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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

** FILE ** Sens. Joe Manchin III (left), West Virginia Democrat, and Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, arrive on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, for a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (Associated Press)

Senate shoots down background checks for guns, angers Obama

Senators dealt a devastating blow to gun control efforts Wednesday, defeating the background check compromise that was the centerpiece of President Obama's post-Newtown push for stiffer laws and leaving advocates struggling to figure out what to do now. Published April 17, 2013

* *FILE ** Handguns are displayed at the table of David Petronis (standing with rifle) of Mechanicville, N.Y.,  who owns a gun store, during the heavily attended annual New York State Arms Collectors Association Albany Gun Show at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, N.Y., on Jan. 26, 2013. (Associated Press)

Supreme Court won't hear New York gun law challenge

As the debate over gun rights heats up on Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court on Monday denied a petition to hear a challenge to a key provision of New York state's restrictive gun laws. Published April 15, 2013

Sen. Joe Manchin III (right), West Virginia Democrat, tempered a proposal by Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, that would have expanded checks to virtually all private gun sales. (Associated Press)

Senators draw line at private gun sales; compromise to test ideals

With chances iffy for winning a broad expansion of background checks in the Senate this week, gun control advocates face a tough choice: Hold out for a wide-ranging bill and risk killing it altogether, or find the stomach for a watered-down approach that ensures at least something passes. Published April 15, 2013

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, speaks with reporters following a Democratic strategy session at the Capitol in Washington on April 9, 2013. (Associated Press)

Reid warns of 'unreasonable extremists' in gun debate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, kicked off Monday's session by saying the victims of December's Connecticut shooting rampage deserve a vote on gun legislation and warning of "unreasonable extremists" who may try to derail or delay the process. Published April 15, 2013

** FILE ** Sen. Joe Manchin III (right), West Virginia Democrat, accompanied by Sen. Patrick J. Toomey, Pennsylvania Republican, announces on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Gun-rights leader: 'We snookered the other side' on Toomey-Manchin

A prominent gun-rights advocate claims his group's staff was in the room during the drafting of the recently unveiled proposal to expand gun-purchase background checks and said that "we snookered the other side — they haven't figured it out yet." Published April 14, 2013

**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada pauses during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 5, 2013, following a Democratic strategy session. (Associated Press)

Senate poised for key vote on gun bill

The Senate on Thursday was scheduled to key test vote on whether to move forward with debate on wide-ranging gun control legislation that would set the stage for a bruising, potentially weeks-long floor battle four months after Connecticut's school shooting rampage. Published April 11, 2013

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Filibuster gains support to delay gun control vote

A growing number of senators are trying to quash gun legislation before it even hits the chamber floor as Democrats hold out hope for a compromise and the White House gears up for a weeklong offensive to pressure Congress to act. Published April 7, 2013

Sarah Merkle, 15, has been hailed by gun rights supporters for her poise in making the argument against restrictions on gun ownership. (YOUTUBE)

Maryland girl is armed with arguments against gun control

A three-minute video of Sarah Merkle's testimony about Maryland's new gun legislation has drawn more than 2 million views on YouTube, won her praise from gun rights advocates across the country and even scored her an interview on national television last week. Published April 7, 2013