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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** Gun dealer Mel Bernstein fires his AK-47 assault rifle on full automatic at his own Dragonman's shooting range and gun store, east of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Feb. 5, 2013. (Associated Press)

Officials warn sequester could hinder gun control

All sides say they want better enforcement of current gun laws, but law enforcement officials are warning the budget cuts looming at the end of this week would be a major setback to those efforts — and could end up putting more guns in the hands of criminals. Published February 25, 2013

In this photo taken Aug. 13, 2009, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley looks at a handgun during a gun turn-in program in Chicago, as Chicago Police Superintendent Jody Weis looks on in the background. Daley, one of the nation's most vocal gun control advocates, said the city will not roll over if the Supreme Court rules against the city's gun ban. (AP Photo/Chicago Sun-Times, Rich Hein)

Court again slaps down Ill. handgun ban

A federal court on Friday delivered a major victory to gun rights supporters, denying a petition to rehear a December ruling that declared an Illinois law prohibiting people from carrying concealed handguns in public unconstitutional. Published February 22, 2013

Vice President Joseph R. Biden speaks at a gun violence conference in Danbury, Conn., on Feb. 21, 2013. The conference, held near the Newtown where 26 lives were lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, was organized by members of the state's congressional delegation is to push President Obama's gun control proposals. (Associated Press)

Biden: 'There's a moral price to be paid for inaction' on guns

Speaking at a university in Connecticut mere miles from where the December Newtown school shootings took place, Vice President Joseph R. Biden urged legislators across the country Thursday to move on gun control, warning that "there's a moral price to be paid for inaction." Published February 21, 2013

** FILE ** Vladimir Putin stalks the Tuva region of Siberia in this photo from August 2007. (Associated Press)

Russia targets Americans amid Obama's gun-control battle

President Obama helped spur a run on firearms and ammunition by people looking to stock up before proposed gun controls take effect — and the impact is being felt even in unlikely places. Like Russia. Published February 21, 2013

** 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 suggests shotgun, not AR-15, for self-defense

Vice President Joseph R. Biden encouraged people who want to defend themselves to buy a shotgun Tuesday and dismissed outright the comparison between a ban on illegal drugs and a ban on guns — rhetorically positing the idea of legalizing cocaine to make his point. Published February 19, 2013

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Biden suggests shotgun, not AR-15, for self-defense

Vice President Joseph R. Biden encouraged people who want to defend themselves to buy a shotgun Tuesday and dismissed outright the comparison between a ban on illegal drugs and a ban on guns -- rhetorically positing the idea of legalizing cocaine to make his point. Published February 19, 2013

** FILE ** Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, speaks during a news conference in Washington on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting the week before. The NRA, the nation's largest gun-rights lobby, is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer "waiting in the wings." (Associated Press)

NRA says no way its members back limits on guns

Gun-control and gun-rights advocates are locked in a fierce dispute over what rank-and-file National Rifle Association members and average gun owners think about President Obama's gun-control proposals, with the NRA sharply rebutting numbers purporting to show that its members and gun owners are largely receptive to new laws. Published February 18, 2013

**FILE** Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama leak of visa plan draws fire

Congressional Republicans on Sunday accused the White House of poisoning the well on immigration reform by leaking a draft proposal while senators from both parties are working toward a compromise on the issue, saying the move shows President Obama is more concerned with scoring political points than passing legislation. Published February 17, 2013

Background checks part of gun-control talks

Key Senators from both parties said Sunday that background checks on virtually all gun sales can win bipartisan support in the Senate, signaling progress on one of the key provisions of President Obama's gun control package. Published February 17, 2013

Sequestration becomes partisan game of political chicken on the Hill

Top congressional Republicans on Sunday predicted that deep, across-the-board spending cuts will take effect March 1, dismissing a Democratic proposal to avert them as dead on arrival and setting the stage for a high-stakes political game of chicken — just as Congress' weeklong recess gets under way. Published February 17, 2013


NRA chief fires back at president

National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre accused President Obama Thursday of trying to exploit the recent Connecticut school shootings to advance a decades-old gun-control agenda in his first public response to Mr. Obama's State of the Union address. Published February 14, 2013

Hill Democrats lock and load for gun vote

President Obama's rallying cries in his State of the Union address for Congress to vote on his gun-control measures prodded his fellow Democrats on Capitol Hill into fighting mode, with one prominent party member warning House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday not to "hide from the American people" on the issue. Published February 13, 2013

**FILE** National Rifle Association CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

NRA CEO LaPierre to respond to SOTU Thursday

National Rifle Association vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre will "directly respond" to President Obama's State of the Union address Thursday afternoon, the group announced Wednesday. Published February 13, 2013

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (Associated Press)

Political split on gun rights evident during Senate hearing

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee argued Tuesday that a balance exists between enacting new gun laws and protecting the Second Amendment, while Republicans cautioned that any ban on so-called assault weapons treads dangerously on the U.S. Constitution — an ideological divide seared into the current gun debate that hard-liners on both sides are unlikely to cross. Published February 12, 2013

Cynthia Willis visits a firing range in White City, Ore. She is suing the Jackson County sheriff over the denial of a concealed-handgun permit after acknowledging that she uses marijuana to treat arthritis and muscle spasms. (Associated Press)

Handgun permits to be exempted from records requests under Virginia House vote

The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would exempt concealed handgun permits from public record requests, a response to a New York newspaper's recent publication of an interactive map of concealed-carry permit holders' names and addresses. Published February 12, 2013

State of the Union sets up next round of debate on gun-control legislation

The next battlefield in the gun-control fight will be Tuesday's State of the Union address, where President Obama's allies have invited more than two dozen gun-crime victims to sit in the public galleries to cheer him on — and one Second Amendment supporter is countering by giving a ticket to NRA board member Ted Nugent. Published February 11, 2013

Background checks represent ground for compromise on gun control

Out of the flurry of ambitious gun control proposals in the wake of December's school shooting in Connecticut, expanded background checks on gun sales are fast emerging as the "sweet spot" — as one Senate Democratic leader put it — between what gun control advocates seek and what can actually attract bipartisan support in Congress. Published February 10, 2013

Hadiya Pendleton of Chicago was shot and killed Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, in a Chicago park as she talked with friends by a gunman who apparently was not even aiming at her. Pendleton, who had performed in President Obama's inauguration festivities, is the latest face on the ever-increasing homicide toll in the president's hometown. (Associated Press)

First lady to attend funeral of slain Chicago teen

First lady Michelle Obama, White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan are scheduled to travel to Chicago Saturday to attend the funeral of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton, who was shot to death last week after performing in President Obama's inauguration celebration. Published February 7, 2013

House Democrats offer own gun-control plan

After conducting their own independent review of gun violence, House Democrats on Thursday outlined new gun-control proposals very similar to the White House plan: Broader background checks and bans on military-style semiautomatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Published February 7, 2013