New gun law has blocked over 500 firearms from being bought by young people, attorney general says

Attorney General Merrick Garland talks during a news conference on ongoing efforts to combat violent crime in cities across the United States Friday, Jan. 5, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mariam Zuhaib)

WASHINGTON — More than 500 gun purchases have been blocked since a new gun law requiring stricter background checks for young people went into effect in 2022, Attorney General Merrick Garland said Friday, the day after a school shooting in Iowa left a sixth-grader dead.