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Second Amendment and Gun Control

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..."

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  • FILE - This Nov. 11, 2013 file photo shows honoree Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis attending the 23rd Annual Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Carnegie Hall in New York. Roig-DeBellis, a teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who helped save students' lives during a mass shooting, has a book deal. G.P. Putnam's Sons for "Choosing Hope: Moving Forward from Your Life's Darkest Hour." The book will be released in the spring of 2015. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

    Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal

    By Associated Press

    A Connecticut teacher who helped save students' lives during the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre has a book deal. Published July 29, 2014

  • D.C. Police Chief Cathy L Lanier, with Mayor Vincent C. Gray, discusses an initiative for phone-service carriers to disable stolen smartphones as soon as the theft is reported. Chief Lanier is a leading advocate of the FCC-coordinated program. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

    D.C. police told not to arrest people carrying legally registered guns

    By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times

    D.C. police issued bulletins to officers and residents Monday explaining that they no longer would arrest people for carrying legally registered handguns outside their homes. Published July 28, 2014

  • Guns no longer have to stay inside the businesses or homes of D.C. residents who own them, according to a landmark federal court ruling issued last week. (Associated Press)

    D.C. plans to seek stay of order striking down ban on handguns in public

    By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times

    Attorneys for Washington, D.C., said Sunday that they will seek to forestall a judge's landmark ruling that struck down as unconstitutional the city's ban on carrying handguns outside the home. Published July 27, 2014

  • ** FILE ** In this  July 19, 2013, file photo, 4-year-old Jake Richards watches as his sister Stephanie makes signs reading "Remember Aurora," during a remembrance event at which the names of people killed by gun violence in America over the previous year were read aloud, at Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, file)

    Colorado gun crackdown law found to be built on faulty data

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    The data used to justify a law in Colorado that expanded background check mandates on all gun buyers is false, flawed and faulty, a media-driven analysis showed. Published July 25, 2014

  • Theodore Wafer sits in court at his second-degree murder trial in Detroit on Wednesday July 23, 2014.   Wafer isaccused of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Renisha McBride on the front-porch of his Dearborn Heights, Mich., home.(AP Photo/Detroit News, David Coates)  DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

    Detroit porch shooting trial: Suspect says he didn't know gun was loaded

    By Associated Press

    A suburban Detroit man who killed an unarmed woman on his porch immediately suggested to police it was an accident and that he didn't know his shotgun was loaded, according to recorded remarks played in court Thursday. Published July 24, 2014

  • Chicago police display some of the nearly 3,400 illegal firearms confiscated so far this year in their battle against gun violence in the Windy City. (Associated Press photographs)

    Crime-ridden U.S. cities differ on ways to fight gun violence

    By Kelly Riddell - The Washington Times

    The most horrifying experience a citizen can have is to stare down the barrel of a gun held by a violent criminal. But under President Obama, federal prosecutors in two of the nation's most crime-ridden cities have taken vastly different paths to address the threat. Published July 24, 2014

  • Shiloh Brew and Chew, a restaurant in Tennessee, has posted several signs on doors at the establishment welcoming gun-carrying patrons.

    Tennessee restaurant: 'Guns are Welcome' signs cause business to spike

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    A restaurant owner in Tennessee said customers started flocking to her establishment after she posted a sign declaring "Guns are Welcome." Published July 24, 2014

  • Obama talks tough about gun control, but prosecutions plummet on his watch

    By Kelly Riddell - The Washington Times

    President Obama decries gun violence and presses for more laws to restrict ownership, yet his Justice Department has prosecuted 25 percent fewer cases. Published July 23, 2014

  • Actor Chuck Norris wears a honorary Texas Rangers law enforcement pin during a ceremony Thursday, Dec. 2, 2010, in Garland, Texas. Martial-arts expert Norris became a real-life honorary Texas Ranger after having played a Ranger for years on television. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Chuck Norris honorary chairman of NRA voter registration campaign

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    The National Rifle Association's voter registration organization kicked off its 2014 "Trigger the Vote" campaign Wednesday and announced it will again enjoy support from honorary chairman Chuck Norris. Published July 23, 2014

  • **FILE** Doug Bigelow, of Hagerstown, Md., expresses his support for the right to bear arms on March 1, 2013, in Annapolis, where a gun-control measure that would ban assault weapons had a hearing. As a gun-control measure aims to ban assault weapons in Maryland, neighboring states are trying to woo away a Beretta factory, whose employees would be unable to buy some of its products. (Associated Press)

    Beretta leaves Maryland over gun laws, heads for Tennessee

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Citing Maryland's recently enacted firearm laws and the prospect of more restrictions, the U.S. arm of legendary Italian gunmaker Beretta announced Tuesday that it would move its manufacturing operations to Tennessee next year. Published July 22, 2014

  • Detroit Police Chief James Craig addresses the media after a shooting injuring four people at a tax preparation business in Detroit, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014. Deputy Police Chief Rodney Johnson said a woman became upset when her tax refund wasn't ready Friday and started scuffling with the guard. Johnson said the man with her pulled a gun and started shooting. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Jarrad Henderson)  DETROIT NEWS OUT; NO SALES; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Detroit police chief: 'No question in my mind' legal gun ownership deters crime

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    Detroit has experienced 37 percent fewer robberies than it did last year, and Police Chief James Craig is crediting armed citizens for the drop. Published July 16, 2014

  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon speaks during a meeting on jobs and education at the National Governors Association convention Saturday, July 12, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Missouri governor vetoes bill to arm teachers in schools

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Missouri Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon turned aside a legislative attempt to arm select teachers in schools, vetoing a bill that would have put guns in schools and saying he couldn't support such a notion. Published July 15, 2014

  • Developed for use in the Israeli armed forces, the Desert Eagle .50 caliber is one of the largest magazine-fed handguns ever made.

    Florida police spokesman tells citizens: 'Get yourself some firearms'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Proposed cuts in the local Miami-Dade County budget that could lead to the firing of hundreds of law enforcement officers have led one police association spokesman to issue a stark warning to local citizens: Better buy some guns. Published July 11, 2014

  • This photo released by Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation shows Andy Serkis as Caesar in a scene from the film, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (AP Photo/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)

    'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' filmakers deny anti-gun agenda

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    The makers behind "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" are hitting back at accusations that the new film pushes an anti-gun agenda. Published July 9, 2014

  • Takoma Park Police Chief Alan Goldberg was outraged after he walked into an Ikea furniture store and was asked to leave because of his service weapon. (NBC 4)

    Police chief booted from Maryland Ikea over service weapon

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    A Maryland police chief was outraged after he walked into an Ikea furniture store and asked to leave because of his service weapon. Published July 9, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg attends a news conference of the Genesis Prize Foundation in Jerusalem, Thursday, May 22, 2014. Bloomberg said. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

    Bloomberg's gun control group to vet candidates ahead of election

    By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

    A gun-control group funded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to start vetting congressional candidates ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, as it looks to ramp up pressure on lawmakers to pass more restrictive gun laws. Published July 7, 2014

  • **FILE** Todd Vandermyde with the NRA shows off a gun butt stock during a House Committee hearing on assault weapons at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield in February 2013. (Associated Press)

    Court orders Chicago to pay NRA's legal fees

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    A federal court is ordering the city of Chicago to pay the National Rifle Association nearly $1 million in legal fees. Published July 7, 2014

  • An art rendering shows plans for Elite Shooting Sports, which will house several shooting ranges, a cafe, a lounge and a retail area.

    Shooters welcome at 'guntry clubs'

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    A shooting range consultant is opening a 65,000-square-foot indoor facility in October — the latest in a number of shooting clubs that have been popping up in places from gun-friendly Colorado and Texas to Miami's Wynwood Arts District. Published July 6, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This June 25, 2014, file photo shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaking in Haddon Heights, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    Chris Christie vetoes gun control bill, says it wouldn't reduce violence

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has vetoed a bill that would have limited the size of ammunition magazines in his state. Published July 3, 2014

  • **FILE** The Supreme Court building in New York is seen here on May 3, 2011. (Associated Press)

    NYC judge launches into anti-gun rant during murder ruling: 'We are cannibalizing each other'

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    A New York City judge ranted against gun activists Tuesday, calling them "out of touch with reality," as he handed down a maximum sentence for a 21-year-old man who killed a woman with an illegal gun. Published July 2, 2014

  • Franco Gussalli Beretta, a director of Beretta USA Corp., speaks Wednesday during a ceremony at the state Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., to announce that the Italian firearms maker is building a new manufacturing a research facility in the state. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig

    Gun makers flee Northeast for 'true blood Second Amendment' states

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Gun manufacturers are leaving the Northeast in droves, seeking out new production homes in the comparatively low-tax, Second Amendment-friendly South — and at a time when firearms sales have skyrocketed, industry data showed. Published July 1, 2014

  • **FILE** John Jackson, co-owner of Capitol City Arms Supply, shows an AR-15 assault rifle for sale at his business in Springfield, Ill., on  Jan. 16, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Missouri church offers AR-15 rifle raffle to entice younger male crowd

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    A Joplin, Missouri, church has decided the best way to "get more people to follow Jesus" and join the congregation is to hold a raffle — with two Black Rain AR-15 assault rifles as the prize. Published June 23, 2014

  • Participants of a handgun qualification license class listen to Manager Bryon Gossard of Durwood, Md., second from right as he gives firing instructions during the live shooting portion of the class at Gilbert Indoor Range, Rockville, Md., Sunday, November 17, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Missouri trains teachers to carry concealed firearms in class

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    School districts in Missouri have started sending staffers to firearms training so they can become an effective first line of defense in the case of a school shooting. Published June 23, 2014

  • Safe distance: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is a sympathetic figure, but many Democrats do not want to be associated with her gun control views. (Associated Press)

    Kiss off: Democrats from pro-gun states tell ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to stay away

    By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times

    Everybody loves Gabby Giffords — just not necessarily Democrats on the campaign trail. Published June 22, 2014

  • FILE - This June 27, 2012, file photo shows an American flag in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. It's crunch time at the court, where the justices are racing to issue opinions in 17 cases over the next two weeks. The religious rights of corporations, the speech rights of abortion protesters and the privacy rights of people under arrest are among the significant issues that are so far unresolved as summer beckons Supreme Court justices. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

    Supreme Court rules for stricter scrutiny of gun purchases

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    The Supreme Court on Monday tightened restrictions on gun purchases, ruling that the government can be strict in trying to weed out potential "straw" buyers who plan to traffic the weapons. Published June 16, 2014

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    'Not one more!': Gun control group marches over Brooklyn Bridge

    By Jonathan Lemire - Associated Press

    Hundreds of demonstrators are marching across the Brooklyn Bridge to call for tougher gun control laws. Published June 14, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Hallmark will close its plant in Topeka, Kan., as the popularity of e-cards, emails and Facebook have sharply cut into sales of traditional greeting cards. (Associated Press)

    Hallmark's gun stance irks victims' group; Father's Day card boycott planned

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    National Gun Victims Action Council has kicked off a boycott call against the card maker Hallmark after the company chairman refused to speak publicly about the notion of universal background checks. Published June 12, 2014

  • President Barack Obama listens to a question submitted on Tumblr, read by Tumblr Founder and CEO David Karp, left, during a Tumblr forum, Tuesday, June 10, 2014, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    Obama says America 'should be ashamed' of its gun laws

    By Ben Wolfgang - The Washington Times

    Despite virtually no legislation on gun control and little hope for a breakthrough, President Obama made clear this week he still sees the issue as a top priority in his second term, publicly chastising lawmakers and gun-rights advocates and telling them they "should be ashamed" of U.S. firearms laws. Published June 10, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Bill Maher. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

    Bill Maher: Open carry gun rights advocates are 'ammo-sexuals'

    By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times

    HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher has a new phrase to describe staunch advocates of open carry gun laws: 'ammo-sexuals.' Published June 7, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This May 9, 2014, photo shows the South Portico of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

    Vermont gun importer lays off 41, blames White House

    By Associated Press

    The White House isn't responding to claims from a Vermont gun importer that it is to blame for blocking a permit that would have allowed it to re-import a number of historic America-made firearms from South Korea. Published June 6, 2014

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  • Illustration Second Amendment by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    SOWELL: The liberal illusion of peace

    By Thomas Sowell

    Liberals can be disarming. In fact, they are for disarming anybody who can be disarmed, whether domestically or internationally. Published April 23, 2014

  • MILLER: Witaschek surrenders to D.C. police 'Gun Offenders Registry'

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    On Friday afternoon, I accompanied Mr. Witaschek and his wife, Bonnie, to Metropolitan Police Department headquarters to abide by the terms of his sentence, which meant registering within 48 hours. Published March 28, 2014

  • The Firearms Registration Section at D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department. (Photo by Emily Miller)

    MILLER: Gun re-registration begins in D.C., may lead to arrest and confiscation

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    Starting on Jan. 2, every single D.C. resident who has registered a firearm since 1976 must go to police headquarters to pay a $48 fee and be photographed and fingerprinted. The Metropolitan Police Department estimates there are at least 30,000 registered gun owners. Published January 1, 2014

  • Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, speaks with Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, second from right, after testifying at a Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing to urge state lawmakers to pass legislation requiring residents to obtain a license before purchasing a handgun, ban assault weapons, limit magazine capacities to 10 rounds and require prospective gun buyers to complete a safety course and pay a $100 application fee, Annapolis, Md., Wednesday, February 6, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    MILLER: National gun registry gets head start as Maryland compromises gun owners' privacy

    By Emily Miller

    Gun owners place a high value on their privacy. Anti-gun politicians realize this and are hoping they can use the prospect of entering their names into a gun registry to scare these Americans away from buying a firearm. Every time these gun grabbers get caught in the act, Second Amendment supporters need to cry foul. Published September 11, 2013

  • Scott Ose teaching his daughter Zoe how to shoot with a handgun. Photo courtesy of the Ose family.

    MILLER: The American Gun Owner - A devoted father

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    Scott Ose and his wife Jada are the parents of 11 children , the youngest of the bunch, Zoe, is nine years old and has Cystic Fibrosis. Published July 28, 2013

  • Bruce Abbott of Maine with his Ruger Redhawk .44 magnum.

    MILLER: The American Gun Owner - Saves a neighbor’s family from home invader

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    Shortly after Bruce Abbott bought his Ruger Redhawk 44 magnum revolver 30 years ago, he was forced to use it to defend his neighbor’s wife and children under attack from a masked, home invader. He has kept it nearby ever since. This is part two of a new series called “The American Gun Owner.” The purpose is to illuminate the positives of gun ownership that are rarely seen in the media. Published July 4, 2013

  • Rachel Smith, 32, of Richmond, looks over shotguns at the Bob Moates sport shop in Richmond, Va., on Thursday. Smith, the mother of five children and an avid hunter plans to purchase several guns before President-elect Obama takes office. (Associated Press)

    MILLER: Democratic front group hyped as hunters by media in gun control fight

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    The liberal media will do anything to pressure lawmakers to support President Obama's gun-control agenda. Published April 5, 2013

  • Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

    KEENE: U.S. agencies join war against gun owners

    By David Keene

    America's gun owners are under siege on virtually all fronts. Congress is after us, and so are governors such as New York's Andrew Cuomo and Maryland's Martin O'Malley. They must think that when they run for the Democratic presidential nomination, a strong anti-gun stance will help them with left-wing primary voters. Published March 27, 2013

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    • The Sheriff Who Dared To Ask For Help

      By National Rifle Association

      Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. isn’t afraid to say what he means. So when he calls armed citizens “partners” to law enforcement in fighting violent crime, believe it. Published August 1 2014

    • Washington Post Quotes Bloomberg Researcher in Swipe at Right-to-Carry

      By National Rifle Association

      On Tuesday, three days after the District of Columbia’s ban on carrying handguns outside the home was struck down in federal court, Washington Post staff reporter Emily Badger teamed with anti-gun researcher Daniel Webster, of Michael Bloomberg’s School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, in an attempt to disparage John Lott’s research on the effect of Right-to-Carry laws. Published July 31 2014

    • Massachusetts Legislature Breaks New Ground in Gun Control

      By National Rifle Association

      Last night, in the waning hours of Massachusetts’ legislative session, its House and Senate passed H.4376.  Seemingly out of definable categories of persons to deny the right to arms, this bill would make Massachusetts the first state in which an individual’s right to acquire any type of firearm would be subject to the discretion of a government official. Published July 31 2014

    • FDIC Backpedals on Operation Choke Point as Victims Fight Back

      By National Rifle Association

      This week, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) released a new Financial Institution Letter purportedly aimed at “clarifying its supervisory approach to institutions establishing account relationships with third-party payment processors (TPPPs).” As we have reported, FDIC is among a number of federal agencies involved in Operation Choke Point, an enforcement program that claims to target financial fraud, but that many say is being used to choke off banking services to legitimate, although politically-disfavored, businesses. Published July 31 2014

    • Please Urge Your U.S. Representative to Cosponsor and Support Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act

      By National Rifle Association

      The "Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act of 2013" (H.R. 2959)--introduced in the U.S. House by Reps. Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah)--would allow any person who is not prohibited from possessing or receiving a firearm under federal law and who has a valid concealed firearm permit, to carry a concealed handgun in any state that issues its own residents permits to carry concealed firearms. Published July 31 2014

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