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Stories with subject: Weapons laws and regulations
  • Missouri Republicans outline new gun proposal 
    Updated: Apr-19-14 11:55 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri Republicans are considering a new approach to prevent federal agents from enforcing laws the state considers to be infringements on gun rights - barring them from future careers in state law enforcement agencies.

  • Abbott: Armed school employees OK under Texas law 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 4:24 pm
  • AUSTIN, Texas - Attorney General Greg Abbott says Texas school districts that authorize employees to carry handguns aren't violating state law.

  • W.Va. AG court filings: dismiss gun law question 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:26 pm
  • CHARLESTON, West Virginia - The attorney general says a court challenge should be dismissed over whether West Virginians can bring guns to city recreational facilities that hold school events.

  • Grossman debates head of Massachusetts gun lobby 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:21 pm
  • BOSTON - Massachusetts Treasurer Steve Grossman faced off against the state's gun lobby director in an informal debate Thursday meant to highlight what the Democratic candidate for governor says is the failure of a party primary opponent - Attorney General Martha Coakley - to embrace tougher gun control.

  • Judge upholds New York's tougher gun law 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:48 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - A trial-level judge has dismissed a challenge to New York's new gun law, rejecting legal claims that the law was pushed through the legislature improperly and that its restrictions violate the Second Amendment.

  • Bloomberg plans $50M gun control network 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 3:46 pm
  • NEW YORK - Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to spend $50 million this year on a new group that will mix campaign contributions with field operations aimed at pulling 1 million gun-control supporters to the polls, he announced Wednesday, adding a new dimension to his long-running fight for tighter firearms regulation.

  • Father joins effort to change handgun age limits 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 12:34 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - A Johnston father of two young daughters is joining with gun-rights advocates in seeking a change to an Iowa law that makes it illegal for children younger than 14 to fire handguns.

  • A year after background check defeat, modest goals 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 10:23 am
  • WASHINGTON - Democratic worries about this November's elections, a lack of Senate votes and House opposition are forcing congressional gun-control supporters to significantly winnow their 2014 agenda, a year after lawmakers scuttled President Barack Obama's effort to pass new curbs on firearms.

  • Martinsburg gun law changes get preliminary OK 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 7:19 am
  • MARTINSBURG, West Virginia - Martinsburg City Council has given preliminary approval to four proposed firearms ordinances designed to bring the city into compliance with a new state law.

  • Senate votes against legislative guns in Capitol 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:25 pm
  • BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Legislators still must leave their guns at the door of the Louisiana Capitol.

  • Rhode Island Senate panel mulls gun-related bills 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:28 pm
  • PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island - A Rhode Island Senate committee took up gun legislation Tuesday, including a bill aimed at preventing people with severe mental illness from buying weapons and a proposal to ban the sale and possession of semi-automatic weapons.

  • Vermont Senate panel mulls police stun gun bill 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 7:44 pm
  • MONTPELIER, Vermont - Some Vermont law enforcement officers told a Senate panel Tuesday that they favor legislation the House passed last month that would require new statewide standards on the use of stun guns by police.

  • Critics: Some Iowa courthouses lack basic security 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 6:06 pm
  • DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa courthouses have a variety of security features, with about half banning guns and fewer providing secure areas for judges and staff to work outside courtrooms, according to critics pushing for upgrades.

  • Override of local bans of guns in parks fails 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 12:28 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A bill seeking to do away with city and county governments' power to ban firearms in parks, playgrounds and ball fields has failed for the year.

  • Castle Rock council approves open carry election 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 10:53 am
  • CASTLE ROCK, Colorado - The Castle Rock Town Council has agreed to let voters decide whether or not to repeal the town's ban on openly carrying firearms in town-owned buildings and parks.

  • Open gun carry bill defeated in Tenn. House panel 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 10:35 pm
  • NASHVILLE, Tennessee - A bill seeking to allow Tennesseans to openly carry firearms in public without permits was overwhelmingly defeated a House subcommittee on Monday night.

  • Students have mixed views on campus gun law 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 2:17 pm
  • IDAHO FALLS, Idaho - Starting July 1, Idaho's public college students can pack more than just homework and pencils to class - those with enhanced concealed-carry permits will be allowed to carry guns.

  • Correction: Boat Race-Guns story 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 11:01 am
  • JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana - In a story April 11 about the Thunder Over Louisville event, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the event is a boat race. Thunder Over Louisville is an air show and fireworks display.

  • Lone candidate in debate backs Connecticut gun law 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 4:45 pm
  • HARTFORD, Connecticut - Senate Minority Leader John McKinney set himself apart Friday from most of his rivals for the Republican nomination for Connecticut governor by defending the wide-ranging gun control bill that was passed last year following the Newtown school massacre, a likely hot topic in this year's gubernatorial election.

  • Mo. House bill bans punishment for using toy guns 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 5:04 am
  • JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - Missouri students could use food, pencils or their hands to imitate a gun without penalty under legislation endorsed by the state House.

  • Officials cancel meeting after gun ban mistake 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 5:04 pm
  • GEORGE, Iowa - Officials in the northwest Iowa community of George cancelled a City Council meeting after a clerk mistakenly placed a proposed gun ban on the agenda.

  • Chicago man who sued against city handgun ban dies 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 5:42 pm
  • CHICAGO - Otis McDonald, the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit that prompted the U.S. Supreme Court decision that forced Chicago to abandon its 28-year ban on handguns, has died at the age of 80, a family spokesman said Sunday.

  • Correction: Gun Rights-Kansas story 
    Updated: Apr-06-14 10:23 am
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - In an April 5 story about gun-rights legislation in Kansas, The Associated Press reported erroneously the last name of the director of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's efforts to defend gun control policies in court and oppose the lessening of existing regulations. The correct name is Jonathan Lowy, not Jonathan Lowry.

  • Kansas lawmakers approve bill barring city, county gun restrictions; NRA sees plan as 'model' 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 5:47 pm
  • TOPEKA, Kansas - Kansas lawmakers approve bill barring city, county gun restrictions; NRA sees plan as 'model'

  • NY gun owners expect few to register under new law 
    Updated: Apr-05-14 1:23 pm
  • ALBANY, New York - Many New York gun owners expect the April 15 deadline to register assault weapons under the state's strict new law to be largely ignored.