National Rifle Association

NRA, confident after victory in Congress, opens convention

NRA, confident after victory in Congress, opens convention

Fresh off a huge victory over President Barack Obama on gun control, the message from the National Rifle Association is clear: The fight has just begun. The powerful gun rights lobby gathers in Houston this weekend for its annual convention and organizers anticipate a rollicking, Texas-sized party — both to celebrate the victory in Washington […]

Arizona now forcing municipalities to sell guns from buy-back programs

Arizona now forcing municipalities to sell guns from buy-back programs

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on Monday signed legislation forcing municipalities to resell firearms from gun buy-back programs rather than destroy them, closing a loophole in the conservative state’s laws. Brewer, a Republican and staunch gun rights advocate, signed the bill preventing local governments from melting down the weapons obtained from these popular civic events. Before […]

More Republicans backing increased background checks on gun buyers

More Republicans backing increased background checks on gun buyers

With the Senate set to begin debate on gun control legislation this week, a proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers picked up some key Republican support over the weekend. But it may not be enough to ensure the measure is adopted. Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine issued a statement Sunday saying that […]

Senate debate on gun background checks starts next week

Senate debate on gun background checks starts next week

The first hurdle cleared with deceptive ease, the Senate turns to the heart of the battle over curbing gun violence next week when it considers a proposal to expand required federal background checks to gun shows and online firearms sales. In a bipartisan 68-31 vote Thursday, senators rejected an effort by conservatives to block debate […]

Background check compromise gives new life to gun control in Senate

The Senate is ready to launch an emotion-charged debate on new gun restrictions, four months after the carnage at a Connecticut elementary school spurred President Barack Obama and Congress to address firearms violence. In an opening showdown Thursday, senators were scheduled to vote on an attempt by conservatives to scuttle the Democratic bill before debate […]

Loud minorities often prevail in gun debate

Loud minorities often prevail in gun debate

At first glance, it seems Republicans are verging on a blunder. With about 90 percent of Americans favoring universal background checks for gun buyers, GOP lawmakers’ strong resistance might appear foolhardy. But these Republicans are making a calculated and probably safe choice, for several reasons. Their districts’ all-important GOP primaries are dominated by hard-right activists. […]

Senate near deal on background checks

Senate near deal on background checks

A bipartisan deal seems imminent on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama’s drive to curb firearms violence. Meanwhile, the Senate is ready for an opening vote on restricting guns as Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., set a roll call for Thursday on starting consideration […]

NRA proposes armed guards in all American schools

NRA proposes armed guards in all American schools

Every U.S. school would have armed, trained personnel under a proposal funded by the powerful National Rifle Association and unveiled on Tuesday in response to December’s massacre at a Connecticut school. The proposal of the National School Shield Task Force also includes security accords between schools and law enforcement, an online safety assessment tool for […]

Gun control advocates struggle to win over reluctant Democrats

Gun control advocates struggle to win over reluctant Democrats

  It would seem a lobbyist’s dream: rounding up votes for a proposal backed by more than 8 in 10 people in polls. Yet, gun control supporters are struggling to win over moderate Democrats in their drive to push expanded background checks for firearms purchasers through the Senate next month. Backed by a $12 million […]

Both sides of gun debate get loud and demanding

Both sides of gun debate get loud and demanding

Two of the loudest voices in the gun debate say it’s up to voters now to make their position known to Congress. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and National Rifle Associate Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre claim their opposing views on guns have the support of the overwhelming number of Americans. They are looking at […]