Supreme Court expands gun rights, with nation divided

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major expansion of gun rights after a series of mass shootings, the Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense, a ruling likely to lead to more people legally armed. The decision came out as Congress and states debate gun-control legislation. About … Read more

Gun debate a side note in hearings on Uvalde shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The first public hearings in Texas looking into the Uvalde school massacre have focused on a cascade of law enforcement blunders, school building safety and mental health care with only scant mentions of the shooter’s AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle and gun reform. A day after the head of the Texas state police … Read more

Senate negotiators announce a deal on guns, breaking logjam

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate bargainers announced a bipartisan framework Sunday responding to last month’s mass shootings, a noteworthy though limited breakthrough offering modest gun curbs and bolstered efforts to improve school safety and mental health programs. The proposal falls far short of tougher steps long sought by President Joe Biden and many Democrats. Even so, … Read more

New York’s lawsuit against NRA can move forward, judge rules

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York attorney general’s lawsuit against the National Rifle Association is no mere “witch hunt,” a New York judge ruled Friday in dismissing the gun rights advocacy group’s claims that the case is a political vendetta. Manhattan Judge Joel M. Cohen’s decision means the nearly 2-year-long legal fight can continue. … Read more

Son of Buffalo victim pushes Congress: ‘What are you doing?’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The son of Ruth Whitfield, an 86-year-old woman killed when a gunman opened fire in a racist attack on Black shoppers in BuffaloNew York, challenged Congress Tuesday to act against the “cancer of white supremacy” and the nation’s epidemic of gun violence. Garnell Whitfield Jr.’s emotional testimony comes as lawmakers are working … Read more

Actor Matthew McConaughey joins White House press briefing on guns

[The stream is slated to start at 1:45 p.m. ET. Please refresh the page if you do not see a player above at that time.] Actor and gun-policy advocate Matthew McConaughey will join White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday for the Biden administration’s daily press briefing. His White-House appearance comes a day after … Read more

Police: Tulsa gunman targeted surgeon he blamed for pain

A gunman who killed his surgeon and three other people at a Tulsa medical office blamed the doctor for his continuing pain after a recent back operation and bought an AR-style rifle just hours before the rampage, police said Thursday. The gunman called the clinic repeatedly complaining of pain and specifically targeted the doctor who … Read more

House panel swiftly takes up gun bill after mass shootings

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House is swiftly working to put its stamp on gun legislation in response to mass shootings in Texas and New York by 18-year-old assailants who used semi-automatic rifles to kill 31 people, including 19 children. Partisan positions were clear at a Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday on legislation that would raise the … Read more

After Uvalde, holiday weekend sees shootings nationwide

CHICAGO (AP) — Even as the nation reeled over the massacre of 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, multiple mass shootings happened elsewhere over the Memorial Day weekend in areas both rural and urban. Single-death incidents still accounted for most gun fatalities. Gunfire erupted in the predawn hours of … Read more

O’Rourke bets shooting will shake up Texas governor’s race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still mourning a Texas mass shooting, Democrat Beto O’Rourke gave his long-shot campaign a jolt by imploring a national audience that it was finally time for real action to curb the proliferation of high-powered guns in his home state and across America. That was 2019, and the former congressman was running for … Read more