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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

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

Articles by David Sherfinski


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

**FILE** Larry Pratt, executive director of gun rights group Gun Owners of America, talks at a Second Amendment news conference at the Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa., on March 14, 2006. (Associated Press)

Advocate promises 'banquet' for sheriffs challenging fed gun push

Larry Pratt, the executive director of the gun rights group Gun Owners of America, welcomed the idea of a local sheriff defying federal agents who try to come in and enforce new gun controls, saying that "we would immediately fly out and have a banquet in his honor." Published April 5, 2013

**FILE** Guns are offered during a buyback program on Jan. 26, 2013, in San Mateo, Calif. Authorities are offering up to $100 cash for a handgun, shotgun or rifle, or up to $200 for an assault rifle at the event at the San Mateo Event Center. (Associated Press)

Drop-off in gun prosecutions began before Obama

Gun rights groups have singled out President Obama for failing to prosecute gun crimes, but the drop in cases filed actually began a decade ago under the Bush administration. Published April 4, 2013

Jody Winslow, of Farmington, Conn., carries signs referencing the Second Amendment near the Capitol where gun rights advocates were gathering as lawmakers voted on a gun control bill, four months after the Newtown shootings.

Connecticut close to enacting tough gun measure

Four months after the shooting rampage in Newtown, the Connecticut state Senate on Wednesday signed off on what lawmakers touted as the strictest gun controls of any state in the nation after a daylong debate that stretched into early evening. Published April 3, 2013

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott (Associated Press)

Texas AG to Obama: I'll sue if U.N. Arms Treaty is ratified

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott wrote a letter to President Obama on Tuesday saying that the state will head to court over the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty should Mr. Obama sign it and the U.S. Senate ratify it. "The UN has concluded its negotiations on the Arms Trade Treaty," Mr. Abbott writes. "It is now up to you to sign it — or reject it. Do not sign this treaty." Published April 2, 2013

**FILE** The United Nations building is reflected on the window of the U.S. mission to the U.N. as portraits of President Obama (left), Vice President Joseph R. Biden, and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton hang in the lobby on Sept. 18, 2010, in New York. (Associated Press)

Gun rights advocates fear U.N. treaty will lead to U.S. registry

The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday approved a sweeping, first-of-its-kind treaty aimed at regulating the estimated $60 billion international arms trade, brushing aside gun rights groups' concerns that the pact could lead to a national firearms registry in the U.S. Published April 2, 2013

Cardinal Donald Wuerl

Cardinals: Church needs to ensure marriage defense isn't attack on gays

Prominent American Catholics said Sunday that gays and lesbians should be welcomed with open arms, but Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York said the church needs to do a better job of ensuring that its defense of traditional marriage is not seen as "an attack on gay people." Published March 31, 2013

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Schumer says immigration deal imminent; Rubio says not so fast

Two senators from the so-called Gang of Eight working on bipartisan immigration reform said Sunday that the rollout of a bill that can pass the chamber is imminent, but two leading Republicans called such talk "premature" and said legislation on such an important topic must not be rushed. Published March 31, 2013

** FILE ** Mourners attend the funeral and memorial service for the six victims of the Sikh temple of Wisconsin mass shooting in Oak Creek, Wis., on Aug. 10, 2012. (Associated Press)

Sikh man cites religion in lawsuit against gun controls

A Sikh man is suing the state of California over its gun laws, arguing they violate his First Amendment rights to practice his religion by barring him from carrying the kind of weapons he says he needs for self-defense. Published March 28, 2013


Sikh in California uses religion to challenge firearms ban

A Sikh man is suing the state of California over its gun laws, arguing they violate his First Amendment rights to practice his religion by barring him from carrying the kind of weapons he says he needs for self-defense. Published March 28, 2013

** FILE ** Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a gun violence conference in Danbury, Conn. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also addressed the event organized by the state's congressional delegation to push President Barack Obama's gun control proposals. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013.

Gun control efforts persist but public support dims

Vice President Joseph R. Biden, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and other gun control advocates insisted Wednesday that both momentum and public opinion are on their side, but recent polling shows Americans turning against stricter laws as more time elapses since the Newtown shootings. Published March 27, 2013

Rand Paul, Mike Lee, Ted Cruz threaten hold on gun restrictions

Pushing back against the Obama administration's call for stricter gun control laws, Republican Sens. Rand Paul, Mike Lee and Ted Cruz are threatening to block any legislation they think tramples on the Second Amendment - marking the latest salvo from a trio of lawmakers who have been busy banding together to assert their vision on the direction of their party. Published March 26, 2013

** FILE ** People look at firearm displays at the Sports Connection Gun Show at the Modern Living Building at State Fair Park in Yakima, Wash., on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Yakima Herald-Republic, TJ Mullinax)

Background checks for gun transactions shoot up; all 50 states report increases

The number of background checks for gun transactions run through the FBI's instant-check system jumped 54 percent in the first two months of 2013 and increased dramatically in all 50 states compared to the same period last year, a spike analysts attribute to the Obama administration's post-Newtown push for new gun controls. Published March 25, 2013

Colorado governor stuck in ‘nightmare’ ahead of gun bill signing

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper says he was stuck in a continuous nightmare last week -- a colleague was fatally shot the day before he signed into law new gun-control measures, and it came out later that the son of a longtime friend of the governor's had surfaced as a suspect. Published March 24, 2013