Post Politics: gun control


Posted at 08:05 AM ET, 04/16/2014

Bloomberg launches new $50 million gun control effort

The effort aims to combat the vast influence of the National Rifle Association, which has repeatedly beaten back calls for increased gun regulations.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:05 AM ET, 04/16/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 02/28/2014

2.1 million gun sales stopped by background checks in 20 years, Brady report finds

Following the Brady Campaign report, House Democrats vow to continue push for universal background checks.

By Wesley Lowery  |  11:27 AM ET, 02/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  background checks, Brady Campaign, gun control, Nancy Pelosi

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2014

White House takes two executive actions on gun background checks

A series of mass shootings in recent years have been traced to mentally ill shooters who the system failed to properly treat or identify.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:00 PM ET, 01/03/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 12/13/2013

Giffords group launches somber ad with photos of Newtown memorials

The ad features still photos of memorials to those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary and asks when Congress will act on gun control.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:07 AM ET, 12/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 12/06/2013

Gabrielle Giffords shutters campaign committee

She transferred the remaining $300,000 to her political action committee.

By Aaron Blake  |  03:44 PM ET, 12/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, gun control

Posted at 02:18 PM ET, 12/04/2013

Support for stricter gun laws continues to drop

Americans are now evenly split on the need for new gun laws.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:18 PM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:13 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Man claims ‘Joe Biden defense’ after firing shotgun into the air

“I did what Joe Biden told me to do. I went outside and fired my shotgun in the air,” the man said.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:13 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  gun control, White House

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 11:23 AM ET, 10/25/2013

Senate to hold ‘Stand Your Ground’ hearing Tuesday

Trayvon Martin’s mother, Sabrina Fulton, is expected to attend.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:23 AM ET, 10/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 09/22/2013

Joe Manchin not sold on gun control do-over

“You know, I’m not going to go out there and just beat the drum for the sake of beating the drum,” Manchin said on “Face the Nation.“

By Aaron Blake  |  11:57 AM ET, 09/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 09/20/2013

On gun violence, Americans blame mental health system over gun laws

A new Gallup poll shows 48 percent who blame the mental health system, vs. 40 percent who blame guns.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:14 AM ET, 09/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013

Starbucks now discouraging guns

CEO Howard Schultz told the Associated Press that he hopes people respect the company’s wishes, but that it won’t ban guns outright.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:25 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 09/17/2013

Harry Reid on gun control re-do: ‘We don’t have the votes’

“We’re going to move this up as quickly as we can, but we’ve got to have the votes first,” Reid said.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:27 PM ET, 09/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 09/16/2013

Senate ‘stand your ground’ hearing postponed

Witnesses that were set to testify included Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:30 PM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 08/29/2013

Obama administration closes two gun sale loopholes

The Obama administration on Thursday used executive authority to close two gun sale loopholes.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  10:34 AM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 04:51 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Nevada GOP governor vetoes gun background checks bill

Sandoval said he approves of the bill's aim but that it would infringe on Nevadans' 2nd Amendment rights.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:51 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Schumer: Bloomberg's gun ads aren't effective

Schumer suggests Bloomberg's targeting of pro-gun Democrats for their votes against gun-control legislation is counter-productive.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:56 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 11:48 AM ET, 05/10/2013

Biden on guns: 'We're going right back at it'

Biden says he got calls from four senators who voted against the legislation expressing some degree of regret.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:48 AM ET, 05/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 04/26/2013

Toomey gets slight bump from work on gun bill

The Pennsylvania senator's approval rating hits a new high.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:22 AM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:49 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Anheuser-Busch heir leaves NRA over gun bill

"The NRA I see today has undermined the values upon which it was established," Busch wrote in a letter obtained by KSDK-TV in St. Louis. "Your current strategic focus places a priority on the needs of gun and ammunition manufacturers while disregarding the opinions of your 4 million individual members."

By Aaron Blake  |  10:49 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Manchin: NRA 'made a big mistake'

The West Virginia senator says the group made illogical claims about his legislation's effects.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:36 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 04/18/2013

Toomey: 'No regrets' on gun control effort

"I did the best I could. I wish it had passed, but the Senate has spoken and these things happen," Toomey said. "It's always worth it to do the right thing. No regrets."

By Aaron Blake  |  10:58 AM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 06:00 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Obama: 'This was a pretty shameful day for Washington'

The president was reacting to the defeat of a compromise amendment on background checks.

By Aaron Blake  |  06:00 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 04/17/2013

Manchin-Toomey gun amendment fails

The gun control compromise fashioned by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was defeated in the Senate on Wednesday in the first major vote of a marathon session.

By Aaron Blake  |  04:46 PM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Manchin-Toomey gun compromise headed for defeat

New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R) will vote against the gun control compromise spearheaded by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), all but assuring the amendment won't pass.

By Ed O'Keefe and Aaron Blake  |  11:02 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 04/17/2013

Manchin: 'We will not get the votes' on gun compromise

Sen. Joe Manchin conceded in an interview today that his bipartisan gun proposal isn't going to pass in the Senate, but his office later backed off that assertion.

By Aaron Blake  |  09:03 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Congress, gun control

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 04/10/2013

Obama, Bloomberg sign off on gun compromise, NRA does not

The New York mayor and gun-control supporter says he will push hard for the bill.

By Aaron Blake  |  02:01 PM ET, 04/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Biden makes emotional plea for vote on gun bill

Vice President Biden implores lawmakers to 'stand up and be counted' on gun bill

By Scott Wilson  |  03:55 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Biden, Congress, gun control

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Gun vote set for Thursday as Democrats beat back GOP-led filibuster

Eight Republican senators say they will not support a filibuster, meaning a united Democratic caucus could bring the bill to a vote.

By Aaron Blake and Ed O'Keefe  |  01:17 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 04/04/2013

NRA's LaPierre: No evidence new Conn. laws would have prevented Newtown massacre

"There's no evidence that anything would have changed," LaPierre says.

By Aaron Blake  |  05:00 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Connecticut passes gun-control bill

The state joins New York and Colorado as the first three states to pass new gun control legislation in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:01 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 04/04/2013

Poll: 9 in 10 back universal checks, but nearly half say they would lead confiscation

While 91 percent of Americans support universal background checks before gun purchases, nearly half say it would lead to the confiscation of legally owned guns.

By Aaron Blake  |  08:00 AM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 04/03/2013

House Democrat confuses her own gun-control proposal

The congresswoman suggests that high-capacity magazines would be phased out

By Aaron Blake  |  04:55 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013

Gabrielle Giffords wins Profile in Courage Award

The award goes to people who have demonstrated courage without regard for the personal or political consequences.

By Aaron Blake  |  11:00 AM ET, 03/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein: 'You can't sit back and just let the gun organizations call public policy'

The California lawmaker plans to push ahead with a bill banning assault weapons -- no matter the politics of the moment.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  02:33 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 01:15 PM ET, 01/16/2013

Congress reacts to Obama's gun control proposals

Congress's response is largely breaking down along predictably partisan lines.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  01:15 PM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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