In the first congressional votes on gun issues since President Trump took office, a bill easing regulations on the purchases of gun silencers could reach the House floor as early as next week. Another measure allowing concealed-carry permit holders to take their weapons to other states is expected to move through the House Judiciary Committee soon.
Rhode Island has become the seventh state this year to pass a law restricting access to guns for people convicted of domestic violence offenses. Gun control advocates argue that federal laws are not strong enough and additional protections must be passed on the state level, in part because state laws are easier for local authorities to enforce.
Since 2005, 22 states have passed laws authorizing residents to use lethal means to protect themselves in certain situations. The trend had stalled until Republicans became the majority in more legislatures. Florida is poised to strengthen its law in favor of shooters.
Four-year-old Carter Hill survived when he was caught in the crossfire of a road-rage shooting in Cleveland last month. On average, one child is shot every hour in the U.S., a world leader in the number of kids killed by gunfire.
Domestic extremists, ranging from white supremacists to rival “antifa” anarchists, are exploiting loose gun control laws to appear at emotionally charged rallies with assault rifles and other high-powered weapons, increasing the likelihood of an explosive clash, law enforcement officials tell Politico.
Newly unsealed records reveal an unorthodox merger of an undercover law enforcement operation and a legitimate business. What began as a way to catch black-market cigarette dealers transformed into a nearly untraceable ATF slush fund that agents could tap, the New York Times reports.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions wants to steer more gun-crime cases to federal court,. The St. Louis U.S. Attorney’s office has done that but the city’s rates of homicides and serious crimes remain among the nation’s worst.