By TERRY SPENCER, Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) 07/13 — Florida’s gun and mental health laws likely could not have prevented school shooting suspect Nikolas Cruz from buying the semi-automatic rifle authorities say he used to kill 17 people — even if the laws had applied to him,
By SUDHIN THANAWALA, Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO (AP) 06/28 — The California Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit Thursday that sought to block an unusual law requiring new models of semi-automatic handguns to stamp identifying information on bullet casings when shots are fired to make it easier to solve crimes.
By SOPHIA BOLLAG and DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) 06/20 — California would lead the U.S. in significantly changing the standard for when police can fire their weapons under legislation that cleared its first hurdle Tuesday after an emotionally charged debate over deadly shootings that have roiled the country.
By BECKY BOHRER, Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) 05/26 — The police chief recently named to the board that regulates Alaska’s legal marijuana industry said the fight that has long been waged against pot in this country has been a “waste of time”
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) 05/11 — Law enforcement officers in Kansas are now banned from having sex with people they stop for traffic violations or detain in criminal investigations under a new state law that many legislators were surprised was necessary.Read more »
By DAVID JORDAN, Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) 05/09 — The Vermont Legislature has approved a bill making it illegal to take “substantial steps” to threaten to kill or kidnap groups of people,
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) 05/12 — Oklahoma’s Republican Governor Mary Fallin vetoed a bill that would have allowed adults to carry handguns without a permit and signed another that permits religious organizations to exclude same sex couples from adoptions,Read more »
By DON BABWIN, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) 05/06 — Several rural Illinois counties have taken a stand for gun rights by co-opting a word that conservatives associate with a liberal policy to skirt the law: sanctuary.
By ELLIOT SPAGAT, Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) 04/28 — U.S. immigration lawyers are telling Central Americans in a caravan of asylum-seekers that traveled through Mexico to the border with San Diego that they face possible separation from their children and detention for many months.
By LISA RATHKE, Associated Press BARRE, Vt. (AP) 04/26 — Vermont’s stock-car-racing governor is questioning whether to race this season at a local speedway where many spectators are hunters after an outcry from gun owners over gun restriction legislation he signed.
By JONATHAN LEMIRE and CHAD DAY, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) 04/27 — President Donald Trump insists he “won’t be involved” in any attempt to interfere with the investigation into Russian election meddling — unless he changes his mind.
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) 04/17 — The conservative backlash against California’s so-called sanctuary law has taken the form of lawsuits and public tongue-lashings.
But one tiny city in Orange County took the step of declaring itself legally exempt.
By AMY TAXIN, Associated Press SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) 04/16 — More local governments in California are resisting the state’s efforts to resist the Trump administration’s immigration crackdown,
By ROXANA HEGEMAN, Associated Press WICHITA, Kan. (AP) 04/12 — The Kansas police officer who fired the shot that killed a man during a hoax emergency call will not face criminal charges,
By MICHAEL CASEY, Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. (AP) 04/12 — An international crackdown on illegal logging in tropical forests has ensnared the makers of some guitars and other musical instruments,
By WILSON RING, Associated Press MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) 04/11 — Vermont on Wednesday raised the age to buy firearms, banned high-capacity magazines and made it easier to take guns from people who pose a threat — the first significant gun ownership restrictions in state history,
By MEG KINNARD, Associated Press COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) 04/06 — South Carolina debated seceding from the Union more than 150 years ago, one of the opening salvos of the Civil War.
By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) 04/03 — President Donald Trump said Tuesday he wants to use the military to secure the U.S.-Mexico border until his promised border wall is built.
By DON THOMPSON, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) 04/03 — Several state lawmakers and the family of a 22-year-old unarmed black man fatally shot by police are proposing Tuesday that California become the first state to significantly restrict when officers can open fire.
By JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) 04/03 — Trump administration officials said they’re crafting a new legislative package aimed at closing immigration “loopholes” following the president’s calls for Republican lawmakers to immediately pass a border bill using the “Nuclear Option if necessary”