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Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell covers national security for The Washington Times.

Before joining The Times, Kelly was a Washington-based reporter for Bloomberg News for six years, covering the intersection between business and politics through a variety of industry-based beats. She most recently covered technology, where her reports ranged from cybersecurity to congressional policymakers.

Before joining Bloomberg, she was a management consultant and worked with Fortune 500 companies on government policy and commerce. She has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in government and Chinese from Hamilton College in upstate New York.

She can be reached at kriddell@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Kelly Riddell

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, assault weapons and hand guns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill. The deadline for local governments in Illinois to enact assault weapons ordinances is Friday, July 19, 2013.  In recent days, about a dozen communities have passed ordinances either banning assault weapons or imposing regulations concerning how they are stored and transported. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Onerous ATF rules threaten to put gun dealers out of business

Doug Stockman always has had a passion for firearms, so 20 years ago he made a business out of it. Today, his shop, SSG Tactical, is one of the largest gun dealers in Virginia, with 10 employees, training classes and concealed-carry fashion bags. Published September 18, 2014

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NRA boss LaPierre: Americans fear their country 'off the rails' under Obama

The National Rifle Association has unleashed a multimillion-dollar TV advertising campaign that its longtime leader says is aimed at messaging beyond gun rights and reaching middle-class mothers, minorities and other Americans "who believe our country is off the rails." Published September 4, 2014

**FILE** President Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano examine an x-ray vehicle as they tour the Bridge of America Cargo Facility in El Paso, Texas, on May 10, 2011, during their visit to the U.S.-Mexico border. (Associated Press)

DHS spent up to $49M annually on unused vehicles: IG

The Department of Homeland Security wasted as much as $49 million a year maintaining vehicles that were hardly or never used by the agency, a report by inspector general found. Published September 2, 2014

Armed: During one of the establishment's Second Amendment Wednesdays, Naomi Leydig dines with an openly displayed firearm at The Cajun Experience in Leesburg, Virigina, with her two sons, Jaden and Jeremy. (photographs by Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

More than 57,000 gun-friendly bars, eateries crop up across America

The owners of TBonz Steakhouse in Augusta, Georgia, decided to be proactive when Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law one of the most comprehensive pro-gun bills in the country this April, which allowed firearms into the state's bars and restaurants. Published September 1, 2014

Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican and one of the Senate's top government watchdogs, said that if Republicans take back the Senate in November, he is ready to launch investigations into government scandals. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama administration hindering oversight: IGs

Forty-seven federal inspectors general wrote a letter to Congress Tuesday complaining about specific cases where some federal agencies such as the Peace Corps and the Environmental Protection Agency refused to hand over documents critical to their independent oversight. Published August 5, 2014

**FILE** Attorney General Eric Holder speaks July 14, 2014, at the Justice Department building in Washington. (Associated Press)

Holder: Equip police officers with heroin antidote

The Department of Justice is clearing way for federal police officers to carry an antidote to reverse the effects of heroin overdoses, following in the footsteps of other large metropolitan police forces such as New York City. Published July 31, 2014

** FILE ** Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican. (Associated Press)

Gun retailers, payday lenders out of Choke Point's crosshairs

Gun retailers are no longer on a hit list deemed "high risk" by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. after the banking regulator formally withdrew Monday the list it put together that outlined what merchants may be considered risky for banks to do business with as part of the Obama administration's "Operation Choke Point." Published July 28, 2014

Law enforcement and other emergency personnel gather outside a post office Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in Rutherford, N.J. White powder was mailed to businesses near the site of Sunday's Super Bowl, prompting an investigation by the FBI and other law enforcement. A federal law enforcement official said one of the envelopes contained baking soda. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Texas man arrested for powder-letter hoax

A Texas man was arrested Monday for a mail hoax in which he sent more than 500 letters containing white powder, prompting hazardous-material crews to be called into schools, public offices and, most recently, hotels in the vicinity of Super Bowl XLVIII. Published July 28, 2014

Chicago police display some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence in the Windy City. (Associated Press photographs)

Crime-ridden U.S. cities differ on ways to fight gun violence

The most horrifying experience a citizen can have is to stare down the barrel of a gun held by a violent criminal. But under President Obama, federal prosecutors in two of the nation's most crime-ridden cities have taken vastly different paths to address the threat. Published July 24, 2014

**FILE** Attorney General Eric Holder speaks July 14, 2014, at the Justice Department building in Washington. (Associated Press)

Eric Holder has viewed gun prosecutions as a local, not federal matter

When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was serving as deputy attorney general at the Justice Department under then-president Bill Clinton, he refused to endorse a local initiative in Richmond, Virginia, credited by locals for dramatically reducing gun violence in their city. Published July 23, 2014