In deadly year, new U.S. attorney, Albany law enforcement meeting over gun violence

ALBANY — The region’s new U.S. attorney will meet with local law enforcement officials Tuesday as they plot ways to combat gun violence.

After meeting at police headquarters, acting U.S. Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon will hold a news conference with local law enforcement officials including Albany Police Chief Eric Hawkins to discuss joint efforts to address gun violence. Mayor Kathy Sheehan, who is in quarantine after being around Binghamton Mayor Richard David who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, is expected to hold a separate news briefing.

The Bacon’s meeting with police will take place in the midst of one of the region’s most violent years. More than 100 people have been shot in Albany. The majority of the city’s 16 homicide victims were shot.

In Troy, a city that with a population of 49,374 that is roughly half the size of Albany, the violence has been staggering with 13

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Democrat’s praise of strict gun law roils Kansas Senate race | National politics

“They have no guns. They don’t allow them. They just took them all away,” Bollier told her audience. “And you know what? It’s pretty darn safe.”

Bollier also noted that Australia imposes licensing and training requirements for gun owners. Kansas law allows adults to carry weapons openly, and it allows them to carry concealed firearms without a permit — a policy Bollier opposed as a legislator when it was enacted in 2015.

“Who thinks you can just go out and have a gun? Seriously,” Bollier said. “You can’t drive a car without training. You can’t basically do anything without some kind of training. This is a lethal weapon.”

As the video clip began circulating, Bollier tweeted Sunday afternoon: “I do not support gun confiscation. I never have. I never will.”

Republicans have not lost a Senate race in Kansas since 1932, but Bollier has flooded the airwaves with ads that

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Democrat’s Praise of Strict Gun Law Roils Kansas Senate Race | Political News

By JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Sunday circulated a video of the Democrats’ candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas praising strict Australian gun laws that she said “took them all away” to undercut her campaign as a political moderate in what’s been an unexpectedly tough red-state race for the GOP.

Democrat Barbara Bollier’s spokeswoman accused Republican Roger Marshall’s campaign of being “duplicitous” in highlighting the video. Bollier’s campaign released longer audio from the same event that included moments in which Bollier said she supports the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protecting gun rights and recalled hunting with her father.

The race appears to be close between Marshall, a two-term congressman for western and central Kansas, and Bollier, a Kansas City-area state senator who was a lifelong moderate Republican before switching parties late in 2018. As the GOP fights to keep

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Democrat’s praise of strict gun law roils Kansas Senate race

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans on Sunday circulated a video of the Democrats’ candidate for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas praising strict Australian gun laws that she said “took them all away” to undercut her campaign as a political moderate in what’s been an unexpectedly tough red-state race for the GOP.



U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., the Republican nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas, speaks during a stop in a GOP bus tour of the state, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Asked about President Donald Trump's tweet after being treated for coronavirus that people should not fear COVID-19, Marshall told reporters, "Of course, I think everyone should respect the virus." (AP Photo/John Hanna)


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U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., the Republican nominee for an open U.S. Senate seat in Kansas, speaks during a stop in a GOP bus tour of the state, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, in Topeka, Kan. Asked about President Donald Trump’s tweet after being treated for coronavirus that people should not fear COVID-19, Marshall told reporters, “Of course, I think everyone should respect the virus.” (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Democrat Barbara Bollier’s spokeswoman accused Republican Roger Marshall’s campaign of being “duplicitous” in highlighting the video. Bollier’s campaign released longer audio from the same event

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California sues federal government over ‘ghost gun’ rules

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is suing the federal government over its definition of a firearm in attempt to make it easier to track and confiscate so-called “ghost guns” that are often bought online and built at home without a background check.



Xavier Becerra wearing a suit and tie: California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra. California is suing the federal government over its definition of a firearm in attempt to make it easier to track and confiscate so-called "ghost guns."


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California Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra. California is suing the federal government over its definition of a firearm in attempt to make it easier to track and confiscate so-called “ghost guns.”

Attorney General Xavier Becerra said at a news conference it’s critical the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives consider “ghost guns” as firearms so the federal agency can regulate the weapons with the same stringency as traditional guns.

Without the restrictions, Becerra said, ghost gun purchasers will continue to skirt federal and state rules and potentially use the weapons in mass shootings like the November 2019 Saugus High School shooting in

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Pennsylvania appeals court rules gun industry protection law unconstitutional



a close up of a wooden table: Pennsylvania appeals court rules gun industry protection law unconstitutional


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Pennsylvania appeals court rules gun industry protection law unconstitutional

A 2005 law protecting firearms manufacturers from civil liability is unconstitutional, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled in a Monday filing.

Pennsylvania Superior Court Prothonotary Joseph D. Seletyn on Monday ruled the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) of 2005 violates the 10th Amendment, which states that all powers not specifically delegated to the federal government are the responsibility of states.

The 2005 law says companies shall not be held legally liable for harm caused by those who “criminally or unlawfully misuse firearm products or ammunition products that function as designed and intended.”

After a Pennsylvania 14-year-old accidentally shot and killed his friend J.R. Gustafson in 2016, Gustafson’s parents sued both the gun manufacturer and the retailer where it was purchased. Gustafson’s parents alleged that the semi-automatic did not have a safety feature preventing it from

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After a child’s accidental shooting death, Pennsylvania appeals court rules federal gun industry protection law unconstitutional

A Pennsylvania state appeals court has decided that the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005 is unconstitutional, court documents filed on Monday show.



a person wearing a hat and glasses: J.R. Gustafson, who was killed in March 2016 after his 14-year-old friend unintentionally shot him with a semi-automatic handgun that he believed was unloaded.


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J.R. Gustafson, who was killed in March 2016 after his 14-year-old friend unintentionally shot him with a semi-automatic handgun that he believed was unloaded.

The PLCAA is a federal law that prohibits civil lawsuits from being brought against gun manufacturers and distributors as a result of misuse of their products by others.

The law says businesses should not “be liable for the harm caused by those who criminally or unlawfully misuse firearm products or ammunition products that function as designed and intended.”

But the PLCAA violates the 10th Amendment, Pennsylvania Superior Court Prothonotary Joseph D. Seletyn said, which guarantees states’ rights — essentially stating that matters which are not delegated to the federal government by the US Constitution and are

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