday to reallocate $30 million worth of shares in civilian firearm manufacturer securities while banning similar future investments and creating incentives for banks and financial...