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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..."

This June 6, 2013, file photo shows U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Eric Holder: 'I take personally as a failure' the inability to pass gun control

By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

If there's one thing that Eric Holder regrets during his time as attorney general for the United States, it's his failure to press through a Second Amendment crackdown on the heels of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, he said. Published October 21, 2014

In this photo taken Feb. 16, 2013, people look at a display of firearms at the Sports Connection Gun Show in Yakima, Wash. (AP Photo/Yakima Herald-Republic, TJ Mullinax) ** FILE **

NRA blasts U.K.'s warrantless searches for lawful gun owners

By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

The National Rifle Association is blasting a new gun policy in the United Kingdom that allows for police and constabularies to inspect the private homes of legal gun owners without notice or a warrant. Published October 20, 2014

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Marchers hold up their signs as they walk to the Florida Capitol Monday, March 10, 2014, for a rally in Tallahassee, Fla. Participants were rallying against the state's "Stand Your Ground" laws. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)

US commission weighs in on stand your ground

- Associated Press

"Stand your ground" statutes benefit whites more than blacks, are unnecessary and cause minority men to live in fear, several experts said Friday to a federal civil rights commission evaluating racial disparities in the laws.

FILE - This Oct. 27, 2013 file photo shows former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), at a fundraiser for U.S. Senate candidate Bruce Braley during the Bruce Blues & BBQ at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. Giffords is working on a book about gun control. The Arizona Democrat and her husband, the retired Navy captain and astronaut Mark Kelly, are collaborating on "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence."  Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced that "Enough" was scheduled for release in June. (AP Photo/Scott Morgan, File)

Giffords begins 9-state tour on women, guns

- Associated Press

Former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords on Tuesday launched a nine-state tour in which she's advocating for tougher gun laws that she says will help protect women and families.

In this photo taken Oct. 7, 2014, Kurt Heikkila poses for a photo with his handgun, which he has a permit to carry while concealed, as well as several Russian-made rifles that he collects, in his home in Tenino, Wash. Heikkila says he will vote against Initiative 594, which is seeking universal background checks on gun sales and transfers, with some exceptions because he believes the measure goes too far. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Rival gun measures on ballot in Washington state

- Associated Press

Two competing measures on the Washington state ballot this fall ask voters to take a stance on expanded background checks for gun sales. One is seeking universal checks for all sales and transfers, including private transactions. The other would prevent any such expansion.

FILE - In this Sept. 11, 2014 file photo, students line up to go back inside after recess at Westbrook Elementary School in Taylorsville, Utah. A Utah schoolteacher who was injured by fragments from a bullet and a porcelain toilet when her gun accidentally went off in a faculty bathroom has been charged with a misdemeanor and resigned. Online court records show 39-year-old Michelle Montgomery was charged this month with discharge of a firearm in a prohibited area within city limits. An arraignment is scheduled for Nov. 5.(AP Photo/The Deseret News, Kristin Murphy, File)  SALT LAKE TRIBUNE OUT;  MAGS OUT

Teacher whose gun fired in bathroom charged

- Associated Press

A Utah teacher who was injured by fragments from a bullet and a porcelain toilet when her gun accidentally went off in a faculty bathroom at an elementary school has been charged with a misdemeanor and resigned from her job.

James Brady remembered for gun-control efforts

- Associated Press

More than three decades after an assassin's bullet nearly ended his life, former White House press secretary James Brady was remembered Friday as a champion for gun safety who challenged his adversaries with grace, humor and unyielding determination. Vice President Joe Biden praised him as a rare example of turning tragedy into action.

Cynthia Willis takes aim with her Walter P-22 pistol at a firing range in White City, Ore., on Friday, March 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Jeff Barnard, File) ** FILE **

Robber to open gun carrier: 'I like your gun. Give it to me.'

- The Washington Times

In what seems to be a downside of open carry laws, a gun enthusiast in Gresham, Oregon, said he was standing and chatting with cousin — with his Walther P22 pistol in full, permitted view — when a 6-foot-tall man approached and said: "I like your gun. Give it to me," KOIN Channel 6 reported.

FILE - This April 18, 2008 file photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife shows a gray wolf. On Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, the Michigan House cleared the way for an appointed panel to decide whether to allow continued hunting of the resurgent gray wolf, instead of leaving the matter up to the state's voters. (AP Photo/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gary Kramer, File) **FILE**

From wolves to pot, states tackle range of issues on fall ballots

- The Washington Times

They can't vote, but the gray wolves of Michigan's Upper Peninsula will have a direct stake in the outcome of the midterm elections next month. The Michigan battle is one of some 146 initiatives, referenda and other measures on the ballots this midterm season, on issues ranging from abortion, gun rights and gambling to redistricting, the minimum wage and state official salaries.

In this Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014 photo, a security stands outside the entrance to Glock's U.S. headquarters, in Smyrna, Ga. The ex-wife of Gaston Glock, founder of the firearms company, accuses him and his associates in a lawsuit of conspiring to cheat her out of millions of dollars. The lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Atlanta names as defendants: Gaston Glock, several of his associates, the Austria-based company and a number of its international entities. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

Ex-wife of Glock founder sues him over millions

- Associated Press

The ex-wife of Gaston Glock, founder of the firearms company, in a lawsuit Thursday accused him and his associates of conspiring to cheat her out of millions of dollars.

Fairgrounds Police secure a barricade around the Vortex after an accident closed the ride just after 9 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 24, 2013 at the N.C. State Fair in Raleigh, N.C. The accident occurred on the ride at the North Carolina State Fair on Thursday night, sending five people to the hospital with unknown injuries. (AP Photo/The News & Observer, Robert Willett)

Group: Gun ban at NC State Fair is illegal

- Associated Press

A gun-rights group has asked a North Carolina court for a temporary injunction to keep the state from enforcing its ban on concealed weapons at the State Fair.

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From left, Wicomico County prosecutor Davis Ruark, Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis and Maryland State Police Detective Sgt. David Owens hold a news conference Monday asking for help in the death of Sarah Haley Foxwell.

Sheriff, gun-control group spar over comments

Associated Press

A gun-control group is petitioning for revocation of a county sheriff's certification to teach other law-enforcement officers after his comments about gun rights.

FILE - In this July 5, 2013 file photo, former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, accompanied by her husband, retired astronaut and combat veteran Capt. Mark Kelly, speaks during a news conference at the Millyard Museum in Manchester, N.H. A new book by Kelly and Giffords details their transition from survivors of a mass shooting to advocates and fundraisers for stricter gun laws. "Enough: Our Fight to Keep America Safe from Gun Violence" gives insights into the couple's life after the 2011 shooting that left six dead and 13 injured, including Giffords, who was shot in the head and remains partially paralyzed. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)

Gabby Giffords, Mark Kelly talk recovery, guns

- Associated Press

Former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband were finally starting to settle into normal routine in their Tucson home by the middle of 2012, making strides in her rehabilitation, decorating their house and watching hour after hour of the TV show "Glee."

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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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Tennessee: Residents petition for Farragut guns in parks ban to be lifted

Published October 21 2014

Another effort to repeal Farragut's ban on guns in parks is underway. A change in state law in 2009 allowed handgun permit holders to carry their weapons into parks, but local governments could opt out. That's what Farragut decided to do and they've stuck with it when the issue came up again last year.

Gun-control battle swings to Washington state

Published October 21 2014

The center of the national debate over firearm background checks has, for the moment, moved to Washington state.Next month, residents of Washington state will get to vote on whether gun buyers should be subject to background checks for purchases made at gun shows or online.

Va. Beach OK's gun agenda item, triggering dissent

Published October 21 2014

The city's legislative agenda isn't normally all that controversial for residents. But an item about guns this year has gotten people talking.The proposal asks the General Assembly to consider requiring gun owners to report lost or stolen firearms. Failure to do so within two days of realizing a gun has disappeared would result in a civil fine.

Pennsylvania: 2014 Legislative Session Ends With Victory

Published October 21 2014

After four years of effort, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives finally passed critical firearms preemption legislation.  Yesterday, the state House voted to concur on the Senate amendments to House Bill 80 by an overwhelming 138 to 56 vote.  HB 80, when signed into law, will strengthen the state firearms preemption statute to further ensure that firearm and ammunition laws are consistent throughout Pennsylvania.

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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.