Just days before he shot to death a 17-year-old German exchange student, Markus Kaarma told hair stylists he had been waiting up to shoot some kids who were burglarizing homes.
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..."
By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times
It's been six years since Robert L. Smith retired from his job as a corrections officer at the D.C. Jail, but he says he still receives threats from former inmates he supervised. He keeps a legally registered handgun inside his Southwest D.C. home, but he would like to be able to carry it to protect himself. Published December 18, 2014
The D.C. Council on Wednesday approved the permanent version of concealed carry laws meant to comply with a federal court ruling that overturned the District's ban on the carrying of firearms in public.
A 14-year-old boy whose father was murdered six years ago says he was protecting his grandmother after he fatally shot a man who was trying to break into his grandparents' home on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The 2014 shooting season started on a down note for World Champion Law Enforcement 3-gun shooter Craig Calkins. On the second day of the Superstition Mystery Mountain 3-Gun Match in Mesa, Ariz., Calkins' AR-15 suffered a huge trigger problem.
The American Revolution, and all that has followed, serves in many ways to explain the history of Americans and guns. From the farmers who confronted British regulars at Lexington and Concord to the men and women on the front lines fighting today as part of the War on Terror, Americans have relied on and developed a unique relationship with and appreciation for firearms and the shooting sports.
Walter Reed's staff and its patients maintain a close relationship with our team at Freedom Alliance. Because of the military medical center's proximity to our headquarters, we tend to make friends there frequently.
When Iowa's newly elected Republican senator is sworn in next month, she will be the first woman veteran to serve in the United States Senate, a chamber boasting fewer and fewer members who have served in the armed forces. Sen.-elect Jodi Ernst, a lieutenant colonel in the Iowa National Guard, has served in the Guard and Reserves for some 21 years and spent 14 months as a company commander in Kuwait during the first Gulf War.
Many of my best friends at the Olympic Training Center complex in Colorado Springs are Paralympic athletes. I'm also close to many former and current warriors in various military branches. However, my experience at the 2014 Warrior Games touched me more deeply than I ever expected.
As a veteran of the Marine Corps and a dedicated hunter, I have enjoyed a lifetime relying on and enjoying firearms. I have carried them into battle, trained others in their safe and effective use, shot competitively and spent as much time as I can hunting game for the table each fall. It is a passion I share with millions of other veterans. Many, like me, are fervent supporters of the 2nd Amendment and members of the National Rifle Association, where I serve as Secretary.
Visit a gun range, attend a competitive shoot, take to the field during the hunting season or attend a gun show and you'll run into veterans of the military enjoying their day as recreational shooters, hunters and gun collectors.
My daughter enlisted in the Army not too long after Sept. 11, 2001. Before she was through, she managed to survive two tours in Iraq and a year in Afghanistan. Upon her return, she bought herself an AR-15, the semi-automatic version of the rifle she carried while on active duty. She takes it to the range and enjoys shooting.
The Senate Monday voted to confirm President Obama's nominee for U.S. surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy after more than a year of delays, according to multiple news reports.
The Defense Department has been testing a type of .50 caliber bullet that can change direction, midflight.
Veterans and other gun enthusiasts looking to fire off a few rounds have a recently opened 65,000-square-foot facility just miles from the nation's capital as a new option.
Scott Drummond, 45, is used to a busy holiday season. A little more than a decade ago, his $1.2 million, 14,000-square-foot, newly opened Pintail Peninsula Lodge in Stuttgart, Arkansas, was full of Wall Street guests, eager to hunt mallard ducks by day and sleep in five-star luxury at night.
An Army veteran who was ordered by Georgia election officials to remove his National Rifle Association hat before voting has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state.
Support for gun rights is higher than it's been in decades, according to the latest data from the Pew Research Center that signals a stunning turnaround in how Americans feel about the issue just two years after the Newtown school shooting.
Activists have secured enough petition signatures to send a measure that would tighten Nevada's gun purchase background laws to the state legislature and, if lawmakers don't act, to the ballot for voters to decide on.
The gun control group co-founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is gearing up for a "significant" legislative push in more than a dozen states, according to USA Today.
Rep. Ryan Guillen, a Democratic lawmaker in Texas, said kids shouldn't be tossed out of school for biting Pop-Tarts and other edibles into the shape of guns — and he's brought forward a bill to "fix this" scenario.
Washington's new background check requirement for all firearm sales and transfers went into effect on Thursday, and the group behind the new law announced its goals for the next legislative session.
Maryland's two-week firearm deer season is opening with more Sunday hunting opportunities and other rule changes aimed reducing the whitetail population.
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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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Early this morning, Senate Bills 789 and 790 passed in the Michigan House of Representatives and received a prompt concurrence vote in the state Senate. In the state House, SB 789 passed by an 84 to 26 vote and SB 790 passed by an 85 to 25 vote
Today at a public signing ceremony, Governor John Kasich (R) signed into law House Bill 234, comprehensive pro-gun reform legislation. HB 234 will take effect in ninety days.
Last week, Congress approved the Fiscal Year 2015 Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act. Included in the Act were a number of pro-gun provisions that prevent the Obama administration from implementing its anti-gun agenda.
In a groundbreaking opinion examining the Gun Control Act’s categorical prohibition on firearm possession for persons who have been “committed to a mental institution,” the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit determined the Second Amendment prohibited application of the ban to an individual who had been committed 28 years earlier and had no viable option for seeking restoration of his rights.
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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.