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The latest news coverage, opinion and information on Second Amendment rights and gun control. The Second Amendment states "a well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed..."

In this March 23, 2019, file photo, former Columbine Principal Frank DeAngelis reflects about the upcoming 20th anniversary of the mass shooting at the suburban Denver high school. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert, File)

Principals from schools with shootings form support group

- Associated Press

In the days after a teenager shot and killed three fellow students at Ohio’s Chardon High School in 2012, then-Principal Andy Fetchik remembers getting a call from someone who knew just what he was experiencing.

In this March 17, 2019, file photo, a girl carries flowers to a memorial wall following the mosque shootings in Christchurch, New Zealand. New Zealand's parliament on Wednesday passed sweeping gun laws which outlaw military-style weapons, less than a month after the nation's worst mass shooting left 50 dead and 39 wounded in two mosques in the South Island city of Christchurch. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

New Zealand Parliament votes to ban semi-automatic weapons

- Associated Press

New Zealand’s Parliament on Wednesday passed sweeping gun laws that outlaw military-style weapons, less than a month after mass shootings at two mosques in the city of Christchurch left 50 people dead and dozens wounded.

Capital Gazette shooting trial delayed until November

- Associated Press

A judge delayed the trial of a man charged with killing five people at a Maryland newspaper office until November on Thursday. Also, a deadline for attorneys to change his plea to not criminally responsible by reason of insanity was extended again, as the defense evaluates what an attorney described as his client’s “bizarre behavior” and a “history of mental illness.”

Deborah Judd, 56, sits in her hospital bed at Harborview Medical Center and talks about the injuries she suffered in a shooting a day earlier, Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Seattle. The afternoon shooting spree and carjacking in Seattle left two people dead and two injured. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Wounded teacher expected shots at school, not on drive home

- Associated Press

Longtime schoolteacher Deborah Judd has grown accustomed to active-shooter drills in her second-grade classroom. She was less prepared to see a gunman in the street on her way home.

(Associated Press)

1 dead, 2 barricaded amid standoff at New Hampshire hotel

Associated Press

New Hampshire’s attorney general’s office says a man has been killed in an officer-involved shooting with police and Drug Enforcement Agency agents at a hotel. Two people remain barricaded in a first-floor room.

In this Feb. 13, 2019, file photo Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison addresses media at Parliament House in Canberra. Morrison, on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, accused an influential minor political party of trying to "sell Australia's gun laws to the highest bidders" by asking the U.S. gun lobby for donations. (AP Photos/Rod McGuirk, File)

Australian party accused of asking NRA gun lobby for money

- Associated Press

Australia’s prime minister on Tuesday accused an influential minor political party of trying to “sell Australia’s gun laws to the highest bidders” by asking the U.S. gun lobby for donations.

Sandy Hook victim’s father kills himself; Parkland community worried after 2 survivors’ suicides

- Associated Press

The community of Parkland, Florida, is focusing attention on its suicide prevention programs after two survivors of the Florida high school massacre killed themselves in a week. Also Monday, police in Connecticut said the father of one of the 20 children slain at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2002 was found dead in an apparent suicide.

Bump stocks can turn semi-automatic rifles into rapid-fire weapons similar to machine guns. (Associated Press/File)

Upcoming bump stock ban alarms gun groups

- The Washington Times

Gun-rights advocates are mounting a last-gasp push to block the Trump administration’s bump-stock ban from taking effect Tuesday, saying hundreds of thousands of Americans could suddenly find themselves violating federal law absent action from the courts.

In this Jan. 19, 2016 file photo, handguns are displayed at the Smith & Wesson booth at the Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas.  (AP Photo/John Locher, File) **FILE**

Rural Nevada sheriffs balking at strict gun background law

Associated Press

Two rural Nevada sheriffs are citing the Second Amendment and one is invoking the specter of Nazi Germany in vowing not to enforce a strict new gun background check law just approved by the state Legislature.

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham endorsed a scaled-back version of a proposal to spend more money from a state education trust to support early childhood education programs on Monday, March 4, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M. A more ambitious proposal has stalled in the state Senate as lawmakers grapple with a court order to shore up resources for public education. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico moves to expand background checks on gun sales

- Associated Press

Legislators sent a bill to expand background checks on private gun sales in New Mexico to the governor’s desk Monday for certain approval after a bruising series of debates and objections from county sheriffs across much of the state.

In this Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, file photo, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), at National Harbor, Md.  (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Andrew Cuomo ‘hates’ the NRA, LaPierre tells CPAC

- The Washington Times

Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, told conservative activists on Saturday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo “hates” the gun-rights group and vowed to continue pushing back against the state’s treatment of the NRA.

Colorado Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, foreground, speaks as Colorado House Majority Leader Alec Garnett, D-Denver, listens during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on a bill to get a "red flag" gun law on the books in Colorado Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Denver. The bill, which is backed by several law enforcement officials, would allow for the seizure of weapons from persons deemed by a court to pose a significant risk to themselves and to others. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado ‘red flag’ gun bill passes first hearing

- Associated Press

Colorado Democrats launched another campaign Thursday to pass a “red flag” gun law - an effort backed by many top law enforcement officials to allow weapons to be seized from people who are determined by a court to pose significant risk.

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President Trump and Vice President Pence to speak at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum

Published April 19 2019

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will address NRA members at the NRA Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) Leadership Forum on Friday, April 26, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the second consecutive year that the president and vice president will speak at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum.

Heeee’s Baaack: Bill Clinton Peddles Gun Control on a Wish and a Lie

Published April 19 2019

Proving there is no statute of limitations on political opportunism, this week former President Bill Clinton used the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the tragic school shooting in Littleton, Colo. to pen an op-ed pushing the modern gun control agenda. In doing so, Clinton adopted several of the tired falsehoods that have become attendant to this debate.In recalling a White House conference on school violence that touched upon school shootings in 1999, Clinton noted, “This was a year before Columbine, when our nation did not foresee how increasingly frequent such attacks would become…” This passage is intended to give the impression that school violence and school shootings are common occurrences that have increased since the 1990s. This is not true.

New York Times Admits Privately-Funded “Gun Violence” Research is a Thing

Published April 19 2019

The New York Times – the “paper of record” – reports that “Gun Research is Suddenly Hot.” While we’re happy to see the Times has finally acknowledged that “gun research” can survive federal restrictions on taxpayer funded gun control advocacy, there are necessary caveats here.The volume of “gun violence research” may be increasing, but the field has not been as neglected as the media would have you believe. The Arnold Foundation and the Rand Corporation have partnered on a research venture into firearm-related violence that to date has reviewed thousands of studies published between 2003 and 2016. 

Media Continues to Cause Distorted Fear of School Violence

Published April 19 2019

When it comes to the wellbeing of today’s youth, one would think that all could agree that provoking unnecessary fear should be avoided. That apparently is not the case, however, when it comes to pushing the narrative that changes are urgently needed to America’s gun control laws to keep schoolchildren safe from an “epidemic” of “gun violence” that is spiraling out of control. The truth is that schools are as safe as they’ve been in the last two decades, yet polls show the public believing the opposite to be true.

North Idaho’s Arm of the NRA

Published April 19 2019

Sitting across from him in the Hayden Panera Bread on Prairie Avenue, watching him smile and sip his coffee as he tells his genial backstory in a friendly, mild-mannered voice, it’s easy to forget that Dwight Van Horn is one of the most powerful people you’ll likely ever meet.