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President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Trump administration finalizes 'fair access' banking rule

- The Washington Times

The Trump administration tried to give a parting gift to the gun industry on the president's way out the door, finalizing a rule intended to limit big banks' ability to refuse to do business with so-called "high-risk" customers such as firearms manufacturers.

President-elect Joe Biden arrives at The Queen Theater in Wilmington, Del., Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden promises to 'defeat the NRA'

- The Washington Times

President-elect Joe Biden vowed to defeat the National Rifle Association in a statement marking 10 years since the assassination attempt of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords in Tucson that left six people dead.

Armed homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey, standing in front their house along Portland Place confront protesters marching to St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson's house in the Central West End of St. Louis. (Laurie Skrivan/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP File)

Court denies prosecutor's appeal in McCloskey case

- Associated Press

A Missouri appeals court on Friday denied St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner's appeal challenging the disqualification of her office from prosecuting Mark McCloskey who, along with his wife, drew guns on racial injustice protesters last summer.

In this May 4, 2013, file photo, National Rifle Association members listen to speakers during the NRA's annual Meetings and Exhibits at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. (Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle via AP, File)

NRA is in fight of its life when board meets Thursday

- The Washington Times

The National Rifle Association heads into its winter board meeting on Thursday embroiled in existential legal battles and trying to claw back "excess benefits" paid out to top executives — some of whom are long gone after a messy internal power struggle.<

In this Dec. 13, 2019, file photo, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor&#39;s Residence in Columbus, Ohio. The state surpassed a new daily virus record Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, with more than 3,500 cases as Ohio joins dozens of states in a third surge of infections as the country enters the colder months. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Ohio governor signs gun rights bill eliminating duty to retreat

- Associated Press

An individual's duty to retreat before using force has been eliminated in Ohio under a gun rights bill signed by Republican Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday despite the governor's vocal concerns that GOP lawmakers were ignoring his own legislation proposed following the 2019 mass shooting in Dayton.

In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse carries a weapon as he walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake. (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP, File)

$10 million negligence claims filed in Kyle Rittenhouse case

Associated Press

Claims filed on behalf of two men shot by an Illinois teen during a night of protests over a police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, allege the city and Kenosha County were negligent in their response to the unrest.

In this Oct. 8, 2020, file photo provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. In an indictment released Thursday, Dec. 17, a federal grand jury charged six men with conspiring to kidnap Whitmer in what investigators say was a plot by anti-government extremists angry over her policies to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. (Michigan Office of the Governor via AP, File)

6 men indicted in alleged plot to kidnap Michigan governor

- Associated Press

A federal grand jury has charged six men with conspiring to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in what investigators say was a plot by anti-government extremists who were angry over her coronavirus policies.