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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..."

Students from D.C.-area schools rally for stricter gun control legislation Wednesday on the southeast lawn of the U.S. Capitol during the National School Walkout. In similar acts across the nation, students walked out of classes and held a 17-minute moment of silence in honor of the victims in the Valentine's Day massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Photo by Julia Airey / The Washington Times

Congress plunges into gun debate with school safety bill, hearing on FBI's Cruz failure

By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

The House approved $50 million in annual federal funding Wednesday to help schools assess their safety risks in the wake of last month's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, as Congress took its first modest steps into the roiling gun debate. Published March 14, 2018

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Diamond Bryant, center, a freshman at James Ferris High School walks with classmates during a student walkout, Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in Jersey City, N.J. Students across the country participated in walkouts Wednesday to protest gun violence, one month after the deadly shooting inside a high school in Parkland, Fla. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

NRA tweet: 'I'll control my own guns'

Associated Press

The National Rifle Association has sent out a defiant tweet that included a picture of an assault-style rifle and a comment saying: "I'll control my own guns, thank you."

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., joined at right by Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., holds a news conference to unveil his plan to address gun violence with legislation on restraining orders, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

D.C. leaders call for Rubio to withdraw 2017 gun bill

- The Washington Times

D.C. leaders and gun control activists are calling on Sen. Marco Rubio to withdraw his year-old bill that would rescind the District's strict gun laws in the wake of last month's high school shooting in his home state of Florida.

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file  photo, a device called a "bump stock" is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah. The Trump administration is proposing banning bump stocks, which allow guns to mimic fully automatic fire and were used in last year's Las Vegas massacre. The Justice Department's regulation, announced Saturday, March 10, 2018, would classify the device as a machine gun prohibited under federal law. The move was expected after President Donald Trump ordered officials to work toward a ban after 17 people were killed at a Florida high school.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

DOJ officially proposes ban on bump stocks

- The Washington Times

The Justice Department officially submitted a new rule to the White House Saturday to ban the possession or sale of bump stocks, which can make semiautomatic firearms fire at the rate of automatic weapons.

In this March 2, 2018, photo, a group of JROTC shooters compete in the prone position during the 2018 New Mexico Junior Olympic Qualifier for sport and precision air rifles at Cibola High School in Albuquerque, N.M., for the chance to compete at the National Junior Olympic Championships in Ohio in June. The National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years, typically used for JROTC programs, including $126,000 given to Albuquerque schools. (Marla Brose/Albuquerque Journal via AP)

NRA gave $7 million to hundreds of schools: AP analysis

- Associated Press

The National Rifle Association has given more than $7 million in grants to hundreds of U.S. schools in recent years, according to an Associated Press analysis, but few have shown any indication that they'll follow the lead of businesses that are cutting ties with the group following last month's massacre at a Florida high school.

An attendee at a rally against gun violence holds signs that read "March for Our Lives March 24" and "Take Guns Out of the Equation," Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The rally was held on the same day Gov. Inslee was scheduled to sign a bill banning the sale and possession of gun bump stocks in the state of Washington. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

States rush past idling Congress to enact stricter gun laws

- The Washington Times

Some states have rushed to enact stricter gun laws in the wake of the Parkland, Florida, school massacre, but Congress is still in pre-debate mode, with plenty of proposals attracting bipartisan support but no firm commitments from Republican leaders to bring any major gun bills to the floor.

Wisconsin woman creates gunshot alarm system

Associated Press

The deadly 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School inspired a Wisconsin woman to create a gunshot alarm system that alerts those in a building to the sound of gunfire and notifies emergency responders.

Associated Press

New frontiers of gun control

Cops in Bonita Beach, Florida, are in hot pursuit of a bold and innovative robber who tried to hold up a 7-11 convenience store the other day with his finger. He made his getaway on a bicycle and the cops haven't yet found his hide-out.

Authorities investigate the scene where a shooting occurred at Huffman High School, Wednesday, March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Ala. Birmingham Interim Police Chief Orlando Wilson said at a news conference that authorities are seeking to determine whether the shooting Wednesday at the Alabama high school was accidental or if a gun since recovered by investigators was intentionally discharged. (Carol Robinson/AL.com via AP)

1 student dead, another hurt by gun in Alabama high school

Associated Press

Birmingham closed one of its largest schools for a thorough safety sweep Thursday after metal detectors and other security measures failed to keep students from handling a gun in a classroom where one 17-year-old was fatally shot and another wounded in an apparent accident.

Besides the mega-march against gun violence in the nation's capital on March 24, some 500 "sibling marches" are planned in all 50 states, and several nations overseas. (Everytown for Gun Safety)

500 gun control marches to get a $5,000 boost -- each -- to cover expenses

- The Washington Times

Gone are the often spontaneous political rallies of yore, when hippies and their ilk simply hit the streets for a cause. The upcoming March For Our Lives rallies planned around the nation in response to the Parkland school shooting last month are meticulously organized, bear carefully calibrated messages and boast vigorous social media.

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Ohio State kicker Sean Nuernberger plays in their NCAA college spring football game Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Guns are big, but football's bigger

Guns are big in Arkansas, but hogs and football can be bigger. The National Rifle Association took on the Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas over a law that would have enabled fans to take their guns to the game, and the Razorbacks won.

Ownership of the AR-15 Rifle Included in the Constitution Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why the Second Amendment protects the AR-15

For decades the federal judiciary has been trying to interpret the Second Amendment out of the Constitution. It is, as Sanford Levinson has termed it, an "embarrassment" to an elite class of legal scholars that finds firearms to be unusual and repulsive objects. Now the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has declared that the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle is not covered by the Second Amendment, despite that fact that is the most common rifle sold in the United States. This execrable decision is the latest outrage in a long series of disingenuous judicial contortions.

Illustration on gun control in Colorado by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Colorado's Second Amendment wildfire

- The Washington Times

Last year, in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings in Connecticut, the Obama administration and then-New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg worked to put together a "coalition of the willing" to join them in a war on the Second Amendment and hit upon Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper as a likely recruit.

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California: Firearm-Related Hearings Scheduled for Next Week

Published March 16 2018

On Monday, March 19, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) will be hosting a public hearing on the proposed regulations regarding the serialization of home-built firearms.  On Tuesday, March 20, there are several firearm-related bills scheduled to be heard in their respective policy committees.  

Kroger censors gun magazines

Published March 16 2018

Kroger confirmed that it will stop selling assault rifle-themed publications, while noting it would continue to sell other gun magazines.

Resident objects to gun-toting school mascot

Published March 16 2018

“If they see a statue with a gun they’re going to think, ‘Okay, that’s appropriate, we can do that to our other schools,’” said Linda Virissimo, who lives in San Diego. “If other kids see that they’re going to think that’s okay for their schools to have a gun, but it’s not.”

From The Vault

Seth Conrad Rich, a DNC staffer, was killed in July near his home in the District of Columbia. (Image via Rich's LinkedIn profile.)

The strange case of Seth Rich

- The Washington Times

This is the unfortunate story of the killing of a young man named Seth Conrad Rich, a Nebraska-born and -reared young man whose death by two gunshots has resulted in conspiracy theories of the worst kind.