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Second Amendment and Gun Control

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..."

Former CNN talent Chuck de Caro and Lynne Russell survived a gunfight at a Motel 6 in New Mexico on Tuesday. Mr. de Caro killed the gunman in a shootout that took place in the couple's room. Police do not plan to file charges against him. (Image: Twitter, Lynne Russell) ** FILE **

Ex-CNN reporter pulls guns during motel robbery, saves wife: 'He really is my hero'

By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

A married pair of former CNN reporters survived a robbery attempt at a New Mexico motel with the use of two personal handguns, though the encounter left the husband seriously wounded and their attacker dead. Published July 2, 2015



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Parents of victims of gun violence, pastor Ruett Foster, from left, his wife Rhonda and Anna Del Rio hold pictures of their late children, during a rally supporting a city ordinance to ban the possession of high-capacity gun magazines outside Los Angeles City Hall, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The Los Angeles City Council has voted to ban possession of high-capacity gun magazines in the wake of several deadly mass shootings around the country. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Los Angeles leaders outlaw high-capacity gun magazines

Associated Press

Leaders in Los Angeles unanimously voted to ban the sale of high-capacity gun magazines, putting the city in the middle of the debate over national gun control following mass shootings nationwide and a boost in violent crime in some large cities.

Dondie LeBlanc Breaux, mother of Mayci Breaux, center, and Kevin Breaux, right, father of Mayci, are comforted outside the Church of the Assumption, after her funeral in Franklin, La., Monday, July 27, 2015. She was one of two people killed in Thursday's movie theater shooting in Lafayette, La.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Lafayette theater shooting: No red flags reported at time of gun sale

- Associated Press

John Russell Houser's mental problems were well known to many, though perhaps not to the store that sold him the .40-caliber handgun used in a deadly attack on a Louisiana movie theater. A federal background check came back clean, the pawn shop said, with no red flags raised at the time of sale.

FILE - This Jan. 17, 2013 file photo shows Michael Kiefer of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., checking out a display of rifles at the Rock River Arms booth during the 35th annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas.  Fresh off a victory in Washington state, a leading gun control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, has targeted Oregon as the next prize in a campaign to require all gun sales go through background checks to keep them from criminals, the mentally ill and domestic abusers. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

Gun manufacturing skyrockets 140% on Obama's watch

During a time when the Obama administration is trying to prevent some senior citizens from obtaining guns, firearm production in the United States has skyrocketed to an unprecedented level.

FBI Director James Comey speaks at agency headquarters in Washington on March 25, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

James Comey, FBI chief: Dylann Roof shouldn't have been able to buy gun

- Associated Press

The gunman charged in the Charleston, South Carolina, church massacre should not been allowed to purchase the weapon used in the attack, FBI Director James Comey said Friday as he outlined a series of missed opportunities and incomplete paperwork that allowed the transaction to take place.

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

Pennsylvania court rejects law that aided NRA gun challenges

- Associated Press

A court ruling striking down a Pennsylvania law that made it easier for gun-rights advocates like the National Rifle Association to challenge local gun ordinances is drawing strong reaction from both sides of the issue.

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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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Flouting The Law, Some New Yorkers Won't Register Guns

Published July 27 2015

New York state has some of the toughest gun laws in the country. Compliance with those laws is another matter.New York passed a broad package of gun regulations after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., despite the objections of hunters and gun rights advocates. Now it appears that many gun owners are refusing to comply with a key provision that requires the registration of so-called assault weapons.

Texans protest Obama’s latest gun control plan

Published July 27 2015

Texans are firing back at a federal plan to prevent some Social Security beneficiaries from buying guns if they don’t or can’t manage their own financial affairs.Some say the proposal — which would have the Social Security Administration comply with procedures already in place to prevent gun sales to drug addicts, felons and more — is the latest move by President Barack Obama’s administration to restrict firearm use.

Johnson, Grassley Question State Department Gun Regulations

Published July 27 2015

Senators Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and Charles Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry requesting details about the State Department’s proposed changes to the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). The proposed regulations, as written, may require law-abiding citizens to procure “proper authorization” from the government before publicly speaking about firearms and other materials.

North Carolina: NRA-Supported Omnibus Bill May be Taken Up by Full Senate Today!

Published July 27 2015

As previously reported, House Bill 562, the NRA-supported omnibus, pro-gun reform bill, was reported out of the Senate Judiciary II Committee last week on a voice vote with no changes.  The bill is now on the Senate Calendar, and could be voted on by the full Senate as early as today.

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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.

FILE - 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.

National Rifle Association President David Keene (center) and NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre (right) greet Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, after a hearing Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on "What Should America Do About Gun Violence?" (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

NRA head wary on background checks, wants better instant check system

- The Washington Times

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.