- Committee suggests domestic violence gun law for New Mexico Updated: Feb-06-16 11:03 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico lawmakers' push this year to crack down on violent crime doesn't include legislation that would strengthen laws to keep firearms from domestic abusers - despite recommendations from a state review team and a trend that has seen other states take such action.
- If Johnny Manziel wants help, NFL is ready to give it Updated: Feb-06-16 9:33 pm
SAN FRANCISCO - If Johnny Manziel wants help, the NFL and its players are ready to step in.
- Charges say ex-officer assaulted teen at St. Paul group home Updated: Feb-06-16 8:11 pm
ST. PAUL, Minnesota - A retired St. Paul police officer who was a Golden Gloves boxer is accused of physically assaulting a 14-year-old boy at a group home where he worked as a counselor.
- Chicago officer sues estate of teen he shot, claiming trauma Updated: Feb-06-16 7:13 pm
CHICAGO - A white Chicago police officer who fatally shot a black 19-year-old college student and accidentally killed a neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager's estate, arguing the shooting left him traumatized.
- Police: Rockford's violent crimes surged 24 percent in 2015 Updated: Feb-06-16 5:54 pm
ROCKFORD, Illinois - Rockford last year saw a 24 percent surge in violent crimes, driven by rising youth violence and crimes involving guns, police in Illinois' third-largest city said.
- Missouri Democrat proposes gun ban for domestic abusers Updated: Feb-06-16 4:44 pm
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri - While there's consensus in some other Republican-dominated states to ramp-up laws to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a Missouri proposal to do that appears to have little chance in the GOP Legislature.
- Bill would require courts to tell abusers to give up guns Updated: Feb-06-16 3:29 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland - Judges would be required to inform domestic violence abusers they are prohibited from possessing firearms, under a measure coming before Maryland lawmakers.
- 2 puppeteers held in Spain for allegedly praising terrorism Updated: Feb-06-16 2:10 pm
MADRID - A Spanish court has ordered the detention of two puppeteers for allegedly praising terrorism during a performance in Madrid.
- Kansas won't join effort to tighten domestic abuse gun laws Updated: Feb-06-16 1:08 pm
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Kansas appears unlikely to join more than two dozen states that have passed laws in the last two years making it more difficult for domestic abusers to possess weapons, a state representative who introduced a similar law during the 2015 legislative session said.
- More than 5,700 charged under Joshua's Law since inception Updated: Feb-06-16 1:07 pm
CONCORD, New Hampshire - In 2014, New Hampshire enacted a law that expressly created a domestic violence charge to cover cases of abuse involving intimate partners. The enactment of a specific domestic violence charge allowed the names to be entered into a federal database that prohibits people convicted of such charges from purchasing or possessing a firearm. Here at a glance are key details of what is known as Joshua's Law:
- 2nd suspect arrested in death of Mercer basketball player Updated: Feb-06-16 11:35 am
DECATUR, Georgia - Police say a second suspect accused in the shooting death of a Mercer University basketball player has been arrested.
- Utah joins push to keep guns from domestic abusers Updated: Feb-06-16 11:09 am
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah legislators quietly changed a state law last year to keep in an attempt to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous domestic abusers, following a nationwide trend of state legislative action on a rare area of consensus in the polarized debate over guns.
- Massachusetts has tough gun laws, fewer domestic killings Updated: Feb-06-16 10:59 am
BOSTON - Massachusetts has some of the toughest gun laws in the country and relatively few fatal domestic violence shootings of states with similar populations. Here's a look at the number of killings and the laws meant to help curb the violence in the state:
- Madison man charged with killing former co-worker Updated: Feb-06-16 10:56 am
MADISON, Wisconsin - A 26-year-old Madison man who had been fired from a grocery store is charged in the fatal shooting of a former co-worker.
- Nevada among states outlawing guns for domestic abusers Updated: Feb-06-16 10:55 am
LAS VEGAS - As convicted felons with criminal histories including violence against former domestic partners, neither Keith Junior Barlow nor Robert Brown Jr. should have had a gun.
- Some Kentucky judges limit domestic offenders access to guns Updated: Feb-06-16 10:46 am
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Just eight years ago, most of the domestic violence deaths in Louisville were from strangulation. Today, more than 71 percent are from guns.
- Tennessee passed 2009 law taking guns out of abusers' hands Updated: Feb-06-16 10:45 am
NASHVILLE, Tennessee - The same year Tennessee's pro-gun Legislature made it legal for some to be armed in bars, lawmakers also took a quieter step toward keeping guns away from domestic abusers
- Domestic violence, gun-control groups divided over gun bill Updated: Feb-06-16 10:43 am
RICHMOND, Virginia - Advocates for domestic violence victims in Virginia who've long sought to toughen the state's gun laws are praising a rare compromise in Richmond that could finally shepherd into law a measure that would strip abusers of their gun rights.
- Domestic violence laws remain high priority for legislators Updated: Feb-06-16 10:40 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - Domestic violence has remained a high-priority legal topic in the decade since the passage of sweeping North Carolina laws to protect victims.
- Groups say W.Va. a mixed bag on domestic violence gun laws Updated: Feb-06-16 10:39 am
CHARLESTON, West Virginia - West Virginia has been ahead of the curve in passing several protections to ban domestic abusers from having guns, but gun safety groups say the state should do more.
- New domestic violence gun law in SC hard to track in court Updated: Feb-06-16 10:36 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - South Carolina lawmakers passed a law last year banning some people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns.
- School lockdowns now routine part of student life in Georgia Updated: Feb-06-16 10:34 am
ATLANTA - School lockdowns, and preparing for a possible intruder, have become a fact of life for many metro Atlanta schools.
- Ohio bill would allow guns to be removed by protective order Updated: Feb-06-16 10:30 am
COLUMBUS, Ohio - FBI data analyzed by The Associated Press shows 185 people shot to death in Ohio in domestic violence cases in the past decade. An Ohio lawmaker plans to reintroduce legislation aimed at keeping firearms out of the hands of alleged domestic abusers once a protective order has been issued. The goal is joining more than a dozen states that have similar laws. A look at the issue in Ohio from both sides.
- Data: Indiana had 143 fatal domestic shootings from 2006-14 Updated: Feb-06-16 10:14 am
INDIANAPOLIS - FBI records show that Indiana reported more than 140 domestic violence-related fatal shootings from 2006 through 2014, although the number is likely higher because some of the state's law enforcement agencies didn't report such data.
- Some advocates leery of Michigan's domestic abuse gun laws Updated: Feb-06-16 10:10 am
LANSING, Michigan - Michigan lags behind some other states when it comes to laws meant to keep guns from domestic abusers, some advocates for stricter gun control say.