Gun politics

FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday, March 30, that he is abandoning the effort. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
April 01, 2020 - 4:49 pm
Background checks required to buy firearms have spiked to record numbers in the past month, fueled by a run on guns from Americans panicked about their safety during the coronavirus crisis. According to figures from the FBI, there were 3.7 million background checks done in March — the most for a...
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FILE - In this March 15, 2020, file photo, people wait in a line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif. The coronavirus pandemic has much of the world contemplating an existential question amid a growing number of stay-at-home orders, with only "essential" service providers allowed to go to their jobs. As U.S. states enact sweeping stay-at-home orders, there is lots of agreement on what's essential, but some have their own notions. A few are eyebrow raisers. Among them are guns, golf and cannabis. Most lists, being compiled by governors and others, capture the basics of what's essential. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu, File)
March 30, 2020 - 3:20 pm
The Trump administration has ruled that gun shops are considered “essential” businesses that should remain open as other businesses are closed to try to stop the spread of coronavirus. Gun control groups are balking, calling it a policy that puts profits over public health after intense lobbying by...
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March 28, 2020 - 10:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A gun rights group is cheering the Trump administration's designation of the firearms industry, including retailers, as part of the nation's critical infrastructure during the coronavirus emergency. The designation by the federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is...
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People wait in a line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif., March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
March 27, 2020 - 2:53 pm
In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren't essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders meant to slow the coronavirus. In other places, officials are stopping background checks for concealed carry permits. Elsewhere, city leaders have invoked emergency powers...
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March 27, 2020 - 1:34 pm
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In this image made from a video, Brenton Harrison Tarrant appears in a screen via video link in Christchurch, New Zealand Thursday, March 26, 2020. One year after killing 51 worshipers at two Christchurch mosques, the Australian white supremacist accused of the slaughter has changed his plea to guilty. (TVNZ Pool via AP)
March 25, 2020 - 8:16 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man who committed the worst atrocity in New Zealand's modern history when he slaughtered 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques unexpectedly pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday. The attacks targeting people praying at the mosques a year ago shocked the...
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People wait in a line to enter a gun store in Culver City, Calif., Sunday, March 15, 2020. Coronavirus concerns have led to consumer panic buying of grocery staples, and now gun stores are seeing a similar run on weapons and ammunition as panic intensifies. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
March 16, 2020 - 1:24 pm
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The world's largest gun store, in metro Atlanta, has had lines that are six and eight people deep. A gun store in Los Angeles had lines that stretched down the block. And at least one store in Idaho put limits on sales after its shelves were nearly cleared out. Just as grocery...
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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
March 10, 2020 - 8:52 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on the 2020 Democratic presidential primaries (all times local): 9:50 p.m. Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang is backing Joe Biden’s presidential bid, saying it’s time for Democrats to rally around the former vice president and get ready for the general election. Following...
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House Speaker Del. Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, center, speaks to Sen. Tommy Norment, R-James City County, left, as Del. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, second from left, House minority leader Del Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah, and House majority leader, Del. Charniele Herring, D- Alexandria, look on in the entrance to the Senate at the Capitol Saturday March 7, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Both chambers agreed to extending the session to accommodate the budget and conference committee reports. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
March 08, 2020 - 5:26 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democratic legislators in Virginia have dramatically reshaped the state in two months, sweeping aside many of the state’s old business-friendly and socially conservative laws and replacing them with a broad, progressive policy agenda. Lawmakers wrapped up this year's session...
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FILE - In this May 25, 2018 photo, visitors to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tenn. view the the Outlaws & Armadillos exhibit. The NRA has been publicizing plans to auction off firearms at a fundraising dinner at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. But a spokesperson for the museum tells The Associated Press that the April event will not take place there after the AP asked questions about the museum's no firearms policy. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
March 06, 2020 - 12:57 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For weeks the National Rifle Association has been publicizing plans to hold a fundraising dinner at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum where it planned to auction off firearms, even as many country music artists have distanced themselves from the gun rights...
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