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  • Arkansas bill signed expanding where concealed guns allowed

    March 22, 2017 11:51 AM

    LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas' governor says he has signed legislation expanding the locations where concealed handguns are allowed in the state to include colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday he signed the measure, which allows someone to carry concealed guns... more »
  • South Carolina bill tackles Dylann Roof gun loophole

    March 8, 2017 12:52 PM

    COLUMBIA - A South Carolina state senator says a bipartisan bill lengthening the time for background checks and strengthening reporting requirements for criminal charges and restraining orders might not have stopped Dylann Roof, but it would stop others. Democratic Sen. Marlon Kimpson said Tuesday it would get guns out of... more »
  • Senate votes to block rule on guns and mentally impaired

    February 15, 2017 11:36 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Republican-led Senate has voted to block an Obama-era regulation that would prevent an estimated 75,000 people with mental disorders from being able to purchase a firearm. The 57 to 43 vote to revoke the regulation now sends the measure to President Donald Trump, who is expected to... more »
  • House scraps Obama background check regulation

    February 2, 2017 4:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - The House has voted to scrap an Obama administration regulation extending background checks for disabled Social Security recipients mentally incapable of managing their own affairs. The vote to repeal the regulation is 235-180. The vote is part of an effort to repeal a handful of regulations issued in... more »
  • A look at how Texas' guns on campus law will work

    July 31, 2016 3:32 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - Texas will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons into public university buildings, classrooms and dorms starting Monday, which is also the 50th anniversary of the mass shooting at the University of Texas' landmark clock tower. The campus-carry law pushed by Gov. Greg Abbott and... more »
  • AP Poll: Support grows among Americans for stricter gun laws

    July 23, 2016 9:31 PM

    A new Associated Press-GfK poll shows Americans increasingly favor making gun laws tougher by margins that have grown wider after a steady drumbeat of shootings in recent months. But it also shows pessimism that change will happen anytime soon. Nearly two-thirds of respondents expressed support for stricter laws, with majorities... more »
  • Ryan: House to vote on barring guns for suspected terrorists

    June 30, 2016 3:08 PM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan has told Republican lawmakers that the House will vote next week on legislation aimed at keeping suspected terrorists from getting guns. The Wisconsin Republican says the prohibition would be part of anti-terrorism legislation. Ryan discussed his decision during a conference call with GOP lawmakers.... more »
  • Top GOP senator dismisses compromise on guns

    June 20, 2016 3:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - A top Republican is rejecting a potential compromise on gun control negotiated by moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine. Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said Monday that Collins' proposal is problematic because it would immediately prohibit the sale of guns... more »
  • National Rifle Association: More gun control not the answer

    June 19, 2016 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is reaffirming its position that more gun control won't stop extremists or criminals from carrying out attacks. Chief lobbyist Chris Cox says the Florida nightclub massacre - the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history - doesn't change the NRA's opposition to tighter gun... more »
  • AR-15 owners explain why they have their guns

    June 15, 2016 5:33 PM

    The Orlando nightclub shooter's use of a legally purchased AR-15-type rifle, which President Barack Obama likened to "weapons of war," has rekindled the debate about the sale and use of a civilian gun model often associated with the military. Shooter Omar Mateen had two guns on him Sunday when... more »
  • Florida Democrats call for emergency gun bill

    June 15, 2016 12:05 PM

    ORLANDO - Democratic state lawmakers want to pass emergency legislation requiring a ban on gun purchases by people on watch lists. The Florida lawmakers called on Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday to hold a special session on the legislation in the wake of the massacre of 49 people at an... more »
  • Bill for temporary concealed carry permits sent to governor

    June 1, 2016 6:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - There's a 4 month backlog for a concealed carry permit in Louisiana, but with the governor's approval, domestic violence victims may only have to wait 72 hours. The state Senate voted 31-2 Monday to give final legislative passage to a proposal from Rep. Valarie Hodges, a Denham... more »
  • Hundreds march across New York bridge for stricter gun laws

    May 7, 2016 9:24 PM

    NEW YORK - Hundreds of people have marched across a New York City bridge to demand stricter gun laws. Saturday's fourth annual march across the Brooklyn Bridge was organized by the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The march started at Cadman Plaza in Brooklyn and went... more »
  • Lawmakers seek to stop gun purchases by domestic abusers Play Video

    April 4, 2016 8:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A bill aimed at ending gun sales to people convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse was moved forward by the Louisiana legsilature Monday. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Helena Moreno (D-New Orleans) said she hopes to close a loophole in a 2014 law. City courts oversee misdemeanor cases... more »
  • Texas private colleges are saying no to guns on campus

    February 21, 2016 3:02 PM

    AUSTIN, Texas - When the Texas Legislature passed a law requiring public universities to allow concealed guns on campus, it gave private colleges the chance to follow suit. None has so far. The opposition announced by more than 20 private schools has not surprised top Texas Republicans who championed the... more »
  • Legislatures consider special protections for gun industry

    February 8, 2016 6:21 PM

    TOPEKA, Kan. - A gun-dealers trade group is pushing legislation in several conservative states to restrict what it says is discrimination by financial institutions. The National Shooting Sports Foundation initiated legislation in Kansas, Georgia, Alabama and Missouri over the last year after hearing from gun businesses that allege they've... more »
  • Ryan calls for unity, less anger from his fractious GOP

    February 3, 2016 11:40 AM

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says Republicans need to stop fighting angrily among themselves and not be distracted by guns or other "hot-button" issues that President Barack Obama raises. The Wisconsin Republican said Wednesday that instead, the GOP needs to unite behind a conservative, pro-growth agenda they can display... more »
  • Clinton takes on Sanders over guns, to appear with Giffords

    January 30, 2016 2:50 PM

    DAVENPORT - As the Iowa caucuses draw near, Democrat Hillary Clinton is highlighting rival Bernie Sanders' votes against tougher gun restrictions. Her presidential campaign says Clinton will appear Saturday in Ames, Iowa, with Gabby Giffords, the former Democratic congresswoman from Arizona. Giffords was gravely wounded in a shooting five years... more »
  • Obama mocks 'conspiracy' at gun forum

    January 8, 2016 12:35 PM

    FAIRFAX - President Barack Obama mocked conspiracy theorists and tore into the National Rifle Association for pushing "imaginary fiction," as he described his plans to tighten gun control rules as modest first steps toward tackling gun violence in America. In a prime-time, televised town hall meeting Thursday, Obama fielded tough... more »
  • Amy Schumer, other Hollywood stars tweet on Obama gun plan

    January 5, 2016 4:53 PM

    WASHINGTON - A slice of Hollywood is tweeting support for President Barack Obama's executive actions on guns. Celebrities Julianne Moore, Kerry Washington, Amy Schumer, Janelle Monae and Elizabeth Banks went on Twitter to applaud Obama's announcement. And Obama's aides happily retweeted their expressions of support. Schumer tweeted: "Let's go. We... more »
  • Gun sellers, buyers in Louisiana react to Obama executive order Play Video

    January 5, 2016 4:40 PM

    WASHINGTON D.C. - President Barack Obama tightened America's gun laws today during a lengthy and emotional address. The President wiped tears from his eyes as he referred back to recent mass shootings. He referenced the dozens of children who were killed in Newtown, Connecticut and also talked about innocent... more »
  • Emotional Obama presents plan to increase background checks on gun sales

    January 5, 2016 12:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is making good on his pledge to politicize gun violence. Obama's do-it-himself plan for keeping guns away from those who shouldn't have them falls far short of what he'd hoped to accomplish through legislation after a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School shook the... more »
  • Obama moves to require background checks for more gun sales

    January 4, 2016 5:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is moving ahead on plans to require background checks for guns purchased from dealers even if they're bought online or at gun shows. The White House is coming out with a series of long-awaited executive steps aimed at curbing gun violence despite opposition in Congress... more »
  • Ryan: Obama is 'subverting' Congress

    January 4, 2016 2:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - Even before President Barack Obama's meeting this afternoon with his attorney general and others, Republicans are voicing opposition to the executive actions Obama is expected to announce to tighten the nation's gun laws. House Speaker Paul Ryan says at the very least, Obama is "subverting the legislative branch"... more »
  • Obama starts 2016 with a fight over gun control

    January 4, 2016 11:43 AM

    WASHINGTON - Even before President Barack Obama's meeting this afternoon with his attorney general and others, Republicans are voicing opposition to the executive actions Obama is expected to announce to tighten the nation's gun laws. House Speaker Paul Ryan says at the very least, Obama is "subverting the legislative branch"... more »
  • Obama considers executive action on gun control

    January 1, 2016 11:08 AM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama says he can't "sit around and do nothing." So one of his early actions in the new year will be to meet Monday with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss how to make it harder for "a dangerous few" to get their hands on guns.... more »
  • Source: Obama to act next week on gun background checks

    December 31, 2015 3:08 PM

    HONOLULU - President Barack Obama is expected to take executive action next week to expand background checks on gun sales, according to an individual whose gun control advocacy group has been briefed by administration officials about the timing. The person was not authorized to discuss details before the announcement and... more »
  • New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

    December 30, 2015 12:29 PM

    TRENTON- Laws taking effect in the new year illustrate how states are diverging on some hot-button issues. Texas will allow licensed owners to carry handguns openly in public places, while California will allow people to ask a judge to have weapons taken away from relatives who are believed to pose... more »
  • Christie-backed changes in gun rules get mixed reaction

    December 25, 2015 11:24 AM

    TRENTON, N.J. - Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie is fighting his image as weak on gun rights as he works to build support in New Hampshire, a key primary state. This week, the New Jersey governor endorsed the recommendations of a commission he established to examine his state's strict permitting... more »
  • States expanded gun rights after Sandy Hook school massacre

    December 13, 2015 2:40 PM

    IOWA CITY - The 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26 children and teachers served as a rallying cry for gun-control advocates across the nation. But in the three years since, many states have moved in the opposite direction, embracing the National Rifle Association's axiom that more... more »
  • Gun sales: White House to seek expanded background checks

    December 10, 2015 12:36 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's advisers are finalizing a proposal that would expand background checks on gun sales without congressional approval. White House adviser Valerie Jarrett says the president has asked his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review "in short order." She says the recommendations... more »
  • New York Times puts gun control editorial on Page 1

    December 5, 2015 3:09 PM

    The New York Times is using space on its front page to call for greater gun regulation in the wake of recent deadly mass shootings. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. says the newspaper is running its first Page 1 editorial since 1920 on Saturday to "deliver a strong and visible statement... more »
  • Gun sales remain constant after mass shooting Play Video

    December 3, 2015 7:37 PM

    PORT ALLEN - One gun store owner said gun sales won't spike unless the federal government tries to enact stricter controls. Scott Roe owns Spillway Sportsman in Port Allen. He and other gun dealers in the capital region say there's been no increase in area gun sales since Wednesday's mass... more »
  • Senate votes down gun curbs in wake of CA attacks

    December 3, 2015 5:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted anew against expanding background checks for more gun purchases, rejecting the proposal a day after the latest U.S. mass shooting left 14 people dead in California. Thursday's 50-47 vote underscored that political gridlock over curbing firearms remains formidable in Washington, amid a rash of... more »
  • Clinton makes new plea for tougher gun laws

    December 3, 2015 4:30 PM

    MANCHESTER - Hillary Clinton is issuing a fresh plea for stricter gun control after yesterday's mass shooting in California. She told a Women's Economic Opportunity Summit in New Hampshire that there's no way to "stop every incident of gun violence" -- but added that "we can stop a lot of... more »
  • US appeals court upholds gun laws after Newtown massacre

    October 19, 2015 11:12 AM

    NEW YORK - A federal appeals court has upheld key provisions of New York and Connecticut laws banning possession of semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday, finding that the core parts of the laws do not violate the Second Amendment. The... more »
  • Bush: New guns laws aren't right reaction to mass shootings

    October 2, 2015 4:59 PM

    GREENVILLE, S.C. - Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush says he's opposed to new federal gun laws as a response to the mass shooting at an Oregon community college. At a forum in South Carolina, Bush said Friday he learned as Florida governor that "stuff happens ... there's always a crisis,... more »
  • After Lafayette shooting, Schumers call for more gun control

    August 3, 2015 11:37 AM

    NEW YORK - Stand-up comedian and actress Amy Schumer is teaming up with New York Sen. Charles Schumer to call for tighter gun control. She joined the senator Monday as he unveiled a three-part plan that would make it harder for violent criminals and the mentally ill to obtain... more »
  • Houser never involuntarily committed or blocked from buying gun

    July 27, 2015 10:15 PM

    ATLANTA - Monday night, it became clear why Lafayette movie theater shooter John Houser was able to buy the gun used to kill two people and wound nine others: he was never involuntarily committed to a mental institution, thus making him eligible to purchase a firearm. Yahoo! posted through... more »
  • La. AG candidate uses Paris killings to raise money

    January 16, 2015 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A candidate for Louisiana attorney general is using claims that less gun control could have prevents recent Paris terror attacks in order to raise money and attention for his campaign. Jeff Landry, a Republican and former state representative, stated on his campaign website that if "liberal... more »
  • Obama to unveil gun violence measures today

    January 16, 2013 5:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun controls. Obama will announce the measures today at a White... more »

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