Latest Weapons laws and regulations News

As killings rise in many cities, St. Louis sees big decline

Jan. 13, 2022 15:18 PM EST

In a year when many U.S. cities saw a substantial increase in killings, St. Louis bucked the trend in 2021 — a dose of good news for a city that for decades has had among the worst homicide rates in the nation. The number of killings in St. Louis dropped 25% to 196 in 2021 compared...

Nearly 60 police chiefs back suit against Missouri gun law

Jan. 12, 2022 09:28 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nearly 60 Missouri police chiefs are supporting a lawsuit that raises concerns about a new state law forbidding local law enforcement from enforcing federal gun laws. The group of chiefs belonging to either the St. Louis Area Police Chiefs Association or the...

Amid tensions, Bosnian Serbs celebrate outlawed holiday

Jan. 09, 2022 08:20 AM EST

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Amid Bosnia’s greatest political crisis since the end of its 1992-95 interethnic war, the country’s Serbs celebrated an outlawed holiday Sunday with a provocative parade showcasing armored vehicles, police helicopters and law enforcement officers with...

Republicans renew push to drop Indiana's handgun permit law

Jan. 07, 2022 14:09 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republicans are making a new push to loosen Indiana’s requirements for carrying a handgun in public despite the opposition of several major law enforcement organizations. The proposal endorsed by an Indiana House committee this week would repeal the state’s...

Court upholds Trump administration's ban of gun bump stocks

Dec. 16, 2021 16:05 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court in New Orleans is the latest to uphold a federal ban on “bump stocks” — devices attached to semiautomatic firearms so that a shooter can fire multiple rounds with a single trigger pull. The ban was instituted in 2019 by the Trump...

Ohio Senate approves ending conceal carry permit requirement

Dec. 15, 2021 16:40 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A concealed weapons permit would become optional and the requirement that individuals “promptly” notify police officers that they are carrying a concealed weapon would be eliminated under legislation approved Wednesday along partisan lines by the GOP-controlled Ohio...

SC city latest to ban openly carrying guns at public events

Dec. 15, 2021 08:59 AM EST

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (AP) — A city outside Charleston has become the latest community to ban people from openly carrying firearms at public events. The Goose Creek City Council on Tuesday approved the ban on public property at permitted events, including parades and protests. ...

California governor wants Texas-like law to ban assault guns

Dec. 12, 2021 08:09 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday pledged to empower private citizens to enforce a ban on the manufacture and sale of assault weapons in the state, citing the same authority claimed by conservative lawmakers in Texas to outlaw most abortions once a heartbeat is...

Zoo wants gun activist who fought its ban to pay legal bills

Dec. 05, 2021 18:26 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — After successfully defending its weapons ban in court, the St. Louis Zoo is now trying to force the gun rights activist who challenged the ban to pay part of its $150,000 in legal bills. The zoo filed a request for its request for legal fees in August,...

Judge blocks law that would allow more guns on campuses

Dec. 01, 2021 17:22 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana lawmakers overstepped their authority in passing legislation that would allow more people to carry guns on public college campuses, a state judge has ruled. District Court Judge Michael McMahon on Tuesday granted the state Board of Regents'...