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Second Amendment and Gun Control

The latest news coverage, opinion and information on Second Amendment rights and gun control. The Second Amendment states "a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed..."

"It's the only industry in our country where we have given that kind of carte blanche to do whatever you want to do with no fear of legal consequences," Hillary Clinton said of the gun industry. (Associated Press)

Hillary takes aim at Sanders on guns

By Kelly Riddell - The Washington Times

With her lead over Sen. Bernard Sanders evaporating in polls in Iowa and New Hampshire, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton is turning to the issue of guns, hoping a spate of high-profile shootings will boost her campaign and drive a wedge between Mr. Sanders and the liberal voters he champions. Published January 11, 2016

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Facebook announces stricter policy on firearms sales

- Associated Press

Facebook says it's cracking down on online gun sales, announcing Friday a new policy barring private individuals from advertising or selling firearms on the world's largest social network.

FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2015 file photo, Transportation Security Administration agents check travelers identifications at a security check point area in Terminal 3 at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. Fliers who don't have the latest driver's licenses will have a two-year reprieve before their IDs are rejected at airport security checkpoints. Many travelers had been worried that the Transportation Security Administration would penalize them because of a federal law requiring the more-stringent IDs at the start of this year. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

TSA seizes record number of firearms in 2015

- The Washington Times

TSA screeners seized more than 2,600 firearms from carry-on luggage in 2015, the airport security agency said Thursday, acknowledging the dubious new record as it announced its year-end totals.

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre has asked President Obama to join him in a one-on-one debate about gun control in a new video. (Image from NRA video)

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre invites Obama to a one-on-one gun debate

- The Washington Times

The National Rifle Association has taken cryptic note of the White House lately, following President Obama's constant push toward gun control as a part of his legacy. NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre says that Mr. Obama has chosen to attack "what he misunderstands most about America--the Second Amendment, gun owners and the NRA." Mr. La Pierre also has issued an invitation to the president via a public video message.

Handguns are displayed at Metro Shooting Supplies in Bridgeton, Mo. (Associated Press)

Gun sales head to home shopping channel

- The Washington Times

Gun shop owners in California's Coachella Valley are feeling cautiously optimistic about the coming launch of a firearms-exclusive home shopping channel being produced in their own backyard.

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in this Dec. 29, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ** FILE **

Donald Trump: 'Pretty soon, you won't be able to get guns'

- The Washington Times

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Monday slammed President Obama's plans for executive action on gun control, saying that pretty soon, people won't be able to get guns and that the president is more interested in golfing than forging consensus on the issue.

FILE - In this April 4, 2013, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, second from right, gestures gestures at the conclusion of a legislation signing ceremony as parents of two Sandy Hook shooting victims look on, at the Capitol in Hartford, Conn. Malloy proposed using an executive order to ban gun sales to people on federal no-fly lists. On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, he said he was working with the White House and Justice Department for Connecticut officials to be able to use the watch lists directly, rather than relying on a check conducted through the NCIC process. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

States explore blocking gun sales to terror watch lists

- Associated Press

Congress may have declined to ban the sale of guns to people on federal terrorism watch lists, but one state -- New Jersey -- has, at least theoretically, been stopping such purchases since 2013.

Students at the University of Texas at Arlington were told to "shelter in place" Wednesday after a man was spotted carrying what appeared to be a gun on campus. (Wikipedia)

Man carrying tripod causes gun scare at UT Arlington

- The Washington Times

University of Texas at Arlington officials on Wednesday sent out a "shelter in place" warning to students after a man in army fatigues was spotted walking on campus carrying what was thought to be a gun, but was actually a camera tripod.

The TechSling smart device holster is displayed at the Tech Slinger booth during the International CES, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Court rules D.C. residents need a 'reason' to carry guns

- The Washington Times

A federal judge's ruling that barred the District from requiring gun owners to demonstrate a "good reason" to obtain a concealed carry permit was vacated Tuesday by an appeals court that found the judge did not have authority to rule on the case.

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Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, asks questions about open carry legislation during the final days of the 84th Texas legislature regular session on Friday, May 29, 2015 at the Texas state capitol in Austin, Texas.  Open carry in Texas is just a signature away from becoming law, as the House and Senate voted in rapid succession Friday to send the contentious bill to Gov. Greg Abbott. The measure, opposed by most Democrats, would allow licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in belt or shoulder holsters. Abbott, a Republican, said emphatically on Friday that he would sign open carry into law. (Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News)

Texas poised to allow open carry of handguns

- Associated Press

Texas lawmakers on Friday approved carrying handguns openly on the streets of the nation's second most-populous state, sending the bill to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who immediately promised to sign it and reverse a ban dating to the post-Civil War era.

In this Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, file photo, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg smiles prior to be conferred with the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by France's Foreign minister Laurent Fabius, at the Quai d'Orsay, in Paris. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

EDITORIAL: Bloomberg's wasted millions

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.

Illustration on gun control in Colorado by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Colorado's Second Amendment wildfire

- The Washington Times

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.

Bicyclists make their way down Pacific Coast Highway, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Huntington Beach, Calif. Under statewide regulations taking effect Tuesday, drivers must give bikes a buffer zone of at least three feet while passing. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

It's time for bicycle sense in America

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?

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In this Jan. 14, 2013, file photo, white roses with the faces of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are attached to a telephone pole near the school on the one-month anniversary of the shooting that left 26 dead in Newtown, Conn. The second anniversary of the shooting was Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Newtown victims' families sue gunmaker, seller

- Associated Press

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.

Official White House photo of President Obama shooting a shotgun on Aug. 4, 2012.

Gun sales hit new record, ammo boom to follow

- The Washington Times

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.

In this Dec. 14, 2012, file photo, Robert and Alissa Parker, at right, leave a firehouse staging area following a shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Gunman Adam Lanza opened fire inside the school, killing 26 children and adults, including the Parkers' daughter Emilie Parker, 6. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Clinging to gun control positions — more change, but more of the same

- The Washington Times

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.

Witnesses, from left, Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Harvard Law School; David LaBahn, Association of Prosecuting Attorneys president and CEO; Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at Cato Institute; John R. Lott, Jr., president, Crime Prevention Research Center of Swarthmore, Pa.; and Lucia McBath of Atlanta, Ga.; are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, prior to testifying before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on so-called "stand your ground laws."      (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

'Stand your ground' gun laws produce partisan divide at Hill hearing

- The Washington Times

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.

National School Shield Task Force director Asa Hutchinson speaks during a news conference at National Press Club in Washington on April 2, 2013. The National School Shield program is a framework to arm security guards in any school system who want to be part of the program. (Associated Press)

NRA-funded task force wants more armed personnel in schools

- The Washington Times

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.