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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** 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

  • 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** 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

  • ** 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • **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

  • 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

  • ** FILE ** Metallica'S James Hetfield performs at the World Magnetic tour in Vilnius, Lithuania, April 20, 2010. (Associated Press)

    NRA member James Hetfield under fire; activists want Metallica's big game hunter out of festival

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    There is an online petition to oust Metallica front man James Hetfield from the Glastonbury Festival, not because of his music, but because the NRA member is a hunter. Published June 5, 2014

  • FILE - In this Dec. 19, 2013, file photo, a passer-by walks near an entrance to a Target retail store in Watertown, Mass. In a report released Wednesday, May 28, 2014, a prominent proxy advisory firm is recommending Target shareholders should vote against seven of the 10 directors for what it believes was failure to manage risk against a massive pre-Christmas data breach. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

    Gun control group petitions Target to ban firearms

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    A gun control group has launched a petition to pressure Target Corp. into banning open carry of firearms inside any of its retail stores — and so far, more than 10,000 have signed on. Published June 5, 2014

  • ** FILE ** In this Oct. 15, 2013 file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

    Chicago's Rahm Emanuel pushes law to limit gun buys to 1 a month

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is pushing for a new Second Amendment curb that would limit the number of guns a buyer could make each month to one. Published June 5, 2014

  • Image: YouTube, Tracking Point Labs

    Google Glass-equipped rifles offer 'mind-blowing' fire superiority

    By Douglas Ernst - The Washington Times

    TrackingPoint Inc., the Texas company that specializes in creating precision guided firearms, has harnessed Google Glass technology to create a firearm that can hit targets that are behind corners. It's called the the first precision-guided firearm (PGF). Published June 4, 2014

  • Activist with the organization Open Carry Tarrant County, wave a Don't Tread On Me and Texas flag, as they demonstrate at a busy road intersection, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Haltom City, Texas. North Texas gun rights advocates are suing the city of Arlington for amending an ordinance that they claim is discriminatory and infringes upon free speech rights, in the latest sign of growing tensions among gun activists and government forces in Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    NRA backs down, admits it 'was a mistake' to shame open carry activists

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    The National Rifle Association said it was a mistake to label open carry demonstrators in Texas as "attention-hungry" and "weird" last week in a statement that caused many gun enthusiasts to disavow the organization. Published June 4, 2014

  • ** FILE ** Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., left, accompanied by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., speaks during a mews conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, March 6, 2014, following a Senate vote on military sexual assaults. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    Sen. Barbara Boxer: Let's let families take guns from 'unstable' people

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    Family members ought to be given the lawful authority to confiscate guns from those they deem "unstable" and "violent, Sen. Barbara Boxer said, while pushing her new "Pause for Safety Act" bill that comes in response to the Isla Vista shootings and stabbings. Published June 3, 2014

  • Tara Cowan of Euless, Texas, a member of Open Carry Tarrant County, poses for a portrait with a Saiga 556 rifle as she and members of the group Open Carry Tarrant County gathered for a demonstration, Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Haltom City, Texas. North Texas gun rights advocates are suing the city of Arlington for amending an ordinance that they claim is discriminatory and infringes upon free speech rights, in the latest sign of growing tensions among gun activists and government forces in Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Open carry demonstrators threaten to leave NRA after being called 'weird'

    By Jessica Chasmar - The Washington Times

    Several open carry groups in Texas are threatening to cancel their memberships after the National Rifle Association shunned them as "weird." Published June 3, 2014

  • Gun rights activist John David Murphy stands outside his voting precinct with his firearm in Alabaster, Ala., on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. Murphy ignored a "no weapons" sign and entered to vote in Alabama's party primary with his weapon in his holster, but a deputy who made the man disarm before casting his ballot. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

    Ala. man told to store gun before voting: 'Being freaked out doesn't trump my right' to carry

    By Jay Reeves - Associated Press

    An Alabama gun rights supporter who took a loaded pistol to the polls Tuesday got to vote, but only after putting the weapon in his pickup truck. Published June 3, 2014

  • Chili's Bar & Grill logo. (Image: Facebook, Chili's)

    Chili's, Sonic-Drive-In tell gun owners to leave firearms at home

    By Kellan Howell - The Washington Times

    Sonic-Drive-In and Chili's Bar & Grill both issued statements asking diners to refrain from bringing concealed weapons into their restaurants, even if they have a permit, NBC News reported Friday. Published May 31, 2014

  • ** FILE ** This file image from video posted on YouTube shows Elliot Rodger. Law officers who visited Rodger three weeks before he killed six college students near a Santa Barbara university were aware that he had posted disturbing videos but didn't watch them, and they didn't know about his final video detailing his "Day of Retribution" until after the deadly rampage, officials said. (AP Photo/YouTube, File)

    Gun background checks get $19.5M boost as House reacts to Calif. shooting

    By Cheryl K. Chumley - The Washington Times

    The House took quick action on last week's mass shooting and stabbing that left seven — including the suspect — dead in Santa Barbara, Calif., and passed a provision to pay the FBI another $19.5 million to bolster its National Instance Criminal Background Check System, with the hope this will prevent the mentally ill from obtaining guns. Published May 30, 2014

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    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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    • Massachusetts: House Votes to Non-Concur on Senate Gun Bill

      By National Rifle Association

      Today, the Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to non-concur on Senate Bill 2265, the Senate’s version of House Bill 4285.  Conferees will now be appointed from both the state Senate and House of Representatives to work out the differences between both bills in a conference committee. Published July 22 2014

    • Beretta to move all U.S. manufacturing to Gallatin, Tenn.

      By National Rifle Association

      Beretta U.S.A. Corp. announced today that it has decided to move its entire manufacturing capabilities from its existing location in Accokeek, Md., to a new production facility that it is building in Gallatin. Published July 21 2014

    • Gun buyers scoop up AK-47 rifles after new sanctions

      By National Rifle Association

      Following another round of sanctions, demand for Russian-made firearms like the AK-47 rifle has picked up in recent days. Published July 21 2014

    • Kansas attorney general plans September hearing on regulations for no-gun signs for buildings

      By National Rifle Association

      Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt plans to have a public hearing in September on new regulations for signs that businesses and groups must post if they want to ban guns from their premises. Published July 21 2014

    • Armed citizen saves man from attacking pit bulls, TMJ4, Milwaukee, Wisc. 07/21/14

      By National Rifle Association

      A man was walking his dog in Washington County, Wisc. when a group of three pit bulls got out of their yard and began attacking him. Neighbor Dennis Williams noticed the altercation, retrieved two baseball bats and went to the man’s defense. When the bats weren’t enough to deter the dogs, Williams retrieved a revolver and shot and killed one of the dogs, prompting the others to cease their attack.  Published July 21 2014

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