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  • Gun giveaways are gaining steam among Republican candidates across the country and Colorado state Sen. Greg Brophy was no exception earlier this month when he was running for governor. (

    Gun giveaways gain popularity among Republican candidates

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    Gun giveaways are gaining steam among Republican candidates across the country and Colorado state Sen. Greg Brophy was no exception earlier this month when he was running for governor. Published April 17, 2014

  • FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2013 file photo, then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks in New York.  Bloomberg has been chosen by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to be a U.N. envoy for cities and climate change, U.N. diplomats said Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 The billionaire businessman and philanthropist turned politician made combating climate change a major focus of his 12 years as mayor. He was also very outspoken on how cities should be run to cope with ever increasing populations. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

    He's back! Bloomberg to spend $50 million targeting NRA, Dems, GOP on guns

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    Former New York City Mayor Michael I. Bloomberg is planning to spend $50 million this year to promote gun control and target Democrats and Republicans alike on the issue, saying he hopes to provide a counterweight to the well-funded gun lobby. Published April 16, 2014

  • The Wilshire Gun range in Oklahoma City is hoping to become the first in its state to be granted a liquor license for those willing to knock back a few after a day of shooting. (

    Booze and bullets? Oklahoma gun range seeks liquor license

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    An Oklahoma gun range is hoping to become the first in its state to be granted a liquor license for those willing to knock back a few after a day of shooting. Published April 15, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Phillip Garrido, 58, next to his court-appointed attorney, Susan Gellman, pleaded not guilty on Friday to 29 counts including forcible abduction, rape and false imprisonment involving the 1991 abduction of Jaycee Lee Dugard. (Associated Press)

    Hero cop who saved Jaycee Dugard fighting for right to carry concealed weapon

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    The same police officer who heroically helped save kidnapping victim Jaycee Lee Dugard from her 18-year captivity is now fighting in court for the right to carry a concealed weapon, accusing her former University of California-Berkeley employer of disregarding state law and denying the permit. Published April 14, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2015 for the Justice Department. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Texas lawmakers rail against Eric Holder: You should be 'in jail'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Two tough-talking Texas lawmakers issued blunt words of criticism to Attorney General Eric Holder this week, telling him in front of a Capitol Hill crowd that not only should he be held in contempt, but that he should be sitting in a jail cell. Published April 9, 2014

  • Patrick Cook. (Facebook)

    Fort Hood soldier: 'Stripped of God-given right,' all I could do was 'wait to die'

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    A soldier who survived the gruesome murders at Fort Hood last week penned a letter to Texas lawmakers on Monday, urging them to prevent another tragedy from happening again by allowing soldiers to carry personal firearms on base. Published April 8, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on proposed budget estimates for fiscal year 2015 for the Justice Department. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Eric Holder presses for technology to make guns 'more safe'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Eric Holder, fresh off a meeting with technology gurus, went to Congress and pressed for new devices that he said would make guns safer. Published April 8, 2014

  • Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Justice Department.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

    Holder blames gun lobby for contempt of Congress vote

    By Kelly Riddell - The Washington Times

    Attorney General Eric Holder blamed “the gun lobby” for being behind his 2012 contempt vote in Congress, in one of many heated exchanges with House Republicans Tuesday. Published April 8, 2014

  •  Juan Williams appearing on the "Fox & Friends" television program in 2010. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Juan Williams reacts to Fort Hood: Time for U.S. to go 'gun-free'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Frequent Fox News guest Juan Williams reacted to the most recent Fort Hood shooting that left four dead and several more wounded with a rally to go gun free across the entire United States of America. Published April 7, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Associated Press

    Gun advocates credit new concealed carry laws for sharp drop in Chicago murder rate

    By Phillip Swarts - The Washington Times

    Chicago police are reporting that the murder rate for the first quarter of the year is the lowest it's been in more than 50 years, which gun advocates are attributing to a concealed carry law passed in Illinois last year. Published April 5, 2014

  • Lt. Gen. Mark Milley talks to the media near Fort Hood's main gate, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in Fort Hood, Texas. A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the Fort Hood military base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Calls rise after Fort Hood to allow carrying firearms on base

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Fort Hood may seem worlds apart from Sandy Hook Elementary School, but they have at least two things in common: Both have been victimized recently by horrific mass shootings, and neither allows the carrying of firearms. Published April 5, 2014

  • Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., who represents Newtown, Conn., and Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., who took over for Rep. Gabby Giffords who was severely injured in a shooting in Tuscon, Ariz., sit together at a special House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee hearing on gun violence on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. The lawmakers heard from a witness panel that included Newtown, Conn. School Superintendent Janet Robinson, Emily Nottingham, mother of Tucson shooting victim Gabe Zimmerman, Chaska, Minnesota Police Chief Scott Knight, and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Reps. to Boehner, Pelosi: Take gun riders out of appropriations process

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    More than 100 members of Congress have signed a letter sent to House Speaker John A. Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to ensure the House Appropriations Committee does not include provisions in spending bills for the next fiscal year that the members say hinder research into the causes of gun violence and the enforcement of gun laws. Published April 4, 2014

  • Black Rain Ordnance Inc. has released a "New York compliant" AR-15. (Facebook)

    Bloomberg's worst nightmare: Gunmaker releases ‘New York Compliant’ AR-15

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    Anti-gun activist and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg probably won't be thrilled with this idea: Gun manufacturer Black Rain Ordnance Inc. has released a "New York Compliant" AR-15. Published April 3, 2014

  • Bob Costas appears with pink eye during the Olympics in this NBC screen grab.

    Bob Costas challenges pro-gun crowd: Find me 'good and constructive' stories

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Sportscaster Bob Costas — who's waded into the political realm on several occasions in recent years — has now issued the Second Amendment rights crowd a bold challenge: Find me evidence of athletes doing good things with guns. Published April 3, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Fort Hood, near Killeen, Texas. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett)

    Inhofe skeptical of gun restrictions on bases after Fort Hood shooting

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    Sen. Jim Inhofe questioned Thursday whether restrictions on carrying firearms on Army bases left victims at Fort Hood in Texas defenseless during a mass shooting Wednesday by a suspect who was dealing with mental health issues. Published April 3, 2014

  • Donald Trump, left, and Carl Paladino, who ran for governor of New York as a Republican in 2010, speak during a gun rights rally at the Empire State Plaza on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. Activists are seeking a repeal of a 2013 state law that outlawed the sales of some popular guns like the AR-15. The law championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been criticized as unconstitutional by some gun rights activists. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

    Trump rallies against Cuomo, New York gun control

    By David Klepper - Associated Press

    Thousands of gun rights supporters rallied outside New York's Capitol Tuesday to call for the repeal of gun control measures championed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which they intend to use as a rallying cry in the fall elections. Published April 1, 2014

  • Gun Owners of America Executive Director Larry Pratt told Fox News that states should have the right to decide who can carry concealed weapons. "If the guy wants to enjoy the full benefit of residing in the United States, become a citizen." (Associated Press)

    New Mexico's immigrant ruling to bolster gun rights cases

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    A federal judge ruled Monday that legal immigrants have the same right to concealed-carry permits as American citizens, in a New Mexico case that gun rights advocates said strengthens their argument that the Second Amendment is a fundamental personal right. Published March 31, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This July 6, 2011, file photo shows State Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, speaking during a news conference in San Francisco. Yee, the 65-year-old San Francisco Democrat was arrested Wednesday, March 26, 2014, during a series of raids by the FBI in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. He was later arraigned on charges that alleged illegal dealing in firearms, wire fraud and trading the influence of his office for money. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

    NRA aims social-media ad at Calif. state Sen. Leland Yee

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Disgraced California state Sen. Leland Yee is the new poster boy in a social-media ad campaign released Thursday by the National Rifle Association. Published March 28, 2014

  • **FILE** A man fires a handgun at Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range in Sandy Springs, Ga., on Jan. 4, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Anti-gun radio host wishes on NRA: 'I will shoot you'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    An angry liberal radio host with an anti-gun bent went on a rant during a recent broadcast about new Georgia legislation to expand the concealed carry laws, ultimately sending out a wish that he could shoot an NRA board member. Published March 28, 2014

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    Texas gunmaker known for rifle eyed by military now accepting Bitcoin

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    The Texas gunmaker known for "smart" rifles that caught the eye of the U.S. military is in the news again: It's now accepting Bitcoin. Published March 27, 2014

  • Jitterz Java employee Krystal Cogswell carries a .38 Special Lavender Lady on her hip. (KXLY 4 News)

    Baristas at Spokane coffee shop start carrying guns

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    Employees at a coffee shop in Spokane, Wash., are taking matters into their own hands after their store was robbed three times in less than a month. Published March 25, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Associated Press

    Court upholds San Francisco gun restrictions, cites 'only modest burdens' on rights

    By Paul Elias - Associated Press

    A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld two San Francisco gun laws challenged by the National Rifle Association and gun owners who live in the city. Published March 25, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Associated Press

    Georgia gun law ready for signing: Bill will allow firearms in bars, churches

    By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times

    The Georgia Senate passed a new bill on Friday that will allow concealed carry weapons in bars, airports (before TSA security checkpoints), places of worship and some government buildings. Published March 22, 2014

  • FILE - In this Feb. 5, 2014 file photo, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. listens during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. House Republicans have blocked an attempt by Democrats to chastise Issa for his conduct at a committee hearing. Issa abruptly adjourned a hearing of the House Oversight Committee Wednesday. He instructed committee staff to turn off the microphone of the committee's top Democrat, congressman Elijah Cummings of Maryland. The hearing was on the improper targeting of tea party groups by the Internal Revenue Service. Cummings was trying to say that Republicans have overblown the controversy.  (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke, File)

    House issues subpoena for gun sting operation documents

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Saying they've been stonewalled for a year, the House's top investigator sent a subpoena Thursday demanding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives turn over documents on a storefront sting operation that went badly awry. Published March 20, 2014

  • Michael Smith (left) stands beside a Somerset County Sheriff deputy outside his home in Norridgewock, Maine, on March 18, 2014. Officers armed with assault rifles descended on Smith's home after members of a tree removal crew he'd told to clear off his property reported that he had a gun. The "gun" the tree crew had seen on Smith actually was a life-sized tattoo of a handgun on his stomach. (Associated Press/Morning Sentinel, David Leaming)

    Gun tattoo on man's stomach sends Maine police into tizzy

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Police carting assault rifles and responding to what they thought was a complaint of a homeowner wielding a handgun were shocked to learn that the man was actually touting something far less threatening: a tattoo. Published March 19, 2014

  • Nine-year-old Shyanne Roberts, left, a nationally sponsored competitive shooter from Franklinville NJ, speaks against the proposed limit on magazine rounds at the statehouse. Her father Dan is at right. (AP Photo/, Michael Karas)

    N.J. girl, 9, rocks social media with pro-gun speech to state capitol

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    A 9-year-old New Jersey girl whose competitive pastime is firing semi-automatics — and who could soon became a criminal because her AR-15 violates magazine limits under lawmaker consideration — has created social media waves with her videotaped plea to Trenton lawmakers: Don't take away my guns. Published March 18, 2014

  • **FILE** Guns are offered during a buyback program on Jan. 26, 2013, in San Mateo, Calif. Authorities are offering up to $100 cash for a handgun, shotgun or rifle, or up to $200 for an assault rifle at the event at the San Mateo Event Center. (Associated Press)

    California sheriffs see surge in concealed carry permits

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Sheriffs in California say they've been swamped with requests for concealed carry permits since last month's court ruling that residents only have to show a desire for self-defense — and little else — in order to take advantage of the right. Published March 18, 2014

  • The owner of Ares Armor in Oceanside, Calif., has refused to hand over his list of customers to federal agents. (Fox 5 San Diego)

    Feds raid Calif. gun parts store after owner refuses to ID customers

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    Federal agents raided a California gun parts store over the weekend after the owner refused to hand over his list of customers. Published March 18, 2014

  • Sportsman Channel's new program 'Amazing America with Sarah Palin.' 
 Photo credit: Sportsman Channel

    Wild for America: Palin's new TV series is her next step into limelight

    By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

    Sarah Palin is hitting the road with her guns, fishing rods and "Mama Grizzly" persona. She is returning to reality TV as host of "Amazing America," a weekly series on the Sportsman Channel set to begin in April. Published March 18, 2014

  • **FILE** Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, speaks Jan. 24, 2013, during a news conference with a coalition of members of Congress, mayors, law enforcement officers, gun safety organizations and other groups on Capitol Hill in Washington to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices. (Associated Press)

    Gun control groups turn to private sector to push crackdowns

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Gun control groups have a new tack they're taking to get their message and agenda out — targeting private companies and pressuring them to put in place Second Amendment crackdowns that the government can't pass. Published March 17, 2014

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  • 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

  • Ted Nugent listens during President Obama's State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Feb. 12, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Ted Nugent blasts Obama's gun control plan as 'more nonsense'

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Rocking Second Amendment activist Ted Nugent's response to President Obama's State of the Union push for more gun control was simple and to the point: It's "nonsense," he said. Published February 13, 2013

  • President Obama speaks Feb. 4, 2013, at the Minneapolis Police Department's Special Operations Center to outline his plan on gun violence. (Associated Press)

    MILLER: Obama's traveling gun show

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    President Obama hit the road Monday on a nationwide gun-grabbing tour. His show doesn't have many fans inside the Beltway, since being seen favoring gun control can be the kiss of death for senators with rural constituencies. Published February 5, 2013

  • Illustration Gun Free Zone by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

    NUGENT: Open letter to Joe Biden on guns

    By Ted Nugent - The Washington Times

    Congratulations on your appointment to lead a presidential commission to end gun-related violence. Published December 31, 2012

  • Illustration: U.N. gun grabbing by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    EDITORIAL: Gun ban back on Obama's agenda

    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES - The Washington Times

    That didn't take long. Less than a day after President Obama's re-election, the administration breathed new life into the United Nations' previously comatose treaty regulating guns. Published November 8, 2012

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    • Grassroots Alert: Vol. 21, No. 16 04/18/2014

      By National Rifle Association

      None Published April 18 2014

    • Arizona: Governor Signs Pro-Gun Bills, Other Bills Await Consideration and Signature

      By National Rifle Association

      Yesterday, Governor Jan Brewer (R) signed House Bill 2103 into law.  Introduced by state Representative Kelly Townsend (R-16), HB 2103 would allow an individual of at least nineteen years of age to obtain a concealed weapon permit if the person is currently in military service or has been honorably discharged.  This legislation is a good way to thank our military for their service and will benefit law-abiding gun owners in Arizona.  HB 2103 passed in the state Senate by a 20 to 10 vote on Wednesday and in the House by a 39 to 18 vote on March 10. Published April 18 2014

    • Rhode Island: Senate and House Committees Stall Multiple Anti-Gun Bills

      By National Rifle Association

      More than a dozen gun control bills were scheduled for a hearing this week in the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Environment and Natural Resources Committee.  The good news is that those anti-gun bills which were scheduled to be heard, as previously reported, were held for further study in both committees Published April 18 2014

    • Nebraska: Legislature Adjourns with Passage of Emergency Powers Legislation

      By National Rifle Association

      Yesterday, in the final hour of its 2014 legislative session, the Nebraska Legislature unanimously passed critical emergency powers legislation in its Final Reading.  Legislative Bill 390, introduced by state Senator Mark Christensen (44), now goes to Governor Dave Heineman (R) for his expected signature. Published April 18 2014

    • Outrage of the Week: One Yellow Squirt Gun, Plus Zero Common Sense Enforcement, Equals 10-Day Suspension

      By National Rifle Association

      It seems that seldom a week goes by that there is not a new, outrageous case of over-zealous school officials abusing "zero-tolerance" rules.  This week is no exception, as our "outrage" comes to us from Lewiston High School, in Maine, where administrators suspended a 10th grade student--for 10 days--after a bright yellow squirt gun fell out of his backpack. Published April 17 2014

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