Weapons laws and regulations

FILE - In this May 24, 2017 file photo, Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott speaks to the media in Montpelier, Vt. Scott is set to sign the first significant gun restrictions in the state's history during a Statehouse ceremony on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke, File)
April 11, 2018 - 12:05 am
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Republican governor is set to sign the first significant gun restrictions in the state's history. The three recently-passed bills that Gov. Phil Scott plans to sign on Wednesday at the Statehouse in Montpelier would require universal background checks, increase the...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018, at the start of a meeting with military leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 10, 2018 - 9:34 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — After threatening a military strike against Syria, President Donald Trump on Tuesday cancelled plans to travel to South America later this week, choosing to stay in the United States to manage the response to an apparent chemical weapons attack. White House spokeswoman Sarah...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018, at the start of a meeting with military leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 09, 2018 - 8:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday threatened an imminent military strike against Syria, vowing to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians and warning that Russia or any other nation found to share responsibility will "pay a price." As he...
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President Donald Trump speaks in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 9, 2018, at the start of a meeting with military leaders. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
April 09, 2018 - 7:36 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened an imminent military strike against Syria Monday night, vowing to respond "forcefully" to Saturday's apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians and warning that Russia or any other nation found to share responsibility will "pay a price." As he...
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FILE - In this March 9, 2018, file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott talks to the media in his office after signing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Public Safety Act at the Florida Capital in Tallahassee, Fla. Scott is running for the Senate against Sen. Bill Nelson. Scott will officially announce his campaign on Monday, April 9, in Orlando. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser, File)
April 09, 2018 - 8:42 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Calling Washington "horribly dysfunctional," Florida Gov. Rick Scott is challenging U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in an election that could be one of the most expensive and highly-watched races in the nation. The Republican governor was expected to criticize "career politicians"...
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FILE - In this March 11, 2018 file photo, Florida Gov. Rick Scott speaks after the end of the legislative session at the Florida State Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Scott appears ready to jump into Florida’s Senate race, setting up a high-profile showdown against incumbent Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson. A top Scott aide, Jackie Schutz Zeckman, resigned as the governor’s chief of staff Sunday, March 25 and says Scott will make a “major announcement” on April 9. Flanking Scott is Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran, left, and Senate President Joe Negron. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser,File)
April 09, 2018 - 7:55 am
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Calling Washington "horribly dysfunctional," Florida Gov. Rick Scott is challenging U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson in an election that could be one of the most expensive and highly-watched races in the nation. The Republican governor was expected to criticize "career politicians"...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, Brad Ashford speaks at a news conference in Omaha, Neb. Just 18 months after declaring his opposition to banning assault weapons, Ashford has changed his mind. But make no mistake, Ashford’s conversion comes as he’s being challenged aggressively in the primary by Kara Eastman, an ardent gun-control advocate who’s frustration with Congress failure to act is echoing throughout once safe GOP territory and illustrating the fast-emerging belief among Democrats that they cannot win in this supercharged environment without embracing gun control. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
April 07, 2018 - 9:21 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Just 18 months after declaring his opposition to banning assault weapons, Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford has changed his mind. The former one-term congressman, now trying to win back an Omaha-area seat he lost in 2016, used to consider it futile to push for a ban while...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, Brad Ashford speaks at a news conference in Omaha, Neb. Just 18 months after declaring his opposition to banning assault weapons, Ashford has changed his mind. But make no mistake, Ashford’s conversion comes as he’s being challenged aggressively in the primary by Kara Eastman, an ardent gun-control advocate who’s frustration with Congress failure to act is echoing throughout once safe GOP territory and illustrating the fast-emerging belief among Democrats that they cannot win in this supercharged environment without embracing gun control. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
April 07, 2018 - 4:39 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Just 18 months after declaring his opposition to banning assault weapons, Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford has changed his mind. The former one-term congressman, now trying to win back an Omaha-area seat he lost in 2016, used to consider it futile to push for a ban while...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2016, file photo, Brad Ashford speaks at a news conference in Omaha, Neb. Just 18 months after declaring his opposition to banning assault weapons, Ashford has changed his mind. But make no mistake, Ashford’s conversion comes as he’s being challenged aggressively in the primary by Kara Eastman, an ardent gun-control advocate who’s frustration with Congress failure to act is echoing throughout once safe GOP territory and illustrating the fast-emerging belief among Democrats that they cannot win in this supercharged environment without embracing gun control. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)
April 07, 2018 - 12:46 pm
OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) — Just 18 months after declaring his opposition to banning assault weapons, Nebraska Democrat Brad Ashford has changed his mind. The former one-term congressman, now trying to win back an Omaha-area seat he lost in 2016, used to consider it futile to push for a ban while...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 20, 2017, file photo, Republican Ralph Norman speaks to supporters at a campaign party in Rock Hill, S.C., after winning South Carolina's 5th Congressional District. Norman pulled out his own loaded handgun during a meeting with constituents Friday, April 6, 2018, to make a point that guns are dangerous only in the hands of criminals. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)
April 06, 2018 - 10:13 pm
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina congressman pulled out his own loaded handgun during a meeting with constituents Friday to make a point that guns are dangerous only in the hands of criminals. Republican U.S. Rep. Ralph Norman placed the .38-caliber gun on a table during the "coffee with...
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