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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks Jan. 25, 2013, during a roundtable discussion on gun violence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. (Associated Press)

Biden heads to Philly for roundtable on guns

After a brief jaunt overseas, Vice President Joseph R. Biden will head to Philadelphia, Pa., on Monday to hold a roundtable discussion on gun safety with law enforcement officials, according to the White House. Published February 7, 2013

Stars come out on Capitol Hill for tougher gun laws

President Obama has consistently called for a national conversation on gun violence since December's Connecticut school shootings, and on Wednesday, some of his most loyal backers — Hollywood's B-List — responded. Published February 6, 2013

** File ** Tony Bennett performs with Dave Brubeck at George Wein's Carefusion Newport Jazz 55 in Newport, R.I. on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009. (Associated Press)

Tony Bennett: Without gun control, U.S. may become 1940s Germany

President Obama's gun control push got some Hollywood star power at a Wednesday morning news conference at the Capitol that included appearances from actors Chris Rock, Adam Scott, and Amanda Peet — as well as crooner Tony Bennett, who cautioned that if America does not act on the issue of gun violence, it could be headed down the road of 1940s Germany. Published February 6, 2013

Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (from left), New York Democrat; E. Scott Rigell, Virginia Republican; Patrick Meehan, Pennsylvania Republican; and Elijah E. Cummings, Maryland Democrat, prepare Tuesday to announce legislation to make firearms trafficking a federal crime and stiffen laws against straw buyers. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Straw gun buyers targeted

House members on Tuesday rolled out the chamber's first piece of bipartisan gun legislation since December's Connecticut school shootings, and Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he could envision strengthening federal background checks — two significant developments in a debate that has been left largely to the White House and the Democrat-controlled Senate. Published February 5, 2013

President Obama speaks Feb. 4, 2013, at the Minneapolis Police Department's Special Operations Center to outline his plan on gun violence. (Associated Press)

Obama's gun control push moves states to fight it

Even as some governors and mayors eye tighter restrictions on firearms in the wake of the Connecticut school shootings, state legislators across the country are launching pre-emptive strikes against federal gun control proposals that may never even make it through Congress. Published February 4, 2013

President Obama greets law enforcement officers before taking the stage to speak on ideas to reduce gun violence Monday in Minneapolis. He tried to channel a bipartisan sentiment similar to the message of a group of college presidents. (Associated Press)

College presidents oppose more guns on campus

College presidents and university officials on Monday rejected the idea of arming students and faculty on college campuses, saying the best solution to combat gun violence is to enact President Obama's plans to ban some weapons and ammunition magazines and conduct background checks on all gun buyers. Published February 4, 2013

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 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. Published January 31, 2013

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)

Emotions run high at gun hearing

Democrats and Republicans found little common ground Wednesday as Congress kicked off the first major gun-control debate in years, showing last month's school shooting rampage in Connecticut left emotional scars but has not broken the gridlock that has doomed gun legislation for two decades. Published January 30, 2013

Reid gives no sign of Senate debate on broad gun ban

One day before Congress convenes its first hearing on gun violence since the Connecticut school shooting rampage in December, the Senate's top Democrat remained noncommittal Tuesday about bringing a broad gun ban to the chamber floor. Published January 29, 2013

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

Holder acts on gun-data sharing and collection

Not waiting for Congress to act, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. is moving on gun control, submitting three measures Monday to increase data sharing and data collection on firearms and potential gun purchasers — and illustrating the limitations President Obama's administration has to act unilaterally on the issue. Published January 28, 2013

Feinstein insists gun curbs can win despite opposition

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who introduced sweeping legislation Thursday that would ban more than 150 kinds of so-called assault weapons, acknowledged Sunday the push for new gun-controls faces long odds in Congress — but she insists the public supports the new restrictions. Published January 28, 2013

Virginia Delegate Joseph D. Morrissey is backing a bill that would enable independent candidates to appeal an adverse ruling on their ballot-access signatures by an electoral board. (Associated Press)

Cuccinelli staying above fray on contested election reforms

As the rest of Richmond is mired in fights over election rules and district boundaries that are fast drawing national attention, state Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II is quietly pushing his own bipartisan package of bills to address difficulties experienced by both candidates and voters in recent years. Published January 27, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Tim Kaine, Virginia Democrat, left, accompanied by Vice President Joseph R. Biden, gestures during a roundtable discussion on gun violence, Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. The panelists included officials who worked on the aftermath of the Virginia Tech shootings. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Biden takes 'gun safety' pitch to Richmond

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, who has been President Obama's point man on gun control over the past month, headed about 100 miles south on Friday with cabinet officials and lawmakers to discuss the administration's efforts on the issue. Published January 25, 2013

Ken Haiterman shows off a CMMG 5.56mm AR 15 at the 2013 Rocky Mountain Gun Show on Jan. 6 in Sandy, Utah. In spite of the recent school shootings in Newtown, Conn., gun enthusiasts flocked to the show to purchase weapons and ammunition. (Associated Press)

States' crime rates show scant linkage to gun laws

President Obama has called for stricter federal gun laws to combat recent shooting rampages, but a review of recent state laws by The Washington Times shows no discernible correlation between stricter rules and lower gun-crime rates in the states. Published January 24, 2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, announces legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Feinstein: Reinstate assault weapons ban

Sen. Dianne Feinstein rolled out sweeping legislation that would ban more than 150 types of military-style semiautomatic rifles on Thursday, kicking off the congressional debate on a new assault-weapons ban that both sides say faces a steep uphill climb on Capitol Hill. Published January 24, 2013

A group carries letters spelling "BELIEVE" as they take part in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday in San Antonio. (Associated Press)

Inauguration too special to pass up

President Obama's historic inauguration ceremony Monday saw smaller crowds, a more subdued tone, and fewer A-list celebrities than in 2009 — a distinctly different feel from the packed subways, soaring rhetoric and nearly dozen inaugural balls four years ago. Published January 21, 2013

Gun-control advocates say Obama is too late

The big-ticket items in President Obama's push for action on gun control will require the approval of Congress, but many of the 23 executive moves he announced Wednesday could have been taken at any time in his first term — a point that nettles those who have been advocating for stricter measures. Published January 17, 2013

"This is our first task as a society, keeping our children safe," President Obama said Wednesday as he and Vice President Joseph R. Biden announced their legislative and executive agenda to curb gun violence in America. (Associated Press)

Obama: U.S. will be 'judged' on guns

In one of the most far-reaching gun control proposals in decades, President Obama on Wednesday unveiled plans to ban military-style so-called assault weapons, limit ammunition clips to a maximum of 10 bullets, require universal background checks for all gun purchasers and announced 23 executive actions designed to address gun crime, mental health and school safety. Published January 16, 2013

President Obama listens to reporters' questions in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (Associated Press)

Obama recruits children to push gun bans

Acting just a month after the Connecticut school shootings, President Obama will unveil a sweeping package of gun controls Wednesday and will challenge Congress to ban high-capacity magazines and military-style semi-automatic rifles involved in recent shooting rampages. Published January 15, 2013

President Barack Obama speaks in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Jan. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Obama takes aim at 19 new gun measures

President Obama is considering 19 separate steps on gun control he can take without congressional action, as more ambitious measures such as a ban on military-style "assault weapons" face a tough sled through Congress amidst opposition from many lawmakers and gun-rights groups. Published January 15, 2013