Gun politics

Gun rights advocates gather outside the Texas Capitol where Texas Gov. Greg Abbott held a round table discussion, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, in Austin, Texas. Abbott is meeting in Austin with officials from Google, Twitter and Facebook as well as officials from the FBI and state lawmakers to discuss ways of combatting extremism in light of the recent mass shooting in El Paso that reportedly targeted Mexicans. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
August 23, 2019 - 1:47 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' muscular gun-rights lobby is swiftly pushing back after Gov. Greg Abbott raised the possibility of tighter firearms laws after a gunman killed 22 people at an El Paso Walmart. The resistance could test the relationship between gun-rights groups, Abbott and the state's...
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FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2007, file photo Patrick Byrne, President and CEO of Overstock.com is reflected on a large television screen while being interviewed at the headquarters for supporters of school vouchers in Salt Lake City. Byrne has resigned, saying he’d become “far too controversial” to helm the e-commerce company known for selling discounted sofas and jewelry. Bryne, who founded the online discount retailer 20 years ago, said Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, that was “in the sad position” of having to step down. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)
August 22, 2019 - 2:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The CEO of Overstock.com has resigned, saying he'd become "far too controversial" to helm the e-commerce company known for selling discounted sofas and jewelry. Patrick Byrne's resignation Thursday came after the company issued a bizarre statement last week in which the former...
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President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Romanian President Klaus Iohannis in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
August 20, 2019 - 3:15 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday that the U.S. already has "very, very strong background checks" for gun purchases in the latest sign that he is backing away from throwing his political support behind changes to the system that are opposed by the powerful gun lobby...
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Tosha Pelfrey of Moms Demand Action speaks during a rally to protest gun violence n front of the United Building in Charleston, W.Va., Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019. (Chris Dorst/Charleston Gazette-Mail via AP)
August 17, 2019 - 2:44 pm
Gun control advocates have rallied around the country, seeking to pressure Congress to tighten the nation's gun laws after the recent mass shootings in Texas, Ohio and California. Dozens of demonstrators gathered in Providence, Rhode Island. Some held up signs that said, "Disarm Hate," ''Enough"...
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In this Aug. 9, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Montana Gov. Steve Bullock speaks at the Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. As a Democratic politician in deep-red Montana, Bullock has long searched for a middle ground on guns. Now a presidential candidate in a party pushing hard for new gun-control laws, he still is. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 16, 2019 - 9:09 pm
As a Democratic politician in deep-red Montana, Steve Bullock has long searched for a middle ground on guns. Now a presidential candidate in a party pushing hard for new gun-control laws, he still is. While many of his Democratic opponents go all-in on new proposals for restricting guns, responding...
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FILE - This Oct. 3, 2013, file photo shows a custom made semi-automatic hunting rifle with a detachable magazine, displayed at TDS Guns in Rocklin, Calif. A gun-rights group is suing to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was filed Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in San Diego federal court on behalf of a political action committee and three San Diego County men who want the right to use large-capacity ammunition magazines in their legal rifles and pistols. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
August 15, 2019 - 7:35 pm
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A gun-rights group sued Thursday to block California from enforcing its assault weapons ban, contending it violates the Second Amendment right to bear arms. The lawsuit was the latest among gun advocacy and lobbying groups to challenge California's firearms laws, which are among...
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This undated booking photo provided by the Montgomery County Sheriff shows Ethan Kollie. Federal agents say Kollie, a longtime friend of Dayton, Ohio, gunman, Connor Betts, bought the body armor, a 100-round magazine and a gun accessory used in a mass shooting, but there’s no indication that the man knew that his friend was planning a massacre. The accusations came as prosecutors unsealed charges against Kollie that they said were unrelated to the Aug. 4 shooting. (Montgomery County Sheriff via AP) (Montgomery County Sheriff via AP)
August 13, 2019 - 10:04 am
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities who have been trying to piece together a motive and other factors that led to a deadly mass shooting in Ohio will provide an update Tuesday on their findings. Dayton officials scheduled a news conference, a day after federal authorities announced charges against a...
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FILE - In this Wednesday, July 31, 2019, file photo, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., walks to the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington. Paul is easing back into public activities after his recent lung surgery sidelined him for part of the August congressional break. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
August 12, 2019 - 10:18 pm
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul is easing back into public activities after his recent lung surgery sidelined him for part of the August congressional break. The Kentucky Republican is set to deliver a speech Tuesday at a chamber of commerce luncheon in southern Kentucky. It marks his...
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FILE - This undated file image provided by the FBI shows Patrick Crusius, whom authorities have identified as the gunman who killed multiple people at an El Paso, Texas, shopping area. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. The FBI has labeled two of those attacks, at the Texas Walmart and California food festival, as domestic terrorism — acts meant to intimidate or coerce a civilian population and affect government policy. But the bureau hasn't gone that far with a shooting at an Ohio entertainment district. (FBI via AP, File)
August 10, 2019 - 10:06 am
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — More than 100 people marched through the Texas border city of El Paso on Saturday, denouncing racism and calling for stronger gun laws one week after 22 people were killed in a mass shooting that authorities say was carried out by a man targeting Mexicans. Chanting "gun reform...
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand speaks at the Presidential Gun Sense Forum, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
August 10, 2019 - 9:20 am
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates on Saturday placed responsibility for inaction on gun violence in the hands of President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association, in the face of broad national support for some gun control measures. "If most Americans insist that...
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