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Political divisions stall proposed gun policies in Pennsylvania, where assassin took aim at Trump

Jul. 19, 2024 12:30 PM EDT

Months before an armed man took aim at Donald Trump at a presidential campaign rally in rural Pennsylvania, some state lawmakers had proposed to outlaw the type of rifle used in the assassination attempt. The legislation stalled without coming to a vote, but that was no surprise....

Massachusetts lawmakers reach compromise deal on gun bill

Jul. 17, 2024 16:49 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts House and Senate negotiators have released a compromise version of a sweeping gun bill that supporters say builds on the state's existing gun laws, including a crackdown on difficult to trace “ghost guns," while safeguarding the rights of gun owners. ...

Minnesota's ban on gun carry permits for young adults is unconstitutional, appeals court rules

Jul. 16, 2024 16:19 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota's law that bans people ages 18 to 20 from getting permits to carry guns in public is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday, affirming a lower court decision that concluded the Second Amendment guarantees the rights of young adults to bear arms for...

Expert calls NRA's spending policies a 'dumpster fire' as gun group's civil trial begins a new phase

Jul. 15, 2024 20:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The second phase of the trial in a civil lawsuit against the National Rifle Association began Monday in Manhattan, with New York Attorney General Letitia James seeking an independent monitor to oversee the powerful gun rights group's finances. In addition, the...

NRA's ex-CFO agreed to 10-year not-for-profit ban, still owes $2M for role in lavish spending scheme

Jul. 09, 2024 16:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Rifle Association’s former finance czar, Wilson “Woody” Phillips, has been banned for a decade from managing money for any nonprofit company in New York, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday. Phillips agreed to the ban in May, three months...

Conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett shows an independence from majority view in recent opinions

Jul. 05, 2024 15:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — During her Senate confirmation hearings, Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett uttered a memorable line to describe her approach to cases: “It’s not the law of Amy.” Barrett cemented the Court’s conservative supermajority four years ago and has since...

Supreme Court sidesteps several new gun cases, including challenge to state assault weapons ban

Jul. 02, 2024 15:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court sidestepped a new set of Second Amendment fights Tuesday, declining to hear a challenge to an assault weapons ban in Illinois and sending other gun cases back to lower courts, including a challenge to the law used to convict Hunter Biden. The...

How to keep guns off Bourbon Street? Designate a police station as a school

Jul. 01, 2024 19:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A police station in New Orleans' French Quarter will be designated a vocational technical school in a move that will instantly outlaw gun possession in the surrounding area — including a stretch of bar-lined Bourbon Street — as a new Louisiana law eliminating the need for...

Should gun store sales get special credit card tracking? States split on mandating or prohibiting it

Jun. 30, 2024 00:39 AM EDT

Beginning Monday, a California law will require credit card networks like Visa and Mastercard to provide banks with special retail codes that can be assigned to gun stores in order to track their sales. But new laws will do the exact opposite in Georgia, Iowa, Tennessee and Wyoming...

US surgeon general declares gun violence a public health crisis

Jun. 26, 2024 15:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. surgeon general on Tuesday declared gun violence a public health crisis, driven by the fast-growing number of injuries and deaths involving firearms in the country. The advisory issued by Dr. Vivek Murthy, the nation's top doctor, came as the U.S....