Weapons laws and regulations

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, speaks during the New Hampshire state Democratic Party convention, in Manchester, NH. O’Rourke’s call to confiscate the millions of AR- and AK-style firearms in the U.S. raised some big questions. How might it be possible to round up all the millions of those rifles in circulation? Could it be done safely? And would it solve the gun violence problem? (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
September 22, 2019 - 2:02 pm
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's recent vow to take away people's AR-15 and AK-47 rifles raised one big question: How is it possible to round up the millions of such guns that exist in the United States? The number of AR-15 and AK-47s in the U.S. is estimated at a staggering 16...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Climate Forum at Georgetown University, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
September 19, 2019 - 5:56 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Some 2020 candidates are trying out new strategies to appeal to voters just over four months until Iowa's leadoff caucuses begin the process in which Democrats will select their presidential nominee. Kamala Harris announced a substantive shift on Thursday, saying she would...
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Lydia Plukchi of the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem, Ore., accepts on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, a box containing 2,000 signatures backing a proposed ballot measure that would create the most comprehensive law in America requiring the safe storage of weapons, as worker Amanda Kessel, behind her, looks on. Delivering the box are Henry Wessinger, president of the State of Safety Action which is backing the proposed measure, and Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)
September 18, 2019 - 10:00 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Carol Manstrom says she lost her 18-year-old son when he grabbed his father's unsecured pistol and shot himself. Paul Kemp lost his brother-in-law when a man opened fire with a stolen AR-15 assault-style rifle at a shopping mall. On Wednesday, Manstrom and Kemp helped deliver 2,...
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FILE - In this Friday, April 26, 2019 file photo, National 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. The National Rifle Association is meeting in the shadows of Congress as its leaders remain under fire for spending and its operations. Amid the turmoil, lawmakers are considering steps to stem gun violence, including proposals long opposed by the NRA. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
September 13, 2019 - 3:11 pm
With the country at a critical juncture in the gun debate, a normally routine meeting of the National Rifle Association has taken on greater significance as its board of directors gathers near the nation's capital this week. President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress are weighing stricter...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke greets supporters Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, after a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
September 12, 2019 - 11:20 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few moments anyway, there was a sense of what people once called "Beto-mania." Former Texas Congressman Beto O'Rourke delivered a debate performance on Thursday in Houston that at times reminded a national audience why he became a Democratic star last year — even as he lost...
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FILE-In this Sunday, May 19, 2013 file photo, a vehicle passes the front of the Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla. Publix Supermarkets is joining a growing number of retailers in asking customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores, even if state laws allow it. The company announced the move by email in a one-sentence statement on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, saying "Publix respectfully requests that only law enforcement officials openly carry firearms in our stores." (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz, File)
September 12, 2019 - 3:46 pm
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — If you're carrying a gun, the Publix supermarket chain doesn't want to see it. Publix is joining a growing number of retailers in asking customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores, even if state laws allow it. The new policy comes a week after the competing Kroger...
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FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, a man wears an unloaded pistol during a pro gun-rights rally in Austin, Texas. In a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, CEOs from businesses including Airbnb, Twitter and Uber asked Congress to pass a bill to require background checks on all gun sales and a strong red flag law that would allow courts to issue life-saving extreme risk protection orders. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
September 12, 2019 - 8:47 am
The CEOs of more than 100 companies are stepping into the nation's gun debate, imploring Congress to expand background checks and enact a strong "red flag" law. In a letter sent to the Senate on Thursday, CEOs from businesses including Airbnb, Twitter and Uber asked Congress to pass a bill to...
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President Donald Trump listens as Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar talks about a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
September 11, 2019 - 3:25 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators pushing to require background checks for private gun sales made a fresh pitch to President Donald Trump on Wednesday amid continued gridlock over legislation to curb gun violence following a summer of more mass shootings . GOP Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania and...
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August 29, 2019 - 6:15 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A U.S. appeals court Thursday upheld an assault weapons ban that covers Chicago and the rest of Cook County, Illinois, saying guns rights advocates provided no compelling reason why it should diverge from a previous ruling upholding a similar ban in a Chicago suburb. The 7th U.S...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders greets striking telecommunications workers on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, during a stop in Louisville, Ky. Sanders spoke to the striking workers before attending a rally to promote Democratic initiatives being bottled up in the Republican-led Senate. (AP Photo/Bruce Schreiner)
August 25, 2019 - 7:31 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday branded Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as an obstructionist for blocking Democratic efforts to reduce gun violence, bolster election security and raise the federal minimum wage. In a speech to cheering...
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