Post Politics: Guns


Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 04/03/2014

Harry Reid calls for expansion of gun background checks in response to Fort Hood shooting

But Senate leader admits he still lacks the support needed to expand the program.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:03 PM ET, 04/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  guns; 113th Congress, Senate

Posted at 07:49 AM ET, 12/17/2013

Glenn Close visiting Capitol Hill to advocate for mental health bill

The actress is joining a Hollywood campaign to pass new mental health legislation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:49 AM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, Guns, Senate Democrats, Senate Republicans

Posted at 06:24 PM ET, 12/09/2013

Congress reauthorizes ban on plastic guns

Bill does not include ban on guns produced through 3-D printers that Democrats pushed for.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:24 PM ET, 12/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  113th Congress, gun ban, Guns, NRA

Posted at 11:47 AM ET, 11/10/2013

Is Chris Christie a conservative? Who cares, Christie says

His conservative bona fides are on trial in the lead-up to 2016.

By Niraj Chokshi  |  11:47 AM ET, 11/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  2016, Chris Christie, Christie, gun control, Guns, Immigration

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Gun control groups returning to Capitol Hill

Events to be held this week were scheduled before the Navy Yard shootings.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:29 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 09/17/2013

Durbin raises gun debate in response to Navy Yard shooting

Senior senator suggests it might be time to reconsider the issue of gun control.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:21 AM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 09:01 AM ET, 06/25/2013

Giffords and Kelly hope to revive gun debate with fly-around tour of key states

By Philip Rucker  |  09:01 AM ET, 06/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Guns

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Mayors Against Illegal Guns apologizes for naming Tsarnaev as gun violence victim

Mayor Bloomberg's gun group backtracks after accidentally listing Boston bombing suspect as a victim.

By Ruth Tam  |  06:14 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  boston marathon bombings, gun control, Guns

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 06/17/2013

Democrat Begich: I'm more like a 'Rockefeller Republican"

Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska says Democrats in his state act an awful lot like Republicans elsewhere

By Ruth Tam  |  04:49 PM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Mayor Bloomberg to donors: Don't give to Democrats who blocked gun bill

New York Mayor asks big-money donors to withhold funds from Democratic senators that voted against recent gun bill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:11 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 05:32 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Biden takes questions on NSA, guns and immigration

The vice president swore in the new interim senator from New Jersey and took a few questions.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:32 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns, Immigration

Posted at 06:53 PM ET, 05/29/2013

Ricin-laced letter sent to Michael Bloomberg, police say

Letters sent to the New York mayor and Mark Glaze, director of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns, contained material that preliminary testing indicates is ricin.

By Rachel Weiner  |  06:53 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 05/17/2013

Harsh new ad hits Flake for gun control vote

Gun rights supporters are continuing to target Sen. Jeff Flake, with a group led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I) launching a new ad buy against the Arizona Republican.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:22 PM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, Guns

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 05/11/2013

Obama honors law-enforcement officers and pitches gun control

President paid tribute Saturday to the nation's law enforcement personnel and urged lawmakers to take steps to reduce gun violence.

By Philip Rucker  |  01:30 PM ET, 05/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, President Obama

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Gun-control groups winning New Hampshire air war

The fight over gun restrictions has moved from Capitol Hill to New Hampshire, and when it comes to spending, the pro-gun control groups are winning.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:48 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 05/08/2013

NRA runs new TV ad supporting Kelly Ayotte

New Hampshire Republican barrage of criticism for her stance on gun-control.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:51 PM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 05/07/2013

Senators willing to talk about guns again — but it won't happen any time soon

Senators are willing to talk about guns again — but it won't happen any time soon

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:59 PM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:20 PM ET, 05/06/2013

Some Republicans signal willingness to revive gun debate

Senate Democrats believe at least two Republicans would join with them on a new round of talks.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:20 PM ET, 05/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Ted Cruz challenges Biden to gun control debate

Speaking at the annual National Rifle Association convention in Houston, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) invited Vice President Joe Biden to debate him on gun control.

By Rachel Weiner  |  04:02 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 01:38 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Fight brewing in Kansas over gun-control nullification laws

A fight is brewing in Kansas over gun laws and the reach of the federal government.

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:38 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Daughter of Sandy Hook shooting victim confronts Kelly Ayotte on gun vote

Confrontation comes as GOP senator is targeted by gun control groups for voting against background check bill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:44 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013

Kelly Ayotte in focus as NRA and anti-gun groups mobilize

NRA, NSSF release ads in support of New Hampshire senator.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  07:02 AM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 04/24/2013

Giffords group launches first attack ads

The group launched by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, is out with its first ads criticizing senators who voted against expanded background checks for gun purchasers.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:54 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, Senate

Posted at 06:59 PM ET, 04/17/2013

How almost all the gun amendments failed

The Senate voted on six out of nine pieces of gun legislation Wednesday. Here's what you need to know.

By Rachel Weiner  |  06:59 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Gun background check compromise, assault weapon ban fail in Senate

Centerpiece gun-control proposal failed to win enough votes Wednesday, despite broad public support.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:00 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Rand Paul: Obama using Newtown victims as 'props'

With the fate of gun control legislation in doubt, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) accused President Obama of using the victims of the Newtown elementary school shootings as "props" to advance an agenda that would have done nothing to prevent the massacre.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:08 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, Senate

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 04/17/2013

NRA marshals forces against gun bill

The National Rifle Association is flooding congressional offices with calls and emails and a $500,000 internet ad buy to fight the proposed gun bill.

By Tom Hamburger  |  09:27 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Senate reaches deal on amendments to gun bill

Several senators still undecided on whether to support the plan, as Gabrielle Giffords visits Capitol Hill to meet with lawmakers.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:50 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congres, Congress, Guns

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 04/15/2013

Who's voting for the Manchin-Toomey amendment? (UPDATED)

Supporters of a bipartisan background check plan appear on the verge of earning enough support.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:33 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 06:21 PM ET, 04/11/2013

How Pat Toomey joined the background check talks

Sen. Patrick Toomey's involvement in months-long negotiations over gun background checks began much sooner than this week.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:21 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Senate opens debate on gun bill

Senate officially opens debate on the most significant gun bill in two decades.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:04 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013

Joe Manchin: 'What we did, we did right'

An interview with the key broker of the bipartisan background check agreement.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 04/10/2013

Bipartisan deal reached on gun background checks

Agreement should earn enough support for Senate to proceed to consideration of new gun legislation.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  08:43 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 04/10/2013

GOP bill to protect prosecutors could be added to gun bill

Bill could eventually be proposed as amendment to Senate gun-control bill.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:01 AM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 04/09/2013

Harry Reid invokes father's suicide in discussing gun control

Majority leader brings up a subject he's usually reluctant to discuss.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:51 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Harry Reid: Shame on GOP senators threatening to block gun bill

Harry Reid: Shame on GOP senators threatening to block gun bill

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:45 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 04/07/2013

Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy: NRA's LaPierre like 'clowns at the circus'

The Connecticut governor hits back against the NRA head Wayne LaPierre.

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:46 AM ET, 04/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/04/2013

John Cornyn: Let federal prosecutors carry guns on the job

Texas Republican considering plans to bolster federal judicial security by permitting prosecutors to carry weapons.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/28/2013

Marco Rubio joins threatened filibuster of gun legislation

Florida Republican joins a growing list of conservatives who plan to oppose Democratic plan on background checks, gun trafficking.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 09:17 AM ET, 03/28/2013

New ads feature families of Newtown victims

The 60-second ad will run in Connecticut in the Hartford media market as that state's legislature considers new gun laws.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:17 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 03/27/2013

Loughner behaved erratically before Giffords shooting, newly released records show

The new documents show Jared Lee Loughner's mother insisted he be tested for drugs, but that the test came back negative.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:59 PM ET, 03/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 03/26/2013

Post-Newtown support for gun control fades quickly

A new CBS News poll shows support for new gun control measures has fallen back below the majority level.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:33 AM ET, 03/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 03/24/2013

NRA head LaPierre says Bloomberg trying to 'buy America'

"He can't spend enough of his $27 billion to try to impose his will on the American public," LaPierre says.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:19 AM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 03/24/2013

Bloomberg on gun votes: 'I think we are going to win this'

The mayor is spending $12 million in the coming weeks to urge senators to vote for increased gun control.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:01 AM ET, 03/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 10:45 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Obama Twitter account re-tweets John Lennon's bloody glasses

The graphic picture features Lennon's glasses after he was shot to death in 1980.

By Aaron Blake  |  10:45 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Biden: Gun-control laws may have saved children in Newtown

"Think about how many ... may be alive today if he had to reload three or four times," Biden says after meeting with Newtown families.

By Aaron Blake  |  12:17 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Assault weapons ban likely won't be included in Senate gun bill

Most ambitious and controversial bill under consideration unlikely to be included in full Senate proposal.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:31 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 11:22 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Assault weapons ban passed at heated Senate hearing

Panel approves most controversial gun-control measure after combative exchange between senators.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:22 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Senate panel approves gun trafficking bill with bipartisan support

Senate Judiciary Committee refers the bipartisan measure to the full Senate.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Gabrielle Giffords ad pushes Republican senators on gun control

The former congresswoman focuses on two Republican senators.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:15 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Senators reach bipartisan agreement on gun-trafficking bill

New agreement bolsters efforts to ban the practice of selling firearms to people prohibited from buying them.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:07 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 02/28/2013

Senators delay consideration of gun legislation

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:54 AM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:34 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Bloomberg: Kelly win a harbinger of future campaigns

Bloomberg was visiting the capital the day after a major victory for his super PAC.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:34 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, sequester, White House

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Assault weapons ban subject of emotional Senate hearing

Supporters and opponents of the ban debated its merits even though it's unlikely to earn Senate passage.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 02/25/2013

Assault weapons ban could get committee vote Thursday

The proposal, by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), is opposed by moderate Democrats and most Republicans.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:27 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 02/22/2013

OFA pressures GOP lawmakers on guns in ad campaign

It's the first ad campaign by Obama's former campaign operation

By Philip Rucker  |  05:14 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns, White House

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Biden makes case for gun control in Conn. speech

Biden sought to publicly shame lawmakers who are hesitant about voting for President Obama's gun-control agenda.

By Philip Rucker  |  03:14 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, White House

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 02/21/2013

NRA raised $1.1 million in January

The cash infusion came as the group geared up for what it is calling "the fight of the century"

By Natalie Jennings  |  01:02 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 02/15/2013

Obama: ‘I wish I'd had a father who was around and involved'

Obama: ‘I wish I'd had a father who was around and involved'

By Felicia Sonmez  |  05:27 PM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, White House

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 02/15/2013

Bloomberg PAC endorses Robin Kelly in new Illinois special election ad

Bloomberg PAC backs Kelly in IL-02

By Sean Sullivan  |  10:51 AM ET, 02/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Obama: Overwhelming majorities support background checks

Here's what polls find NRA members think about universal background checks

By Scott Clement  |  10:15 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, Polls, State of the Union

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Nancy Pelosi invites Martin O'Malley and Tony Bennett to State of the Union

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has invited Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) and singer Tony Bennett to sit in her guests seats for Tuesday night's State of the Union Address.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:06 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013

Ted Nugent to attend State of the Union

Nugent, a rock star and gun rights advocate, will be the guest of a Texas congressman.

By Natalie Jennings  |  03:11 PM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, State of the Union

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 02/11/2013

Obama to discuss gun violence in Chicago

Obama to discuss gun violence in Chicago

By Natalie Jennings  |  11:14 AM ET, 02/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:06 PM ET, 02/08/2013

Bill Clinton schools House Democrats on guns, immigration and health care

Bill Clinton schools House Democrats on how to talk about guns, immigration and health care

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:06 PM ET, 02/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns, immigration

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 02/07/2013

House Democrats unveil gun-control proposals

But Democratic leaders demur on whether an assault weapons ban could ever pass Congress.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:05 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 02/07/2013

Obama predicts Pelosi will be speaker again soon

President Obama reminded fellow Democrats that regional differences may require compromise on gun control and immigration.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:54 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns, immigration, White House

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 02/04/2013

House Democrats, Republicans to unveil gun trafficking bill

It's the first bipartisan proposal put forth in the House to address gun violence.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:34 PM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 02/02/2013

White House posts photo of Obama skeet shooting

After he recently claimed to shoot at Camp David “all the time,” a barrage of questions ensued.

By Zachary Goldfarb  |  11:10 AM ET, 02/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, obama, skeet shooting

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Vice President Biden meets with Senate Democrats about gun legislation

Vice President laid out his proposals for the first time since White House unveiled them two weeks ago.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:42 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Gabrielle Giffords's testimony (Photo)

Giffords delivered the opening remarks at the Senate hearing on gun violence.

By Natalie Jennings  |  02:53 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:04 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Gabrielle Giffords meeting with Obama at White House

After making a dramatic plea for gun control legislation at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning, former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will meet with President Obama at the White House.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:04 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, White House

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Chicago teen who perfomed at inaugural events killed

Hadiya Pendleton died when a gunman opened fire on her and about a dozen other teenagers while they were hanging out at a park.

By Philip Rucker  |  12:47 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, White House

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Durbin to LaPierre: 'You missed the point'

Durbin and NRA spokesman clash over background checks

By David Fahrenthold  |  12:16 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, Guns

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Durbin mentions shooting death of inaugural marcher

"Just a matter of days after the happiest day of her life, she s gone," Durbin said.

By Natalie Jennings and Ed O'Keefe  |  12:12 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 01/30/2013

Schumer compares guns to cigarettes

Baltimore police chief agrees with Schumer on more background checks

By Ed O'Keefe  |  12:05 PM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Feinstein to LaPierre: 'You look pretty good'

It's not the first legislative fight between the senator and the NRA head.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  11:32 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 01/30/2013

LaPierre: More background checks not the answer

NRA spokesman argues against assault weapons ban, more background checks

By David Fahrenthold  |  11:18 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Gayle Trotter: 'Guns make women safer'

Gayle Trotter of the conservative Independent Women's Forum testified that banning high-capacity magazines would hurt women.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:08 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Police chief sees 'epidemic' of gun violence

Says new gun laws are 'long overdue'

By Philip Rucker  |  11:05 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Kelly: 'This time must be different'

He called for stronger gun control laws.

By David Fahrenthold  |  10:55 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 01/30/2013

David Kopel: Allow teachers to carry guns

"If we want to save lives, armed defense is the best choice," he said.

By Rachel Weiner  |  10:53 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Grassley: 'The problem is greater than guns'

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sought to steer the debate beyond recent proposals on gun control.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:37 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Giffords: 'Be bold. Be courageous'

By Philip Rucker  |  10:27 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Preview: Mark Kelly to call for expanded background checks

Kelly will stop short of calling for a new ban on assault weapons.

By David Fahrenthold  |  10:26 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congess, Guns

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Leahy stresses background checks

In his opening statement, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) focused most of his remarks on bolstering background checks for all gun buyers -- an issue earning more bipartisan support by the day.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:25 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Gabby Giffords's opening statement (transcript, video)

Read her full statement.

By Philip Rucker  |  10:19 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:16 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Senate gun violence hearings underway

Senate gun violence hearings begin with dramatic testimony from former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  10:16 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Senate hearings on gun violence

Watch the first congressional hearing on guns since the Newtown massacre

By Natalie Jennings  |  09:55 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:52 AM ET, 01/30/2013

Giffords to speak at Senate guns hearing

Giffords's husband Mark Kelly will testify.

By Ed O'Keefe and Sari Horwitz  |  08:52 AM ET, 01/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 01/29/2013

Paul Ryan open to closing gun-show loophole

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said this week that he is open to closing the loophole that allows weapon purchases at gun shows without a background check.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:05 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 01/29/2013

NRA's LaPierre to attack universal background checks

"Background checks will never be 'universal,' because criminals will never submit to them," LaPierre will say in his Senate testimony Wednesday.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:20 PM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:58 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Tom Coburn talking with Democrats about background check bill

Oklahoma Republican would lend significant GOP credibility to bipartisan attempts to draft gun control laws.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  06:58 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Mark Kelly, NRA's Wayne LaPierre to testify at Senate gun violence hearing

The witness list suggests the panel tilts slightly against stricter gun laws.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:03 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 01/25/2013

NRA lobbyist: Obama kids ad 'ill-advised'

A top lobbyist for the National Rifle Association told Reuters that he warned the gun rights group against that highlighted the armed protection President Obama's children receive.

By Rachel Weiner  |  02:02 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:02 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Washington National Cathedral dean: Gun lobby no match for cross lobby

Washington National Cathedral dean: Gun lobby no match for cross lobby

By Ed O'Keefe  |  05:02 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:17 PM ET, 01/24/2013

Manchin working with NRA on background checks

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) says he's working with the National Rifle Association on legislation that would impose new background checks, with some exceptions.

By Rachel Weiner  |  03:17 PM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 01/18/2013

Bloomberg says universal background checks should be the ‘law of the land'

Bloomberg says universal background checks should be the ‘law of the land'

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:27 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Guns, White House

Posted at 01:43 PM ET, 01/18/2013

RNC official calls NRA Web video 'inappropriate'

"I think the use of the President's children in any such ad is inappropriate," says Tennessee Republican National Committeeman John Ryder.

By Aaron Blake  |  01:43 PM ET, 01/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 01/17/2013

What Bloomberg will do next

While the NRA prides itself on playing in hundreds of races, even ones that it might lose, Bloomberg suggested that he's going to pick his spots.

By Jason Horowitz  |  05:31 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 01/17/2013

Biden on guns: This time will be different

He told mayors the need for reform is "immediate"

By Felicia Sonmez  |  03:59 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 01/17/2013

NRA asking for donations: 'They want to burn your freedom to the ground'

While President Obama rallies his supporters, the National Rifle Association is rallying theirs.

By Rachel Weiner  |  01:00 PM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 01/17/2013

President Obama rallies supporters for gun agenda

President Obama is marshaling his vast campaign network to bolster his effort to tighten restrictions on gun ownership, asking supporters to sign a petition saying they back the administration's agenda.

By Rachel Weiner  |  11:09 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:38 AM ET, 01/17/2013

Marco Rubio: Obama 'doesn't have the guts' to admit he opposes Second Amendment

Republican reaction to President Obama's gun control agenda generally has been negative, but Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) was particularly combative in an interview with Fox News Wednesday night.

By Rachel Weiner  |  09:38 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:33 AM ET, 01/17/2013

Al Franken backs assault weapons ban in principle, wants to review proposal

At a press conference Wednesday, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he supports two key parts of President Obama's plan to deal with gun violence: new limits on high-capacity magazines and strengthening background checks for gun buyers.

By Rachel Weiner  |  08:33 AM ET, 01/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Manchin 'disappointed' Obama didn't create his mass violence commission

The moderate Democratic senator didn't respond to the substance of Obama's plan, but said he had wanted the president to include his plan for a wide-ranging commission on mass violence.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:39 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Reid likely won't take lead on gun control

Senate Democratic aides said that unlike debates in recent years on health-care reform and fiscal policy, Reid is likely to step back on the gun issue.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  03:32 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Teachers unions support Obama's school safety initiatives

The nation's two main teachers unions, representing about 4.5 million educators and school personnel, support Obama's initiatives regarding school safety.

By Lyndsey Layton  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  education, gun control, Guns, Lyndsey Layton, obama

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 12/21/2012

NRA's Wayne LaPierre: Put 'armed police officers' in every school

In his first extensive public remarks since the mass shooting in Newtown, the head of National Rifle Association on Friday called for schools to be armed with police officers in an effort to reduce violent outbreaks like the one that took place last Friday.

By Sean Sullivan  |  11:28 AM ET, 12/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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