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Democrat Beto O’Rourke responded to a heckler at a campaign stop with an expletive after the Texas gubernatorial candidate heard a cackled laugh while criticizing the ease in which the Uvalde elementary school gunman obtained an AR-15-style rifle. By Thursday, video of O’Rourke lashing out at the person during a town hall in rural Mineral Wells had drawn millions of views on social media. It's the latest instance in which O'Rourke has gotten attention over his calls for stricter gun laws following one of the deadliest classroom shootings in U.S. history. O'Rourke has called for raising the legal age to purchase such rifles from 18 to 21 years old during his campaign against two-term incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

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The white father and son convicted of murder in Ahmaud Arbery’s fatal shooting after they chased the 25-year-old Black man through a Georgia neighborhood have been sentenced to life in prison for committing a federal hate crime. A U.S. District Court judge sentenced Travis McMichael and his father Greg McMichael on Monday in Brunswick. Both were previously sentenced to life without parole in a state court for Arbery’s murder. The McMichaels armed themselves with guns and used a pickup truck to chase Arbery after he ran past their home on Feb. 23, 2020. Neighbor William “Roddie” Bryan, who recorded cellphone video of the slaying, was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

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In Portland, Oregon, the police chief recently pulled detectives from cold case and assault units to backfill the homicide unit, which is overwhelmed by a spike in gun violence. In Philadelphia, the police disbanded its abandoned car unit and in Los Angeles, homeless outreach and animal cruelty teams have largely shut down. In major American cities, police departments are losing officers and can’t find enough recruits to replace them. Pandemic burnout, budget cuts and anti-police protests after George Floyd’s murder have combined to reduce police ranks and many departments are downsizing. The evolution has affected residents in ways large and small.

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Over five decades in Washington, Joe Biden knew that the way to influence was to be in the room where it happens. But in the second year of his presidency, some of Biden’s most striking, legacy-defining legislative victories have come about by staying out of it. It's a counterintuitive turn for Biden, who's long promoted his decades of Capitol Hill experience. Biden’s aides chalk up his victories to the fact that he's playing the role of cheerleader rather than legislative quarterback. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana says that in Biden's heart, he's a U.S. senator. And because of that, Tester says Biden "understands allowing this to work is how you get it done.”

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Over five decades in Washington, Joe Biden knew that the way to influence was to be in the room where it happens. But in the second year of his presidency, some of Biden’s most striking, legacy-defining legislative victories have come about by staying out of it. It's a counterintuitive turn for Biden, who's long promoted his decades of Capitol Hill experience. Biden’s aides chalk up his victories to the fact that he's playing the role of cheerleader rather than legislative quarterback. Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana says that in Biden's heart, he's a U.S. senator. And because of that, Tester says Biden "understands allowing this to work is how you get it done.”

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Officials are pledging to reinforce security on Chicago Transit Authority trains after the shooting death of a passenger. Twenty-nine-year-old Diuntel Moon was shot multiple times on a CTA Red Line train early Saturday and pronounced dead at a hospital. The killing punctuates an uptick in violent crime on trains in the city. More violent incidents have occurred on trains this year than at any time in the past decade. Police Superintendent David Brown says an unspecified number of additional police officers will be assigned to CTA trains starting Sunday. CTA president Dorval Carter says canine units will return to the trains as part of the system's unarmed security force.

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At least two robbers ambushed an armored vehicle in broad daylight and opened fire on the armed guards, injuring one critically in a Southern California casino’s parking lot before fleeing with cash. At least two suspects, armed with handguns and a rifle, remained at large hours after Thursday's shooting in Gardena, a city about 15 miles south of downtown Los Angeles. The guard is expected to survive. The robbery occurred just weeks after thieves broke into an unattended Brink’s tractor-trailer parked at a remote rest stop and stole millions of dollars worth of jewelry and gemstones after the vehicle’s two armed guards walked away. Authorities are investigating if there are any links between the two incidents.

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The Supreme Court ruling expanding gun rights threatens to upend firearms restrictions across the country as activists wage court battles over issues including age limits and bans on AR-15-style guns. The June decision struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need to get a license to carry a concealed gun in public. The decision has led one judge to temporarily block a Colorado town from enforcing a ban on the sale and possession of certain semi-automatic weapons. The ruling could reshape gun laws in the U.S. even as mass shootings push the issue into the headlines. The Biden administration and police departments across the U.S. are struggling to combat a surge in violent crime.

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The Texas city near where 19 children and two teachers were shot dead in an elementary school classroom has rescinded a deal for a gun group's fundraiser in a city-owned hall. The Hondo City Council voted 4-1 Monday to rescind the rental agreement for the Friends of the NRA to hold its fundraiser at the city's Medina Fair Hall. The vote came after an angry crowd denounced the event, including a raffle of a semi-automatic rifle similar to one an 18-year-old gunman used in the May 24 shootings at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, 44 miles east of Hondo.

The gunmaker Smith & Wesson is facing new scrutiny from Congress. The House Oversight panel subpoenaed the company Tuesday for documents related to the manufacture and sale of AR-15-style guns. The move came after Smith & Wesson's CEO refused to appear for a hearing on the firearms frequently used in mass shootings. The committee said the Massachusetts company's CEO Mark P. Smith originally agreed to testify along with the heads of two other companies, but abruptly canceled. Democratic Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney of New York says the company also hasn’t provided all the information the committee needs for its investigation into gunmaker profits from AR-15-style weapons.

Some family members of the people killed or wounded during a 2019 shooting at a California garlic festival are suing the companies that distributed the rifle used in the attack that killed three and wounded 17. Two similar lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Vermont on July 28 allege Century International Arms and Romanian firearm producer ROMARM did not take sufficient care to prevent misuse of the firearm used in the attack. Century International Arms is based in Delray Beach, Florida, but has a facility in Georgia, Vermont, where the ROMARM AK-style rifles are modified to comply with U.S. law.

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Few Americans outside law enforcement ever see the most graphic videos or photos from the nation’s worst mass shootings. In most states, such evidence is only displayed at trial and most such killers die during their attacks. They never make it to court. That makes the penalty phase in the trial over the 2018 murders of 17 at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School unusual. Images of the horrific aftermath are being shown in court, but only to jurors, and to a small group of journalists. Some people believe the public should see such images also, so they can understand the carnage AR-15s and similar guns cause. Others say that would cause emotional harm to the victims’ families and perhaps stoke future mass shootings.

A spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers says there is no evidence that the fatal shooting of three siblings by their 15-year-old brother was premeditated. Authorities say the 15-year-old also killed himself. Troopers spokesperson Tim DeSpain says there were “no obvious reasons" for what happened. The children were killed Tuesday in a home near Fairbanks. Troopers say the parents were not home at the time of the shootings. Three other siblings in the home were not hurt. DeSpain says that after the shots were fired, a neighbor discovered the bodies and called 911.

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A U.S. House investigation has found that gun manufacturers have taken in more than $1 billion from selling AR-15-style guns over the past decade. And sales of those rifles, sometimes marketed to young males as a sign of manhood, have been rising, according to a report unveiled Wednesday. The revenue has come as such weapons have been used in mass shootings that have horrified the nation, including one that left 10 people dead at a grocery store in Buffalo and another where 19 children and two teachers were shot to death in Uvalde, Texas. Firearm company CEOs testified at a committee hearing that their products are legal and they are horrified by violence but guns themselves aren't to blame.

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The fatal shooting of a police officer and attempted assault of Rep. Lee Zeldin in separate incidents in Rochester have heightened state Republican officials' cries for more stringent state bail laws – tougher than those "retooled" by Gov. Kathy Hochul in this year's state budget – as well as measures to reduce violence in Rochester and upstate New York.

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Police have announced an arrest in the shooting death of a Rochester police officer, in what authorities say was an ambush. A second officer and a 15-year-old girl were wounded. Police on Friday said they arrested a 21-year-old Massachusetts resident and charged him with murder and other counts. The two plainclothes officers were attacked Thursday night while in a vehicle on duty. Police say the suspect was found hiding in the crawl space of a vacant nearby home and that a loaded 9 mm handgun used in the shooting was recovered.

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California is punching back against two recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions as Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a gun control law patterned after a Texas anti-abortion law. He signed the bill Friday, a month after conservative justices overturned women’s constitutional right to abortions and undermined gun control laws in states including California. Newsom is stitching the two controversial topics together in allowing people to sue anyone who distributes several types of illegal weapons. His bill is patterned after a Texas law allowing citizens to sue anyone who provides or assists in providing an abortion. Newsom ran ads criticizing Texas' governor while saying other states should adopt California's version.

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Gripped by gun violence that’s affecting cities across the nation, the mayor of Portland, Oregon, has issued a new emergency declaration with the goal of reducing gun killings by at least 10% over the next two years. The initiative announced Thursday directs $2.4 million to community groups and prevention efforts. Mayor Ted Wheeler said the goal was to reduce gun violence in the short and long term by increasing partnerships with community groups and local outreach.

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A federal lawsuit filed Thursday alleges Chicago police misused “unreliable” gunshot detection technology in investigating a grandfather from the city’s South Side who was charged with killing a neighbor. The lawsuit filed by the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University’s law school seeks damages from the city on behalf of 65-year-old Michael Williams, who says he still suffers from a tremor in his hand that developed while he was locked up in jail for nearly a year. The Associated Press reported last year that a judge dismissed his case at the request of prosecutors, who said they had insufficient evidence.

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