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Clinton And Trump, Who Disagree Sharply On Gun Rights, Seem To Agree On ‘No Fly, No Buy’ Restriction

One of the starkest differences on policy that exists between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is on guns, specifically what limitations there should be on gun ownership and the role of Congress and the courts in establishing clear guidelines.

September 27, 2016
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In Pennsylvania Senate Race, Unfamiliar Battle Lines On Gun Rights

As he seeks re-election to his U.S. Senate seat this November, Pennsylvania’s Pat Toomey can make an unusual claim. He is the sole Republican nationwide running with the endorsement of top U.S. gun control advocates Gabby Giffords and Michael Bloomberg.

September 16, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association's during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., May 20, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II

Trump Panders On Guns After NRA Endorsement

Echoing his history of waffling on abortion, Trump took a maximalist position on the issue at hand in order to make the group of people directly in front of him satisfied with his show of ultra-conservatism.

May 20, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz is accompanied by his wife Heidi and daughter Caroline as he speaks about the primary election results in Florida, Ohio and Illinois during a campaign rally in Houston, Texas March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Trish Badger

5 Reasons The GOP Shouldn’t Trade Donald Trump For Ted Cruz

Here’s why the party may regret trading a dangerous demagogue who will say anything to win for a dangerous demagogue who actually believes the terrible things he says.

April 4, 2016

In 2016, Marco Rubio Is Both Sunny And Ominous

Sen. Marco Rubio has adopted a darker tone in the first week of 2016, deploying increasingly apocalyptic rhetoric and fiercer attacks on Republican rivals that provide a stark contrast with the relatively non-confrontational brand of sunny optimism that had characterized his presidential campaign through 2015.

January 8, 2016

Wal-Mart Workers On Pistol Patrol As Law Lets Texans Tote Guns

Managers at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in Texas have a new task to add to their list of duties: asking customers if they have a permit to carry a handgun.

January 8, 2016
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NRA And Michael Bloomberg Square Off Over Guns; Who’s Winning?

Both sides of the gun issue claim to be winning the hearts, minds and votes of Americans.

November 2, 2015
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The Right To Be Free From Guns

What’s needed is a long-term national effort to change popular attitudes toward handgun ownership. And we need to insist on protecting the rights of Americans who do not want to be anywhere near guns.

June 25, 2015
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Gun Rights Vs. Public Discomfort In Georgia

“There is not an airport official in the world who would say that carrying an AR-15 makes sense. So the question is why would that be allowed to happen?”

June 12, 2015
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Obsession With Guns Now Infects College Campuses

College campuses don’t have enough problems with rapes, binge drinking, and cheating. The Texas Legislature had to add concealed weapons to the mix.

June 6, 2015

“Republicans Ain’t Done Nothin’ For Me” — A Tea Partier Confesses He Might Vote For Hillary

This “Commie-hating, Obama-hating, lead-spraying” gun enthusiast and stalwart Republican voter for 32 years decided he likes his Obamacare.

April 16, 2015

Nearly 9 Percent Of Americans Are Angry, Impulsive, And Have A Gun, Study Says

What’s more, 1.5 percent of people who have these anger issues carry their guns outside the home. Tread lightly.

April 9, 2015

Even With His Troubled History, Law Let School Shooter Have Guns

By Caitlin Cruz, The Seattle Times SEATTLE — After Aaron Ybarra’s deadly assault at Seattle Pacific University in June, some wondered why the suicidal, psychotic 27-year-old was allowed to have a gun in the first place. After all, Ybarra possessed a well-documented history of mental illness: homicidal fantasies, emergency room visits for alcohol poisoning, two […]

August 20, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Against DC Ban On Carrying Guns

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — A federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional. The ruling by a federal judge in New York, announced late Saturday, is the latest blow to the decades-long gun law in […]

July 28, 2014

Texas Woman Gets 18 Years For Obama Ricin Plot

Washington (AFP) — A U.S. actress who tried to blame her husband for sending ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama, then-New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, and a gun control activist got 18 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Michael Schneider sentenced Shannon Guess Richardson to 216 months in federal prison on a biological weapons charge […]

July 17, 2014
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Gun Laws And What The Second Amendment Intended

By Michael Waldman, The Seattle Times As school shootings erupt with sickening regularity, Americans once again are debating gun laws. Quickly talk turns to the Second Amendment. But what does it mean? History offers some surprises: It turns out in each era, the meaning is set not by some pristine constitutional text, but by the […]

July 14, 2014
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Chris Christie Vetoes Bill To Decrease Capacity Of Gun Magazines

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have reduced the capacity of gun magazines from 15 to 10 bullets, a small change that in the heated atmosphere surrounding gun issues is enough to raise the political temperature. Gun control advocates and Democrats had pushed the […]

July 3, 2014

Supreme Court Upholds Key Element In Federal Gun Laws

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has upheld federal gun laws that make it a crime when buying a weapon to lie about plans to give it to someone else. By a 5-4 vote, the justices agreed that a “straw purchaser” of a gun is guilty of a crime, […]

June 16, 2014

Gun Advocacy Has Now Become Parody

When I was growing up in the Cold War era, teachers instructed their pupils in the fine art of ducking under the desk as a shield against a strike from an atom bomb. That was a futile exercise, of course: A desktop provides no protection from the powerful destructive capacity of a nuclear weapon. But […]

June 14, 2014
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NRA Apologizes For Calling Texas Gun Demonstrators ‘Weird’

By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times The National Rifle Association has learned the hard way not to mess with Texas. After chastising some of its Texas supporters for bringing long guns to fast-food outlets to demonstrate their commitment to gun rights, the NRA has been forced to apologize and say its criticism was a mistake. […]

June 4, 2014

Chipotle To Customers: Don’t Bring Assault Rifles To Meals

At Chipotle, you can have a side of chips with your order, but not a military assault rifle. Following an uncomfortable situation at a Chipotle restaurant in Dallas, Texas, in which a few customers brought SKS semi-automatic rifles to enjoy along with their food, the company issued a statement in which they urged gun owners to leave their […]

May 20, 2014

5 Lowlights From The 2014 NRA Convention

AFP Photo/Karen Bleier After successfully beating back congressional attempts to strengthen gun laws, and watching firearm sales rocket to a 27-year high, one might think that the National Rifle Association would be in a good mood at its annual convention, which took place in Indianapolis over the weekend. But that wasn’t the case; as in […]

April 28, 2014

Georgia Governor Signs Broad Gun Rights Expansion

By Greg Bluestein, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ELLIJAY, Ga. — Gov. Nathan Deal signed legislation Wednesday that would vastly expand where Georgians can legally carry firearms, a proposal that has drawn heaps of praise and scorn from outside groups. “People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the […]

April 23, 2014

NRA Members Need To Step Up On Ending Gun Violence

Please, Mr. Bloomberg… leave the checkbook open, but step away from the podium. Your efforts to curb gun violence and improve firearms safety are notable. The National Rifle Association thanks you. For years, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg has been the best membership recruitment tool the NRA could hope for: a walking, talking, […]

April 22, 2014

Unclear Whether Fort Hood Gunman’s Superiors Knew He Had A Weapon

By Jeremy Schwartz, Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas—Fort Hood’s strict personal firearms policies give commanders wide latitude in questioning gun purchases by soldiers they believe might be at risk of harming themselves or others. But it’s unclear if Spc. Ivan Lopez’s superiors were aware of his March 1 purchase of a semiautomatic pistol at the Guns Galore […]

April 4, 2014