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Illinois law requires background checks for all gun sales

Aug. 02, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a plan Monday requiring background checks for all gun sales in the state by 2024. The measure also provides funding for mental health programs in communities most impacted by gun violence and creates a stolen gun...

Ammunition shelves bare as U.S. gun sales continue to soar

Jul. 31, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with record sales of firearms, has fueled a shortage of ammunition in the United States that’s impacting law enforcement agencies, people seeking personal protection, recreational shooters and hunters -- and could deny new gun owners the...

Federal judge denies bid to block 'ghost gun' ban in Nevada

Jul. 27, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal judge won't block a Nevada law banning the manufacture and possession of so-called ghost guns that don’t have serial numbers, saying she doubts a lawsuit from gun rights advocates can succeed. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du in Reno issued a...

Analysis: Now what? Louisiana veto session sharpens divides

Jul. 25, 2021 16:07 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — For all the hype, Louisiana's first veto override session under the state's nearly 50-year-old constitution turned out to be a bit of a dud. Republican lawmakers got the votes to hold the unprecedented session and can point to that as a continued...

Settlement reached over 2020 police clash with protesters

Jul. 24, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Civil rights groups in North Carolina have reached a settlement with the city of Charlotte and its police department in a lawsuit filed last year after officers surrounded and gassed demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd. The terms of...

Editorial Roundup: Tennessee

Jul. 21, 2021 13:43 PM EDT

Crossville Chronicle. July 19, 2021. Editorial: Firearms come with responsibility Tennessee’s new permitless firearm carry law took effect July 1. Under this new law, people will be able to carry a handgun without a concealed...

Louisiana lawmakers to hold historic veto override session

Jul. 16, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers will hold a tradition-busting veto session as Republicans push to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards' rejection of bills that would ban transgender girls from school sports and remove restrictions on concealed handguns. ...

2 Iowa counties pass 2nd Amendment sanctuary resolutions

Jul. 14, 2021 14:08 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials have voted to declare two Iowa counties as Second Amendment sanctuaries where any laws hindering gun rights cannot be enforced, joining similar efforts across the country and coming even as Iowa has significantly loosened firearms regulations. ...

Appeals court: Dealers can sell handguns to 18-year-olds

Jul. 13, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A federal law that for more than 50 years has banned licensed firearms dealers from selling handguns to young adults between age 18 and 21 is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. In a 2-1 opinion, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court...

RI gov signs gun safety laws, including school firearms ban

Jul. 12, 2021 15:26 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's governor signed into law Monday two bills focused on gun safety. The bills signed by Democratic Gov. Daniel McKee ban so-called “straw purchases” of firearms and prohibit bringing a gun onto school property. ...