The National Rifle Association endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan for re-election to his congressional seat Tuesday, saying the "lifelong outdoorsman and avid hunter" can be trusted to stave off gun-control measures favored by President Obama and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
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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 Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times
A gay gun-rights group is calling on the LGBT community to arm themselves in the wake of the Orlando, Florida, terrorist attack Sunday that left 50 people dead. Published June 13, 2016
A gunman inside a gun shop near Atlanta began shooting at police officers, who returned fire after responding to reports of a break-in at the business shortly before dawn Tuesday, Marietta police said.
President Obama told an audience at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas on Tuesday that it was easier for teenagers to obtain a gun than a book.
The chairman of the New Black Panther Party has announced plans for an armed protest at the Republican convention next week in Cleveland, according to Reuters.
Gun control legislation proposed Tuesday by Democrats would make it illegal to transfer a machine gun or semi-automatic weapon to anyone under the age of 16.
Conservative commentator and National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch required police assistance early Tuesday morning due to threatening phone calls.
Actor Wil Wheaton confused and angered a number of his fans Monday when he blamed a courthouse shooting on the National Rifle Association.
FBI data for the month of June reflects a spike in gun sales that prompted roughly 2.1 million background checks.
House Republican leaders signaled Tuesday they won't cave to Democratic demands for a vote on "no fly, no buy" gun legislation because it would strip people of their constitutional rights and reward the minority party for waging a boisterous sit-in on the chamber floor.
Hollywood actor Matt Damon used a press conference in Australia over the Fourth of July weekend to discuss his desire for a massive confiscation of U.S. guns.
A Florida family is reeling after a father accidentally shot and killed his 14-year-old son at a Sarasota gun range Sunday afternoon.
California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed six stringent gun-control measures, including a requirement that people turn in high-capacity magazines and regulations requiring background checks for ammunition sales.
The House has scheduled a vote next week on a bill to stop suspected terrorists from buying firearms from gun dealers as part of a new anti-terrorism package.
The families of some of the nine people killed in a South Carolina church are suing the FBI.
The frontman of the California thrash metal band Slayer opened up a song in Switzerland Monday night by advocating for private gun ownership.
The Seattle City Council has voted unanimously to melt down the Seattle Police Department's old firearms instead of selling them, the latest step in Mayor Ed Murray's push to reduce gun violence in the city.
Senate Democrats say they are increasingly confident that they will beat the National Rifle Association and force stricter gun control laws in the wake of the Orlando terrorist attack, insisting the tide of public opinion will swing the debate.
A South Carolina man is facing multiple attempted murder charges after he opened fire on a crowd gathering outside a nightclub early Sunday, police said.
The National Rifle Association's political action committee launched its first television ad of the presidential election cycle Wednesday -- an ad that features Mark "Oz" Geist, a security contractor who was in Benghazi, Libya, the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack.
Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr used an appearance on a local radio show to launch into an anti-NRA rant on gun control. His team recently suffered an NBA Finals loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Domestic abusers can be barred from owning guns even if their crimes were misdemeanors resulting from recklessness rather than intentional acts, the Supreme Court ruled Monday in upholding the broad scope of a 20-year-old federal law.
The FBI ought to establish a separate "no-gun" list to keep track of individuals who shouldn't be allowed to own firearms, the former director of the bureau's Terrorist Screening Center said Saturday in an interview on C-SPAN.
Kelly McGillis, the actress who played the love interest to Tom Cruise's character in "Top Gun," is arming herself after a home invasion, The Wrap reported on Friday.
House Democrats wrapped up a daylong sit-in Thursday without winning concessions on gun control, leaving town empty-handed after Republicans accused them of co-opting the chamber floor for a "publicity stunt" designed to fill party coffers.
The father of the Virginia reporter who was shot to death on live television last year charged Thursday that the "real terrorists" are the people who pledge their "allegiance" to the National Rifle Association.
The sit-in by House Democrats failed to yield the votes on gun control they had been demanding, but it did give them the chance to line their campaign coffers ahead of the November election, where they hope to cut into the Republican majority.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has issued a statement blasting legislation proposed Tuesday that would keep suspected terrorists from purchasing firearms, saying it lacks due process and unfairly targets Muslims.
Could Hillary Clinton be behind the Democratic House sit-in for gun control?
The House adjourned until July 4 around 3:15 a.m. Thursday after Republicans dealt with a bipartisan bill on the Zika virus and Democrats remained in a 1960s-style sit-in on the chamber floor to demand a vote on gun-control measures in the wake of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
The Big Three networks took advantage of the Orlando terrorist attack to further a specific agenda, according to a Media Research Center analysis released Wednesday.
Sen. Harry Reid took nearly $5,000 in campaign cash from the National Rifle Association the last time he ran for election -- which made his vicious attack on the gun group Tuesday striking.
The White House accused Senate Republicans Tuesday of allowing suspected terrorists to "buy guns with impunity" because of they didn't pass a Democratic gun-control bill.
Senators announced a bipartisan plan Tuesday to deny gun sales to those on the FBI's heightened screening lists, trying to carve a middle path between the extremes that have dominated the debate so far.
A Florida woman used a .22 caliber handgun to shoot a home intruder who was naked and covered in his own excrement.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire charged Monday that people who buy the wildly popular AR-15 semi-automatic rifle are buying it "to do bad things."
White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday called the U.S. Senate's voting down gun-related measures on Monday a "shameful display of cowardice" and lamented the lack of Republicans with the "courage" to stand up to the National Rifle Association.
They agreed on the need to "do something" about guns in the wake of Orlando, but senators couldn't find the sweet spot Monday, instead retreating to partisan corners and stalemating on competing plans to try to keep firearms out of the hands of terrorists.
A biology professor at Liberty University in Virginia has penned an op-ed arguing in favor of allowing students to carry concealed firearms on campus, saying the best way to mitigate a mass shooting is to "arm as many good people as possible."
The Supreme Court has rejected challenges to assault weapons bans in Connecticut and New York, in the aftermath of the shooting attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that left 50 people dead.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump says he was talking about additional guards or employees when it came to having guns in the Orlando club where the deadly terrorist attack took place last week.
Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association smoothed over a hiccup in their alliance Sunday, agreeing that the government's terrorist watch lists are unreliable and should not be used to revoke Second Amendment rights.
Dozens of new emoji are scheduled to become available Tuesday, including smartphone-friendly designs depicting salad bowls, scooters and six different jugglers with varying skin tones. Despite being initially approved for release, however, a rifle emoji and another involving a pistol will no longer be included in next week's update.
A Gadsden flag-inspired message appeared all over West Hollywood this week urging the LGBT community to embrace its Second Amendment rights.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden called on senators Friday to summon the "courage" to enact gun-control measures "once and for all."
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz excoriated congressional Democrats in a 23-minute speech on Thursday for using an Islamic terrorist attack as a pretext for crafting new gun-control laws.
A Virginia school board decided Thursday not to expel a 7-year-old boy who was suspended for 10 days for bringing a squirt gun and a Nerf gun to school.
Military officials Thursday said two active-duty Marines are being investigated over a social media post in which a corporal can be seen brandishing a rifle beside the caption: "Coming to a gay bar near you!"
Robert Abell, the co-owner of Lotus Gunworks in Jensen Beach, Florida, told ABC News he tried to alert the FBI about a "very suspicious" man, later identified as Orlando terrorist Omar Mateen, who entered his shop trying to buy body armor.
Chris Cox, who heads the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm, said it's both "wrong" and "offensive" to suggest the NRA wants terrorists to get their hands on guns.
Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on Thursday threw her support behind a plan to deny firearms sales to those on terrorist watch lists, brushing aside the FBI's concerns that it could interfere with their investigations and lending her backing to Democrats ahead of key votes next week.
The National Rifle Association announced Thursday that award-winning radio host Dana Loesch will join its ranks as a Special Adviser on Women's Policy.
Vox Media writer Dylan Matthews drew social media ire on Thursday when he called for President Obama to "unilaterally" deny Americans their constitutionally protected rights.
A nationwide gun club geared towards the LGBT community has reportedly seen its membership more than double following Sunday's mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Radio shock-jock Howard Stern went off on pro-gun control politicians Wednesday, saying they wish to strip Americans of their guns and turn them into sitting ducks.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Thursday that the only way presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump can prove he wants to keep terrorists away from guns is by persuading the National Rifle Association to support gun control measures sponsored by Democrats.
A Maine restaurateur is facing calls for a boycott after she announced she was banning owners of semi-automatic rifles from her restaurants, as well as people who support the private ownership of such rifles.
Attorney General Loretta Lynch overruled FBI Director James B. Comey this week, saying the Obama administration does support a ban on firearms sales to those on terrorist watch lists.
The senator who launched a nearly 15-hour-long quasi-filibuster over gun control this week said on Thursday that a bill to bar terror suspects from getting firearms being pushed by Senate Democrats might have prevented the Orlando shooter from getting a gun.
Sunday's mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub that left at least 49 people dead had Oprah Winfrey asking questions instead of answering them Wednesday night.
A Democratic senator frustrated with congressional inaction on gun violence led a nearly 15-hour Senate filibuster before yielding the floor early Thursday, making a pledge that he and his colleagues would press hard for more gun control three days after 49 people were killed at a Florida nightclub.
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Opponents of the Second Amendment have for years worked to prevent concealed carrying on college campuses across the country, repeatedly using ridiculous claims to limit the rights of students and campus employees to protect themselves and those around them.
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.
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?
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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.