A federal judge on Thursday rejected a short-term stay of a decision that blocked the District from enforcing a key provision of its restrictive concealed-carry laws -- prompting the city to move to issue carry permits to the gun owners who had sued after being denied permits.
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By Kelly Riddell - The Washington Times
The National Rifle Association is planning a major voter-outreach program for the 2016 presidential election, buoyed by its success in targeted elections last year and hoping to capitalize on Americans' growing belief that gun ownership will make them safer as fear of crime rises, its chief lobbyist says. Published May 19, 2015
D.C. officials have asked a judge to let the city enforce a central element of its restrictive concealed-carry law -- the requirement that handgun owners demonstrate a "good reason" for a permit to carry -- while a lawsuit over the matter works its way through the federal court system.
Residents of Arlington, Virginia -- which in 2012 overwhelmingly voted for President Obama and sits directly across the Potomac River from the nation's capital -- are trying to bully Marine Corps veteran James Gates, 28, from opening a gun shop in their neighborhood.
Former Navy SEAL and "Lone Survivor" author Marcus Luttrell has put his name on a line of ammunition.
A Georgia man says he has no regrets after he turned the tables on a would-be carjacker and held him on the ground at gunpoint until police arrived.
Sen. Ted Cruz is asking lawmakers to consider allowing troops to carry personal firearms on base for protection, reviving a fight that has previously been a nonstarter with Congress after military leaders said they didnt support the change.
A federal judge this week put on hold the District of Columbia's requirement that gun owners demonstrate a "good reason" in order to receive a concealed carry permit — saying the licensing scheme deprives citizens of their Second Amendment rights.
One of the most difficult 2014 congressional races, from the NRA's perspective, took place in Arizona, where former Rep.Gabrielle Gifford's one-time chief of staff was running for re-election. Ron Barber had been elected in 2012 after Gifford was shot by a mentally unbalanced shooter in 2011. As she was recovering, Gifford emerged as a major public advocate for firearms restrictions.
There is nothing that infuriates Colorado firearms owners more than the 15-round ammunition magazine limit enacted two years ago by Democrats, but a proposal to raise the limit to 30 rounds has split the states gun rights movement.
The 2014 Senate elections were among the most expensive in history because so much was at stake. The Republicans were fighting for control of the Senate, and the Democrats were doing everything they could to hold on to that control. The battle raged in more than 10 swing states.
Given the lack of empirical data, the common wisdom among candidates, campaign managers and pundits is that while gun rights may be in an issue in Southern, Western and rural areas, candidates running in suburban districts should be leery of NRA support. The NRA's 2014 exit polling focused on just such a congressional district to see if the conventional wisdom is correct.
As a freedom-lover and avid outdoorsman, I understand the importance of protecting the Second Amendment, which has been under attack by liberal special interest groups funded by elitist billionaires. The number-one defender of the Second Amendment rights is the National Rifle Association. The NRA works tirelessly to elect pro-Second Amendment candidates, and it fights fearlessly to win tough public policy battles and preserve those rights.
The Pew Research Center recently released poll data showing that today, 63 percent of Americans believe having a firearm in their home is the best way to protect themselves and their families from crime. Only 30 percent disagreed. These numbers, released just two years after the tragic school shootings in Connecticut and the Obama administration's ultimately unsuccessful attempt to persuade Congress to enact new gun control laws, underscores the importance of the firearms debate on American politics.
As president of the National Rifle Association during the days following the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, I was on the front lines defending Second Amendment rights against President Barack Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a network of gun control advocates who used that tragedy to promote a gun control agenda that, had it been in place on Dec. 14, 2012, would not have prevented the tragedy.
The American firearms industry is as healthy as ever, seeing an unprecedented surge that has sent production of guns soaring to more than 10.8 million manufactured in 2013 alone — double the total of just three years earlier.
Former Clinton aide George Stephanopoulos tried to spark a gun debate inside the White House in 1994 over a memo calling for Democrats to be more cognizant of the political consequences of anti-gun policies, according to documents from the Clinton Presidential Library.
Responding to a call for stricter enforcement of gun laws, the White House Tuesday blamed Republican lawmakers for failing to adequately fund federal efforts to regulate firearms.
A federal judge on Monday put on hold the District's requirement that gun owners demonstrate a "good reason" in order to receive a concealed carry permit -- saying the licensing scheme deprives citizens of their Second Amendment rights.
The National Rifle Association is planning a major voter-outreach program for the 2016 presidential election, buoyed by its success in targeted elections last year and hoping to capitalize on Americans' growing belief that gun ownership will make them safer as fear of crime rises, its chief lobbyist says.
A West Virginia mother is suing the Logan County Board of Education for violating her teenage son's constitutional rights after he was charged and suspended for wearing an National Rifle Association T-shirt to school.
A 95-year-old World War II veteran used his cane to fight off a would-be robber in Manchester, New Hampshire, over the weekend, police said.
U.S. Capitol Police said an independent body is investigating the source of a leak to the Roll Call newspaper that cited three separate instances this year when security detail allegedly left loaded guns unattended on the Capitol complex.
A young child found a loaded handgun in Speaker John Boehner's bathroom on Capitol Hill, in one of at least three instances when Capitol police misplaced their Glocks this year, according to a Roll Call analysis.
The research director for Everytown for Gun Safety, the gun control advocacy group co-founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, recently refused to appear for an on-air debate with longtime gun law researcher John Lott on C-SPAN's "Washington Journal."
The Army is asking the gun industry to build new components for its soldiers' primary weapon — the M4 carbine — a move that experts say is a tacit admission that the service has been supplying a flawed rifle that lacks the precision of commercially available guns.
Major contributors to a conservative group have been offered a special invitation to shoot machine guns with Robert O'Neill, the former Navy SEAL credited with killing al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, at a price of $50,000 a ticket.
An attempted robbery in Fort Worth, Texas, was thwarted when a gun-toting grandmother told her would-be assailant to "back off or I'll blow your head off."
Sen. Ted Cruz is asking lawmakers to consider allowing troops to carry personal firearms on base for protection, reviving a fight that has previously been a nonstarter with Congress after military leaders said they didn't support the change.
No charges will be filed against a Chicago Uber driver who used his licensed concealed weapon to shoot a gunman who opened fire on a crowd of pedestrians Friday night, authorities said.
Texans could soon be allowed to openly carry handguns, a change gun-rights activists have been seeking for years.
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Mike Bloomberg put $50 million into Tuesday's elections, and he doesn't have much to show for it. Someone, perhaps the Koch brothers, ought to treat him to a Big Gulp. The onetime mayor of New York City organized a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, meant to rival the National Rifle Association, and with a lot more money. The new group was supposed to put gun control on the front burner. Instead, the gun-control candidates got scorched on the back burner.
D.C. officials have a tough time trying to comply with the U.S. Constitution when it comes to gun rights.
Last year, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut, the Obama administration and then-New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg worked to put together a "coalition of the willing" to join them in a war on the Second Amendment and hit upon Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper as a likely recruit.
With the senseless killing of a mother walking through Central Park last week by a madman on a bicycle, it is high time that society take a hard look at what is sure to be a thorny issue: Is it finally time to ban bikes once and for all?
Americans in growing numbers are unhappy about depending on government for survival — life-and-death survival, not just dependence on government for food stamps, health care, housing or even cash.
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A federal judge on Thursday rejected a short-term stay of a decision that blocked the District from enforcing a key provision of its restrictive concealed-carry laws — prompting the city to move to issue carry permits to the gun owners who had sued after being denied permits.
Texas lawmakers on Thursday negotiated a final version of a bill allowing licensed open carry of handguns, easing concerns of police and priming it for a vote that would send it to Gov. Greg Abbott.
The Republican-controlled state Senate supported a proposal Thursday that would make Maine the sixth state in the country to allow people to carry concealed handguns without a permit, sending the measure to the Democratic-led House.
Legislation to let people carry a concealed weapon without a permit has died for the year in South Carolina.
Florida gun owners who don't have a concealed weapons permit can now take their firearms with them while fleeing a hurricane.
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The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.
Attorney General Eric Holder blamed “the gun lobby” for being behind his 2012 contempt vote in Congress, in one of many heated exchanges with House Republicans Tuesday.
A Republican state senator in Oklahoma took a swipe at CNN host Piers Morgan by filing pro-gun legislation in Oklahoma that he named after the vocal gun-control advocate.
Gun records checks, fueled by a post-Newtown boom of gun sales, hit a new high in 2013, and industry analysts expect ammunition to be the big seller this year as consumers catch up to all of those firearms purchases.
One year after the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., all sides of the debate — from President Obama and single-issue groups led by outgoing New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and others to powerful gun advocacy voices — sound much the same as they did 12 months ago in the immediate aftermath of one of the worst shootings in American history.
The Senate voted Monday to extend a ban on undetectable plastic guns for 10 years just hours before the act was scheduled to expire, but advocates lamented that it didn't go far enough and vowed to push forward to expand it in the near future.
The passage of a string of state "stand your ground" self-defense laws in recent years produced a partisan divide at a hearing Tuesday on Capitol Hill, with Democrats saying the laws have led to increased gun violence, often targeting minorities, while Republicans questioning the need for a hearing on the issue at all.
Breaking new ground in the state-level battle over firearms, the Democratic-dominated California state legislature has taken gun control into uncharted territory with a flurry of new bills that target not just firearms and ammunition, but also recreational hunting.
Requests for gun permits are on track to double this year in the shattered city of Newtown, Conn., where a mad gunman slaughtered 20 children and 6 educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14.
George Zimmerman may have been cleared of all charges, but New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the trial to advance his own anti-gun agenda anyway, pointing to "the tragic death of Trayvon Martin" as proof positive of the need for more regulations.
In an exclusive interview with One America News' Rick Amato, president of the National Rifle Association David Keene discusses the heated debate over gun control legislation.
Four months after the Sandy Hook school shooting, a task force set up by the National Rifle Association issued a school safety report Tuesday that calls for more trained and armed personnel on school grounds, arguing the faster someone responds with a gun during an attack, the more lives can be saved.
A new bill working through Washington state's legislature would allow local sheriffs to enter homes of gun owners to ensure their weapons are properly stored.
The president of the National Rifle Association argued Thursday that a universal background check system for gun buyers is both impracticable and unnecessary, but an effective instant check system that includes records of the adjudicated mentally ill would prevent potentially dangerous people — such as the gunman at Virginia Tech in 2007 — from getting their hands on firearms.