Gun politics

May 19, 2019 - 6:51 am
GENEVA (AP) — The Latest on Switzerland's referendum on tightening Swiss gun laws (all times local): 12:45 p.m. Swiss media are reporting that early exit polls show voters have approved a measure to tighten Switzerland's gun laws, bringing the Alpine country in line with many of its European...
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May 15, 2019 - 6:05 am
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Kamala Harris wants to ban the importation of AR-15-style assault weapons by executive action if elected president. On Wednesday, the Democratic senator from California is set to detail her proposal to stop importing the weapons until the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and...
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FILE - This Aug. 17, 2018, file photo provided by the Alexandria (Va.) Detention Center shows Maria Butina. Butina, who admitted being a secret agent for the Kremlin believed Russian officials would consider her notes and analysis to be “valuable” as she tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups. (Alexandria Detention Center via AP, File)
May 10, 2019 - 11:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian gun rights activist who admitted she was a secret agent for the Kremlin and tried to infiltrate conservative U.S. political groups while Donald Trump rose to power says she believed her notes and analysis would be "valuable" for Russian officials. Maria Butina, who...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 file photo, ten crosses honoring the 10 people killed in a shooting at Santa Fe High School were dedicated during a ceremony in Santa Fe, Texas. Nearly a year after the mass shooting killed eight students and two substitute teachers, Texas lawmakers are close to passing new measures that they say would harden campuses. They include measures that would arm more school personnel, beef up security plans and boost student mental health resources. But there's no push for new restrictions on the purchase or possession of guns. (Kelsey Walling/The Galveston County Daily News via AP, File)
May 07, 2019 - 1:22 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school in which eight students and two substitute teachers were killed, lawmakers in the gun-friendly state are close to passing new measures that they say would harden campuses by adding more armed school personnel, beefing...
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May 03, 2019 - 9:40 am
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's embassy in the United States says its diplomats have visited the gun-rights activist who was sentenced to prison last week for being an unregistered agent of Russia. In a Facebook statement on Friday, the embassy said Maria Butina is "bearing the burdens of imprisonment...
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May 01, 2019 - 1:44 pm
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida lawmakers have passed legislation that would allow more classroom teachers to carry guns in school, the latest response to last year's mass shooting at a Parkland high school. The Republican-led House voted 65-47 on Wednesday to send the bill to GOP Gov. Ron...
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FILE - In this April 21, 2013 file photo, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/File)
April 30, 2019 - 3:45 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian gun rights activist convicted in the U.S. of conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent has lashed out at the American justice system. Maria Butina told reporters in Moscow in a conference call Tuesday from a U.S. jail that "I didn't expect such a severe punishment...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019 file photo, Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, speaks during an inauguration ceremony in New York. New York state’s attorney general has begun an investigation into the National Rifle Association. A spokeswoman for Attorney General Letitia James said Saturday, April, 27, 2019 that James’ office has issued subpoenas as part of an investigation related to the NRA. William A. Brewer, the NRA’s outside lawyer, said the NRA “will fully cooperate with any inquiry into its finances.” James, a Democrat, vowed during her campaign last year to investigate the NRA’s not-for-profit status if elected. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
April 29, 2019 - 8:37 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The National Rifle Association is "under siege," President Donald Trump said Monday in response to New York state's decision to investigate the organization's status as a tax-exempt nonprofit. The Republican president accused state Attorney General Letitia James and her fellow...
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Nation Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre applauds behind the empty seat of Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North at the NRA Annual Meeting of Members in Indianapolis, Saturday, April 27, 2019. North has announced that he will not serve a second term as president of the NRA amid inner turmoil in the gun-rights group. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 27, 2019 - 7:58 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Oliver North announced Saturday that he would not serve a second term as National Rifle Association president, making it clear he had been forced out by the gun lobby's leadership after his own failed attempt to remove the NRA's longtime CEO in a burgeoning divide over the group...
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Nation Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre speaks at the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action Leadership Forum in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Friday, April 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
April 27, 2019 - 6:40 am
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The National Rifle Association was plunged into deeper internal turmoil Friday amid an effort by opponents of top executive Wayne LaPierre to drive out the man who has long been the public face of the gun-rights group. LaPierre sent a letter to board members Thursday outlining...
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