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Topic - Chris W. Cox
The National Rifle Association said Thursday that the group has joined the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association in a lawsuit challenging the state's new law banning so-called assault weapons and limiting ammunition magazines to a maximum capacity of seven rounds.
The National Rifle Association, which has opposed virtually all of President Obama's proposed gun control package, swiftly endorsed a bill rolled out Wednesday intended to strengthen the federal background check system and keep guns out of the hands of those deemed mentally ill.
The National Rifle Association is using a Justice Department memo it obtained to argue in ads that the Obama administration believes its gun control plans won't work unless the government seizes firearms and requires national gun registration.
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.
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.
Gun owners now have one of their own on a presidential ticket. Rep. Paul Ryan recalled "deer camp over in Fairchild in Eau Claire County" in his remarks after being chosen as Mitt Romney's vice-presidential running mate. The Wisconsin Republican is an avid hunter who's been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights.
Threats, denunciations and verbal potshots between the National Rifle Association and the leaders of the state General Assembly were common in the decades that Democrats ran the show in the Tennessee Capitol. Turns out Republicans are just as good at running afoul of the powerful gun rights group.
Law-abiding gun owners can run into serious trouble when on the move. Venturing into firearm-unfriendly states creates confusion about what individuals need to do to abide by a confusing maze of regulations. Congress should act to prevent honest citizens from winding up behind bars because police are misinformed.
The Obama administration's anti-gun agenda, which has been sneaking into the federal bureaucracy in recent years, was blasted by Congress last week. Republicans used the $1 trillion omnibus bill for 2012 to shoot back at the sneaky use of federal funds for gun control.
"If Sen. Durbin is truly interested in making Americans safer, he should compel Attorney General Eric Holder to testify over what Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called the federal government's "horrible" effort of prosecuting criminals with firearms in Chicago — America's murder capital in Durbin's home state," said Chris W. Cox, chief lobbyist for the National Rifle Association.
Chris W. Cox, the group's head lobbyist, told The New York Times that the NRA cannot match Mr. Bloomberg dollar for dollar, but that "no one can.