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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at [email protected].

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A Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22 Muddy Girl Sport rifle chambered in .22 LR is shown in front of a rack of other rifles at Duke's Sport Shop in New Castle, Pa. on Thursday, March 1, 2018. Sales of firearms slowed dramatically after the election of President Donald Trump in 2016. American Outdoor Brands, which owns Smith & Wesson, said revenue fell by one-third over the past three months. The company said demand dropped in December and January, before the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and the debates on gun laws that followed. The company doesn't expect sales to improve much over the next 18 months. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Gun rights advocates take aim at new age restrictions

As stores rush to impose a minimum age of 21 for gun purchases, some Second Amendment supporters say like-minded people should consider mounting legal challenges, saying the companies may have a hard time defending against claims of age discrimination for a core constitutional right. Published March 4, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meets with reporters as work continues on a plan to keep the government open as a funding deadline approaches, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Democrats demand bill with expanded background checks, gun confiscations

Senate Democrats offered their ante Thursday in the renewed gun control debate, saying any bill must expand background checks and allow court-ordered gun confiscations while demanding a vote on a semi-automatic rifle ban -- though they said that is not a deal-breaker if it doesn't become law. Published March 1, 2018

President Donald Trump pauses during a meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House, in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, with members of congress to discuss school and community safety. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump urges lawmakers to 'do something' about school shootings

Saying he wants a "strong" response to the Florida high school massacre, President Trump urged lawmakers Wednesday to move forward with a Senate bill to expand background checks on gun purchases, legislation that was defeated in 2013 with opposition from the National Rifle Association. Published February 28, 2018

Crime scene tape runs outside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. Authorities opened the streets around the school, which had been closed since a mass shooting on Wednesday. Nikolas Cruz, a former student, was charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Federal research ban keeps mental health role in mass shootings a mystery

One of the big unknowns in the gun debate is the actual role mental health plays in fueling mass shootings. And analysts say the reason it's still unknown is because a provision of federal law has prevented the federal government from funding that research for more than two decades. Published February 27, 2018

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks to the media during a news conference, Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) **FILE**

House Republicans push for vote on national instant check system expansion

Nearly two dozen House Republicans are pushing Speaker Paul D. Ryan for a quick vote on a bill to get more records into the national instant check system, as lawmakers search for a legislative response to the most recent mass shooting that has a realistic shot at passing Congress. Published February 26, 2018

People embrace as they look at a memorial for the shooting victims at Drillfield on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., Thursday, April 19, 2007.    (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Feds halted millions of gun purchases on mental health grounds since Virginia Tech

In its first nine years of operation, the National Instant Criminal Background Check System flagged just 3,200 gun purchases, or just a couple dozen a month. But then came the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, and a push to get states to add more mental health records to the system. The number soared from a few hundred thousand to nearly 4.7 million by the end of 2016. Published February 26, 2018