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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..."

Signs direct to the office of the Firearms Registration Unit at the District's Metropolitan Police Department headquarters, Washington, D.C., Thursday, January 2, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Federal judge considers contempt charge against D.C. over gun laws

By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times

A federal judge is weighing a request to hold the District in contempt of court for enacting new gun laws that are so restrictive as to be out of compliance with his order to allow for firearms to be carried publicly in the city. Published November 20, 2014



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FILE - This undated identification file photo provided Wednesday, April 3, 2013, by Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Conn., shows former student Adam Lanza, who carried out the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. A Connecticut agency that investigated the background of the socially isolated, violence-obsessed man, Lanza, who carried out the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School is issuing a report Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, on his mental health and educational history. The Office of Child Advocate investigates all child deaths in the state for lessons on prevention. (AP Photo/Western Connecticut State University, File)

Agency: Schools helped Lanza's mom 'appease' him

- Associated Press

Adam Lanza's parents and educators contributed to his social isolation in the years before he carried out the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre by accommodating - and not confronting - his difficulties engaging with the world, according to a state report issued Friday.

Jay Leno cancels gig at Vegas firearms trade show

- Associated Press

Comedian Jay Leno canceled a planned appearance at a firearms trade show on the Las Vegas Strip after learning that a group representing victims of gun violence was gathering signatures urging him not to attend, his publicist said Thursday.

Ferguson: Gun sales surge ahead of grand jury's decision

- Associated Press

Some suburban St. Louis gun dealers have been doing brisk business, particularly among first-time buyers, as fearful residents await a grand jury's decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown.

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2014 file photo, a White-tail deer bounds into a ditch in Lake Shore, Minn. Minnesota officials are encouraging motorists to look out for deer because now is the time of year when they are most active due to harvest, hunting and mating season. (AP Photo/The Brainerd Daily Dispatch, Steve Kohls, File)

Wisconsin gun deer license sales lagging

- Associated Press

Wisconsin's gun deer license sales are lagging behind last year's pace with less than a week before the season opens, according to state wildlife officials.

Sixty-three percent of Americans believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place, a number that has nearly doubled since 2000. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

63 percent of Americans: Guns make a 'safer home'

- The Washington Times

"The percentage of Americans who believe having a gun in the house makes it a safer place to be — 63 percent — has nearly doubled since 2000, when about one in three agreed with this," reports Justin McCarthy, a Gallup analyst.

Gun control advocates have pushed for the system to be expanded in the wake of mass shootings as a way to keep firearms out of the wrong hands, but statistics provided to The Washington Times show that almost everyone who applies under the system is approved and it hardly matters which party controls the White House. (Associated Press)** FILE **

Washington state may become model for gun measures

Associated Press

Washington voters decisively backed expanded background checks for guns, a victory for advocates of stricter gun laws who say they will use the momentum from to pursue similar measures in other states.

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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. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has bestowed an honorary knighthood on the billionaire businessman and former New York mayor. (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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Vladimir Putin’s Russia Adopts Concealed Carry

Published November 21 2014

It’s beginning to border on the surreal. We’ve talked to great lengths about the inversion of international influence between the US and Russia. 

Hunting with Suppressors Now Legal in Florida

Published November 21 2014

As anticipated, on Friday, November 21, 2014, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to remove the ban on using silencer/suppressor-equipped rifles and pistols for the taking of deer, gray squirrels, rabbits, wild turkeys, quail and crows. The use of sound suppressors on shotguns, rifles and pistols for all other hunting was not prohibited in Florida. 

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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.