• Former McAuliffe ally turns against him on gun compromise

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — One of Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s biggest donors and political allies has turned against him with an advertisement campaign condemning him for a deal he struck with GOP leaders on gun policy.

  • William Basore, co-owner of Centerfire Shooting Sports, talks during a tour of the shooting range and firearms company in Olathe, Kan., Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Basore said he tried to insure his new car under a commercial policy he was originally given while running a construction company, but that he was denied coverage last fall because of his gun business. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

    Legislatures consider special protections for gun industry

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A terse letter from Andrew Clyde’s credit card-processing company explained it was discontinuing his corporate account because his Georgia firearms business “no longer met our underwriting guidelines.” In a panic, Clyde called three other companies, which denied him, too.

  • Committee suggests domestic violence gun law for New Mexico

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers’ push this year to crack down on violent crime doesn’t include legislation that would strengthen laws to keep firearms from domestic abusers — despite recommendations from a state review team and a trend that has seen other states take such action.

  • Hollie Ayers poses for a photo while reminiscing about her late son, Michael, 2, at her home in Bedford, Pa., on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Michael was shot and killed in front of her by her abusive ex-husband in 2013. She was shot in the face and the leg. Her ex-husband killed himself after the rampage. (AP Photo/ John Beale)

    States taking action to keep guns out of abusers’ hands

    IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — More than a dozen states have strengthened laws over the past two years to keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers, a rare area of consensus in the nation’s highly polarized debate over guns.