Assault Weapons

NYS Attorney General's Office

The Canadian government is banning 1,500 assault-style weapons. The cabinet order that takes effect immediately doesn't forbid ownership, but it does ban the trade in military-style weapons.

Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET

On the presidential campaign trail in Iowa and on the op-ed page of The New York Times, former Vice President Joe Biden has made the case for going back to a nationwide ban on assault weapons and making it "even stronger."

Some have reacted with quizzical expressions: "Back?" "Stronger?"

Updated at 7:15 p.m. ET

President Trump visited survivors of the shooting in Dayton, Ohio, on Wednesday before heading to El Paso, Texas, the site of the weekend's other deadly violence. Trump remained out of public view during the Dayton stop.

On the ground in El Paso, Trump said, "We had an amazing day."

"The love, the respect, for the office of the presidency, it was — I wish you could have been in there to see it," he told reporters.

Updated at 7:40 p.m. ET

Walmart and Dick's Sporting Goods say they won't sell guns to customers under 21, and both are putting new restrictions on ammunition sales.

Dick's Sporting Goods, one of the largest sports retailers in the U.S., has announced it is immediately ending its sales of military-style semi-automatic rifles and is requiring all customers to be older than 21 to buy a firearm at its stores. Additionally, the company no longer will sell high-capacity magazines.

April 15 , besides being tax day, is the first day that owners of semi-automatic weapons will be required to register their guns with the state police. Gun owners who do want to comply say they are confused over how to register.

Taking a shot at statewide gun buyback

Sep 29, 2013
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Attorney General Eric Schneiderman kicked off his statewide gun buyback program in Rochester on Saturday.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to target stricter gun control laws in his State of the State address on Wednesday.

Senate Republicans got a jump on the issue Saturday by introducing proposals that would stiffen laws regarding the possession, sale and use of illegal guns.

The party did not mention assault weapons, but the Independent Democratic Conference, caucusing with the Republicans, is planning to propose the toughest assault weapons ban in the nation.