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Second Amendment & 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..."

Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, center, gestures during a news conference with his running mates, Lt. Gov. candidate Jill Vogel, left, and Attorney General candidate John Adams, right, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

NRA endorses Ed Gillespie over Ralph Northam in Virginia race

By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

Democrats' recent shift on gun control politics is getting a new test run this year in the Virginia governor's race, where Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam on Tuesday won the endorsement of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' gun control group, while Republican Ed Gillespie is embracing his own support from the National Rifle Association. Published August 15, 2017

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A man fires a handgun at Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range in Sandy Springs, Ga., on Jan. 4, 2013. (Associated Press)

Under Trump, gun sales fall dramatically

- The Washington Times

Gun sales appear to be slipping yet again after the Obama surge, with federal gun background checks dropping more than 20 percent last month — the biggest monthly percentage decline in more than three years.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is interviewed by The Associated Press at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador, El Salvador, on July 27, 2017. (Associated Press) **FILE**

Feds crack down on illegal guns; prosecutions up 23 percent

- The Washington Times

Federal prosecutions for possession of an unlawful firearm were up 23 percent over the past three months compared to the same time period in 2016, an increase that came after Attorney General Jeff Sessions ordered U.S. attorneys to prioritize firearms offenses, according to the Justice Department.

In this May 27, 2017, photo, Marchelle Tigner, a firearms instructor, goes over a firearms safety tips during a class in Lawrenceville, Ga. Tigner's goal is to train 1 million women how to shoot a gun in her lifetime. She is among the nation's black women gun owners who say they are picking up firearms for self-protection. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Black women picking up firearms for self-defense

- Associated Press

Sitting in a classroom above a gun range, a woman hesitantly says she isn't sure she could ever shoot and kill someone, even to protect herself. Couldn't she just aim for their leg and try to maim them?

Megan O'Leary, of St. Paul, leaves a message on the sidewalk near the scene where a Minneapolis police officer shot and killed Justine Damond, of Australia, Monday, July 17, 2017, in Minneapolis. Relatives and neighbors of the Australian woman fatally shot by Minneapolis police over the weekend demanded answers Monday about the mysterious shooting in which the meditation teacher was reportedly killed by an officer who fired from the passenger seat of a squad car as the woman stood outside the driver's door. (Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP)

Australians see woman's shooting by police as U.S. nightmare

- Associated Press

Half a world from where an Australian woman was shot dead by a Minneapolis police officer, Tuesday's front-page headline in her hometown Sydney newspaper summarized Australia's reaction in blunt terms: "AMERICAN NIGHTMARE."

An Indian paramilitary force soldier fires a pellet gun during a protest after Eid al-Fitr prayers in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Monday, June 26, 2017. Indian forces used tear gas and pellet guns to disperse hundreds of stone-throwing protesters who took to the streets after Eid al-Fitr prayers protesting Indian rule on Monday. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Second Amendment violations targeted by criminal code experts

In District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Washington, D.C.'s ban on handgun possession unconstitutionally infringed on Second Amendment rights. Yet a District law prohibiting -- with few exceptions -- ammunition in residents' homes lingers on the books.

In this June 24, 2016, file photo, an AR-15 is held in Auburn, Ga. Gun rights advocates entered the Trump era with high hopes. After years of frustration, they thought a gun-friendly president and Congress would advance their agenda. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Pro-gun agenda in Washington takes back seat to health care

- Associated Press

Gun rights advocates entered the Trump era with high hopes. After years of frustration they thought a gun-friendly president and Congress would advance their agenda. At the top of the list: a gun-owner's ability to bring a legal weapon across any state lines, a policy known as reciprocity.

Illustration on the decline of the FBI by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Why the FBI is hard to trust

- The Washington Times

Can anyone with a modicum of common sense trust the Federal Bureau of investigation? The answer to that question is a resounding "no." The claim that the FBI strives to be above politics is today and has always been absurd.

FILE - In this June 13, 2017 file photo, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. speaks at Republican National Committee Headquarters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Liberal groups resistant to Republican policies say they have no plans to change their tactics or approach after a gunman apparently driven by his hatred of President Donald Trump opened fire at a GOP baseball practice, grievously injuring a top Republican congressman and several others. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Sitting ducks in Congress

Sitting members of Congress should not be sitting ducks. Last week's shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and several Republican staff members at a baseball field in suburban Washington revealed them to be exactly that. They can thank the District of Columbia's excessive and spiteful firearms restrictions. Laws hindering their ability to carry a concealed weapon should be relaxed to enable members of Congress and other law-abiding Washingtonians to protect themselves.

Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, speaks Sept. 4, 2013, with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Calm now, more hysteria later

Keeping calm to carry on is not always regarded as a virtue in Washington, where there's always a television camera nearby or a reporter with a pad and a pencil at the ready. Making partisan noise is the name of the game with an infinite number of players. Never let a crisis go to waste, and all that.

Joshua Goodman navigates through obstacles in the woods in Jackson, Georgia, on April 1, 2017, during training exercises with the militia, Georgia Security Force. Armed militias in the United States, still wary of perceived threats, foreign and domestic, aren't ready to lay down their arms under President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Under Trump, U.S. militias not ready to lay down arms

- Associated Press

In the woods south of Atlanta, John and Yvette DeMaria are with about a dozen camouflage-wearing, heavily armed Americans huffing and puffing as they scramble to navigate the sprawling piece of property where they train, one weekend a month, to ward off enemies -- foreign or domestic.

Recent Opinion Columns

Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger plays in their NCAA college spring football game Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Guns are big, but football's bigger

Guns are big in Arkansas, but hogs and football can be bigger. The National Rifle Association took on the Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas over a law that would have enabled fans to take their guns to the game, and the Razorbacks won.

Ownership of the AR-15 Rifle Included in the Constitution Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why the Second Amendment protects the AR-15

For decades the federal judiciary has been trying to interpret the Second Amendment out of the Constitution. It is, as Sanford Levinson has termed it, an "embarrassment" to an elite class of legal scholars that finds firearms to be unusual and repulsive objects. Now the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declared that the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle is not covered by the Second Amendment, despite that fact that is the most common rifle sold in the United States. This execrable decision is the latest outrage in a long series of disingenuous judicial contortions.

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.

From The Vault

Seth Conrad Rich, a DNC staffer, was killed in July near his home in the District of Columbia. (Image via Rich's LinkedIn profile.)

The strange case of Seth Rich

- The Washington Times

This is the unfortunate story of the killing of a young man named Seth Conrad Rich, a Nebraska-born and -reared young man whose death by two gunshots has resulted in conspiracy theories of the worst kind.