Sen. Rick Scott, head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, came out strongly Thursday against the bipartisan gun bill before it passed the upper chamber, putting more daylight between him and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who made the gun deal possible.
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Senate Republicans handed President Biden a huge win with the first new federal gun control law in decades, but the bipartisan deal and its tighter restrictions on firearms remain hugely unpopular within much of the GOP.
The Constitution became a little simpler with last week’s decisions on guns and abortion, as the Supreme Court’s conservative wing pared back decades of legal rule-making and declared that the founding document means what it says — and only that.
Sen. Rick Scott, head of the Senate GOP’s campaign arm, said Thursday he will vote against the bipartisan gun bill that has won the blessing of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, putting more distance between the two powerbrokers.
President Biden on Thursday called on Americans “to make their voices heard on gun safety” following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that a New York state law requiring people to show “proper cause” to carry a firearm is unconstitutional.
The Supreme Court delivered a forceful affirmation of gun rights Thursday by striking down a New York law that required residents to show they faced a particular danger before they could obtain a permit to carry a concealed firearm.
Former President Donald Trump is calling on House Republicans to vote against an 80-page gun control bill poised to pass the Senate this week.
House Republicans have vowed to oppose the bipartisan gun control bill that was sanctioned by Senate GOP leaders who lined up the needed support for it to pass in the upper chamber as soon as Thursday.
A cadre of Senate Republicans introduced legislation Wednesday to punish “woke” corporations for backing policies that infringe on the Second Amendment.
Fourteen Senate Republicans bucked the National Rifle Association and other Second Amendment advocates on Tuesday to advance bipartisan gun control and school safety legislation.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged on Tuesday to vote for the bipartisan gun and school safety bill, likely assuring the measure’s passage.
Fifty House Republicans have petitioned President Biden to stop the Pentagon’s plan to ban commercial production of AR-15 ammunition at the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri, which makes as much as 40% of the commercially available AR-15 bullets in the U.S.
Starting July 1, the sale of ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds will be banned in Washington state. Importing, manufacturing and distributing them will be outlawed, too.
A New York law that prohibits most civilians from purchasing “bullet-resistant soft body armor” would not have applied to the shooter who killed 10 persons at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store.
Texas Republicans adopted a platform over the weekend that denies the legitimacy of President Biden’s win in 2020, chastises Sen. John Cornyn for working on a bipartisan gun deal and calls homosexuality “abnormal.”
A 15-year-old boy was shot to death and three adults, including a police officer, were wounded after a musical event lacking a permit erupted into chaos on a District of Columbia street Sunday night, police said.
Sen. John Cornyn was booed at the Texas Republican Party’s annual convention Friday for his efforts to craft a bipartisan deal on guns and school safety. Mr. Cornyn’s advocacy for red-flag laws has particularly been of concern to critics who say gun owners’ due-process rights will be violated.
Congress has reached a make-or-break point in the Senate’s bipartisan gun deal, with lawmakers warning that the nascent agreement needs to be finalized soon or risk it being derailed.
A gunman opened fire at a potluck dinner inside a suburban Alabama church, killing two members and wounding a third before being taken into custody Thursday, authorities said.
The country’s eyes are trained on high-profile massacres in Texas and Buffalo, but most mass shootings bear little resemblance to those.
Democrat Beto O’Rourke is gaining ground on Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in their Texas gubernatorial showdown following the mass shooting at a Uvalde elementary school.
A grand jury formally indicted Nicholas John Roske on Wednesday, charging him with the attempted assassination of a Supreme Court justice.
The White House will announce on Thursday a new task force that will examine connections between online harassment, mass shootings and violence against women and members of the LGBTQ community.
A Super Bowl quarterback called for stricter gun control laws Tuesday, saying the law has to “make it harder” to get guns, especially the “crazy” types.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Monday that the Justice Department was redoubling efforts to combat gun violence and illegal weapons trafficking.
Gun rights advocates say so-called red flag laws that aim to stop mass shootings aren’t needed because states already have laws that allow mentally ill people to be confined against their will and lose the right of firearm ownership for life.
Gun control advocates revile the AR-15 rifle as an “assault weapon” or “weapon of war” that should be banned. Yet the same gun is beloved by firearms enthusiasts so much that it is the most popular style of rifle sold in the U.S.
Roddy Ricch is facing gun charges after being arrested on his way to perform at a concert Saturday night.
Senate lawmakers edged closer to breaking a decades-long logjam on gun policy Sunday, announcing a bipartisan framework for expanding background checks and funding school safety efforts after a spate of mass shootings created a heightened sense of urgency among lawmakers.
Thousands gathered on the National Mall in the District on Saturday to rally for stricter gun control measures in the wake of the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York.
The New York attorney general’s lawsuit against the National Rifle Association is no mere “witch hunt,” a New York judge ruled Friday in dismissing the gun rights advocacy group’s claims that the case is a political vendetta.
Five House Republicans broke ranks on Thursday and stared down the gun lobby by backing a Democratic-led effort to create a national “red flag” law.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is refusing to throw her support behind a bipartisan deal on guns and school safety.
President Biden blamed his predecessor Wednesday when explaining to talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel why he hasn’t issued an executive order curbing gun rights in the wake of recent horrific mass shootings.
Survivors of the mass shootings in Texas and New York demanded Wednesday that Congress take action to prevent further bloodshed, but the best House Democrats could do was pass a package of gun control bills that have no chance of becoming law.
Federal firearms dealers are getting their licenses revoked or not renewed by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms at a much greater rate since President Biden first came to office, a GOP lawmaker said Wednesday.
Hopes are fading in Washington that a quick deal on guns will materialize this week, with lawmakers struggling to fashion a deal acceptable to all sides.
Senate leaders are giving a bipartisan group of lawmakers more time to finish a compromise bill on guns and school safety, even as hopes fade for a quick deal.
President Biden met Tuesday with the lead Senate Democrat working to craft a bipartisan gun deal as the talks continued.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a new terror alert Tuesday warning that anger over the chaotic U.S.-Mexico border or a looming Supreme Court decision on abortion rights could lead to more mass violence.
House and Senate Republicans say they are open to including youth felony records in the federal background checks for purchasing firearms.
Democrats are warming to including school security measures in a compromise gun bill, viewing the concession as potentially key to clinching a deal with Republicans.
Gov. Bill Lee announced Monday that he does not support restricting firearms or strengthening gun control laws in response to recent mass shootings in Tennessee and around the country, including the gunning down of 19 elementary school students and two teachers in Texas.
New Yorkers under age 21 will be prohibited from buying semiautomatic rifles under a new law signed Monday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, making the state one of the first to enact a major gun control initiative following a wave of deadly mass shootings.
The Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a case brought by a St. Louis couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters. Husband-and-wife attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey were protesting the state of Missouri’s suspension of their law licenses over the incident.
A Democratic congressman is drafting legislation that would impose a 1,000% tax on assault weapons in response to a terrifying spate of mass shootings.
Nearly 3 in 4 parents say they are at least somewhat concerned about the possibility of gun violence at their children’s school, according to a CBS News/YouGov poll that finds 1 in 3 is “very concerned” amid reports of shootings.
A shooting near a Tennessee nightclub early Sunday led to three deaths and 14 people suffering gunshot wounds and other injuries, police said.
Sen. Christopher Murphy, the Connecticut Democrat leading bipartisan talks to get gun laws passed, urged President Biden on Sunday to stay out of the negotiations or risk scuttling a deal.
The federal government has no waiting period. A bill that passed the Democrat-led U.S. House last year would extend the review period for background checks from three days to 10, but it’s opposed by Republicans and is not part of current negotiations in the Senate over how Congress can respond to the recent massacres.
After a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, on May 24, several pastors around the country challenged their conservative counterparts with this question: Are you pro-life if you are pro-gun?
It’s an ecosystem rich with potential recruits for extremist groups exploiting the often blurry line separating traditional support for a Constitutional right from militant anti-government movements that champion racism and violence.
Rep. Chris Jacobs is dropping his reelection bid after coming under fire from fellow Republicans for backing a ban on assault weapons.
A flood of gun-control proposals has inundated Congress in response to a terrifying spate of mass shootings but, lawmakers say, the growing stack of bills only weighs down negotiations and makes a deal less likely.
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Tomorrow, June 24, the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee will be hearing several budget trailer bills including Assembly Bill 88 relating to the public safety budget.
Despite pressing issues the state is facing surrounding the COVID-19 crisis, lawmakers are continuing the assault on our Second Amendment Freedoms, scheduling additional anti-gun bills for a hearing this week. The House Pubic Safety and Judiciary Committees are holding a joint hearing on Wednesday, June 24 to hear SB 2635 and SB 3054. Additionally as reported, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be considering HB 1902 and HB 2744 on Thursday, June 25.
Next Wednesday, sections of House Bill 1284 (2019) will go into effect. A five-year License to Carry a Handgun will now be free to obtain.
Gun owners are by now used to being disappointed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to uphold their rights or even to defend its own Second Amendment precedents. But the court’s neglect reached a new low last Monday, with its sweeping decision to deny review of the many Second Amendment cases pending on its docket.
As we reported earlier, Chokwe Lumumba, the mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, announced an executive order on April 24 as part of his response to the COVID-19 civil emergency. The order prohibited the “carrying of an unconcealed loaded or unloaded pistol or revolver or any other firearm, carried upon the person or in a sheath, belt holster or shoulder holster or in a purse, handbag, satchel, other similar bag or briefcase or fully enclosed case, with such pistol, revolver, or firearm being wholly or partially visible.”