The mayor of New York is urging members of Congress to act on a dormant gun control bill that would ban suspected terrorists from owning firearms but has been unable to clear Capitol Hill despite eight years of effort.
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 Carleton Bryant - The Washington Times
In a surprising comment, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier is encouraging ordinary citizens to subdue or even kill active gunmen if they can as the "best option for saving lives before police can get there." Published November 22, 2015
The White House said Monday that Republicans concerned about Syrian refugees waging terrorist attacks in the U.S. should focus their energy instead on banning guns sales to people on the government's terrorist watch list.
D.C. police Chief Cathy L. Lanier's suggestion that ordinary citizens try to take down an active shooter before officers arrive is drawing criticism from Second Amendment advocates who question how residents of a city with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation could be expected to defend themselves.
Just over half of D.C. residents would support the return of a gun ban in the nation's capital, with affluent white residents more likely to support a ban than black residents who live in areas of the city with higher crime rates, according to a new poll.
President Obama hopes to make gun control the top issue of his final year in office, saying Americans aren't more violent than other people but they "have more deadly weapons to act out their rage."
Billionaire businessman and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump said if people other than the terrorists had been armed in Paris last week during the deadly attacks, there might have been a different outcome.
Instagram sensation Dan Bilzerian received some bad news when he returned to his West Hollywood mansion after a September break-in -- several of his guns were gone.
A 13-year-old South Carolina boy used his mother's shotgun to fend off two burglars, killing one, who attempted to break in to his home while his mother was at work on Tuesday.
After several "workplace violence" shootings at U.S. military facilities, 81 percent of military servicemen and women want the ability to carry a concealed weapon on stateside military bases, a new Rasmussen Report survey found.
Maryland has quietly ended a requirement that firearms manufacturers fire their handguns before being sold and submit the "ballistic fingerprints" to state authorities after the program failed to provide investigators with unique data in 15 years.
Big-time outside money from the gun control group co-founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg failed to change the balance of power in the Virginia state Senate Tuesday, as Republicans retained their 21-19 majority and emerged victorious in one of the most heavily targeted races.
A robbery suspect is dead after a patron with a concealed carry license opened fire at a Chicago convenience store Saturday night.
Democratic elected officials in Northern Virginia worked together to engineer a campaign against a Fairfax County firearms store in a bid to politicize gun violence and drum up support for a Democrat in an election Tuesday, an exchange of emails shows.
Virginia voters head to the polls Tuesday to choose all 140 members of the General Assembly, with most of the attention on a tight battle for control of the state Senate that will shape the remainder of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's time in office.
A Wisconsin man has apologized after he surreptitiously pointed a cellphone case shaped like a handgun directly at a police officer who had agreed to pose for a photograph with him.
The Army is botching the procurement of what should be one of the simplest weapons to buy: the pistol.
Texans have long carried rifles and shotguns openly in public. But with the Lone Star State poised to allow residents to openly carry handguns beginning in January, law enforcement agencies are hurrying to train their officers on the intricacies of the law and to devise protocol for inquiring about a gun owner's open-carry permit.
It seems very strange that a people who had over two thirds of their population disarmed and then murdered in Europe would be against one's right to protect themselves, but that is precisely what is happening in the U.S. Deafening anti-Second Amendment cries have emanated from high-profile American Jews like Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, among others.
President Obama said Tuesday that he is not trying "to take everybody's guns away," moments after he spoke out in favor of more gun regulations such as expanded background checks and a ban on so-called assault weapons.
The nation's police chiefs are calling for universal background checks for anyone trying to purchase a firearm.
An Indianapolis restaurant owner is offering a 25 percent discount to concealed-carry permit holders after his business was robbed.
When it comes to gathering support for major issues, Amy Schumer is at the cutting edge of influence. The actress and comic has more than 2 million Twitter followers, and nearly as many on Facebook and Instagram.
Voters and other residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia have much to ponder this year ahead of 2016's presidential election.
Nearly six in 10 Americans have a favorable opinion of the National Rifle Association, according to Gallup polling taken in the wake of the recent shooting spree at Umpqua Community College in Oregon.
Second Amendment supporters are more passionate voters than gun control proponents, according to new polling that goes a long way toward explaining why mass shootings have done little to advance the cause of those who say stiffer laws are needed.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump on Tuesday defended remarks he made a day earlier, when he said President Obama is considering an executive order designed to take guns away from people.
A federal appeals court has upheld key provisions of New York and Connecticut laws banning possession of semi-automatic assault weapons and large-capacity magazines.
With 300 million firearms in circulation and calls for more restrictions hitting a wall, Democrats and gun control advocates from California to Virginia are increasingly turning to other proposals such as restricting ammunition and magazine rounds and narrowing the ability to wield weapons.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe will ban the carrying of firearms in some state government buildings and also provide law enforcement broader authority to prosecute gun crimes.
A Texas high school kept students in their classes Wednesday after a mixup over the word "gum" led to a weapons investigation.
Australia and Britain have been held out as examples of foreign countries that moved quickly to impose gun restrictions in the wake of national tragedies as the United States grapples with what -- if any -- policy reforms could prevent future mass shootings like the recent attack in Oregon.
In the wake of the deadly massacre at an Oregon community college, the controversial Oath Keepers militia group revealed a new plan last week to prevent school shootings, announcing its intention to form college and high school chapters to train students to "fight back."
Even as this month's three deadly university shootings fuel cries for a crackdown on firearms, gun rights advocates say the incidents actually strengthen their campaign to allow concealed carry on campus.
The president of the Olive Garden restaurant chain has apologized to a police officer after he was kicked out of a Missouri restaurant over his service gun.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Saturday that bans concealed firearms from all school campuses.
Visitors to the Houston Zoo can now pack a little something extra besides a camera and picnic basket.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal continued his criticism of the pro-gun-control father of the Umpqua Community College mass shooter, saying he has "no right" to be lecturing the rest of the country on responsibility.
As he reportedly weighs more executive actions on gun control, President Obama on Friday was greeted by protesters in Roseburg, Oregon, who oppose the White House's call for more firearms restrictions.
President Barack Obama is bringing words of comfort and sympathy to grieving families of victims of the shooting rampage in Roseburg, Oregon, muting his message about the need for new laws to stem gun violence as he visits an area where firearms are popular.
Senate Democrats gathered Thursday on the steps of the Capitol surrounded by about a dozen armed guards to announce a new push for tougher gun-control laws.
Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said Wednesday that he was once held at gunpoint at a Baltimore Popeyes, following backlash over comments he made about the mass shooting last week in Roseburg, Oregon.
The White House said residents of the Oregon town where a gunman killed nine people at a community college have "nothing to fear" from President Obama's scheduled trip to their community on Friday.
The deadly shooting last week at an Oregon community college has an eerie parallel with the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 pupils and six adult staff members in 2012.
An 86-year-old grandmother who runs a gun shop out of the same Oregon town rattled by last week's mass shooting has a few choice words for President Obama.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Tuesday that if there had been an armed civilian who knew had to handle a gun on the scene at last week's deadly shooting at a community college in Oregon, there could have been a different outcome.
Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton signaled she's going all-out on a new push for gun controls Monday, driving distance between herself and top opponent Sen. Bernard Sanders even as she took aim at Republican critics in Congress, pronouncing the Benghazi probe a political sham designed to derail her campaign.
The Obama administration wants voters across the country to only weigh gun rights and gun-safety legislation when considering who to support, saying it's necessary for proponents of new firearms restrictions to show the same passion Second Amendment activists are known for.
An 11-year-old boy faces a murder charge after witnesses say he killed his 8-year-old neighbor because she would not let him see her puppy.
A lawyer for a New Jersey priest accused of pointing a functioning musket at an 8-year-old boy inside the church's rectory says his client will plead not guilty.
The father of Oregon gunman Christopher Harper-Mercer argued Saturday that his son never would have killed nine people last week at Umpqua Community College if he wasn't able to get his hands on a gun in the first place.
After a suburban district attorney barred her prosecutors from keeping handguns, even at home, her office said the goal was safety. But the now-changed restriction has touched off debate about whether prosecutors should be packing heat.
Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton proposed using executive action for tighter gun control restrictions on the campaign trail Monday, but during her first bid for the White House eight years ago, Mrs. Clinton fashioned herself as a pro-gun, Second Amendment supporter.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton pledged Monday to do everything she can if elected president to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them -- even if that means working without Congress.
Donald Trump on Sunday said President Obama made himself a "great divider" of Americans by pushing for more gun-control laws in response to last week's mass shooting at an Oregon community college.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says now is not the time to debate gun control laws, despite President Obama's impassioned plea to politicize Thursday's shooting at Umpqua Community College.
Retired neurosurgeon and 2016 GOP presidential candidate Ben Carson said incidents like the Thursday shooting at a community college in Oregon should be analyzed in hopes of preventing similar ones from happening, but that gun control only works for law-abiding citizens and not "crazies."
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee on Friday questioned whether any gun law could have prevented the shooter at a community college in Oregon from killing at least nine people and wounding a handful of others.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee rebuked President Obama's comments on gun control as "ignorantly inflammatory" following Thursday's shooting at Oregon's Umpqua Community College.
Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Friday there needs to be an emphasis on mental health, and not new gun laws, in the wake of Thursday's shooting at a community college in Oregon.
Umpqua Community College, the site of the latest mass shooting, has grappled firsthand with the complex questions of gun violence, opting last year against having armed guards and developing plans to deal with an active shooter after a fatal incident at a nearby high school in 2006.
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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.
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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.