Second Amendment and Gun Control

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 ** Former President Bill Clinton. (Associated Press)

    Gabby Giffords' gun control push gets high-profile speaker: Bill Clinton

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Gabby Giffords, the former lawmaker who was shot and then started a nationwide legislative campaign to crack down on Second Amendment freedoms, has a new gun control fundraising friend: Bill Clinton. Published April 23, 2014

  • Kathryn Grant, with The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, speaks during a rally protesting a gun bill the governor is signing today expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia, at Central Presbyterian Church, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Atlanta. The bill makes several changes to state law. It allows those with a license to carry to bring a gun into a bar without restriction and into some government buildings that don't have certain security measures. It also allows religious leaders to decide whether it's OK for a person with a carry license to bring a gun into their place of worship. And school districts would now be able, if they want, to allow some employees to carry a firearm under certain conditions. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Georgia governor signs bill expanding gun rights

    By Christina A. Cassidy - Associated Press

    Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation expanding where people with licenses to carry can bring their guns in Georgia. Published April 23, 2014

  • Michael Wheeler distributes gun rights badges Wednesday as Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal visits Ellijay for a bill signing ceremony.

    Georgia's new carry law a big win for gun rights

    By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed a sweeping right-to-carry bill Wednesday, making his state the latest to give a victory to the gun rights movement in what is emerging as a banner year for advocates of firearms access and self-protection. Published April 23, 2014

  • Byron Smith, center, comes out of a Morrison County courtroom in Little Falls, Minn., Monday, April 21, 2014, during a break in his trial. Smith shot and killed two teenagers who broke into his house on Thanksgiving Day 2012. Jurors began the process of deciding whether the killings were justified or whether the homeowner committed murder. Smith, 65, faces two counts of premeditated first-degree murder for the killings of Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17.(AP Photo/St. Cloud Times, Jason Wachter) NO SALES.

    Minn. man who shot and killed teens during home invasion called them 'vermin'

    By Amy Forliti - Associated Press

    A Minnesota man who killed two teenagers after they broke into his home called them "vermin" on an audio recording shortly after the shootings. Published April 23, 2014

  • **FILE** The Supreme Court (Associated Press)

    Supreme Court pushes consideration of N.J. gun case to April 25

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    The U.S. Supreme Court has apparently deferred on weighing a gun-related case challenging New Jersey's mandate that citizens must show a "justifiable need" to carry a gun in public for protection. Published April 21, 2014

  • 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. (GregForGovernor.com)

    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. (WilshireGun.com)

    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

  •  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

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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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    • Female gun instructors in hot demand

      By National Rifle Association

      The market for female gun instructors is booming as more women want to learn to shoot -- both for self defense and for sport, said Tina Wilson-Cohen, who owns She Can Shoot, an all-women firearm and self-defense training business in Fairfax, Va. Published April 23 2014

    • Florida: House clears bill to ban insurers from gun-based premiums

      By National Rifle Association

      With supporters pointing to Second Amendment rights, the Florida House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill that seeks to prevent insurers from denying coverage or increasing rates based on customers owning guns or ammunition. Published April 23 2014

    • Kansas: Gov. Brownback approves bill nullifying local gun regulations

      By National Rifle Association

      Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation nullifying city and county gun restrictions and ensuring that it is legal across the state to openly carry firearms. Published April 23 2014

    • Opposition rising to Colorado gun control laws

      By National Rifle Association

      More than a year after pushing through through some of the toughest gun control measures in the country, Colorado Democrats are finding it harder than ever to get the state’s residents to get behind them. Published April 23 2014

    • N.Y. School Reverses Suspension for Student Wearing NRA Shirt

      By National Rifle Association

      It's not often the Second Amendment scores a victory in the state of New York, but they got one on Tuesday when the Grand Island School district decided to reverse its decision to suspend a student for wearing a T-shirt with the NRA logo. Published April 23 2014

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