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  • Gifford's gun control group backs up Landrieu

    June 3, 2014 6:02 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senator Mary Landrieu gets support from a gun-control organization led by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to expand gun sale background checks in Louisiana. The organization, Americans for Responsible Solutions, said it will back a slate of mostly Democratic efforts to promote stricter gun purchasing requirements that recently... more »
  • Judge upholds DC gun control law

    May 15, 2014 1:17 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judge has upheld the gun-control law in the District of Columbia, which bans assault weapons and large-capacity magazines while imposing registration requirements for handguns and long guns. In a ruling Thursday, U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said the city seeks to combat gun violence and promote... more »
  • Obama proposes firearm background check changes

    January 3, 2014 12:15 PM

    HONOLULU - The Obama administration is announcing a pair of executive actions aimed at strengthening federal background checks for gun purchasers, with a particular focus on limiting firearm access for those with mental health issues. One proposed rule change aims to clarify terminology used by federal law to prohibit people... more »
  • Congress renews expiring ban on undetectable guns

    December 9, 2013 5:06 PM

    WASHINGTON - Congress has approved a 10-year extension of a ban on plastic firearms that can evade metal detectors and X-ray machines. But it has defeated gun-control advocates' push for tougher restrictions. The Senate used a voice vote Monday to renew the ban. The House did the same last week,... more »
  • Gun control sparks resignation

    November 27, 2013 7:59 PM

    DENVER, COLORADO- Rather than face a recall, a third Democrat in the Colorado Senate resigned after she voted for gun control measures. Sen. Evie Hudak of Denver resigned less than a week before petitions were to be turned in to start the recall process. Her resignation means Democrats... more »
  • Mixed feelings in La. about teen handgun sales ban Play Video

    September 4, 2013 4:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell signed on with 21 other state attorneys general to an NRA petition asking the Supreme Court to overturn a ban against handgun sales to people younger than 21. The petition to overturn the ban was filed in August and notes a... more »
  • Biden unveils gun measures, says Congress must act

    August 29, 2013 8:08 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says if Congress won't act on gun control, he'll fight for a new Congress. Biden is unveiling two new steps President Barack Obama is taking on gun violence. The executive actions don't require approval from Congress, where gun legislation collapsed earlier this year. One... more »
  • Senate leader won't weaken gun background checks

    June 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won't accept watered-down background checks as the price for pushing gun control legislation through the Senate. The Nevada Democrat isn't getting into specifics. But gun control advocates have worried that if Democrats are trying to declare victory on the issue, they... more »
  • Lawmakers pass bill protecting ID of gun owners

    June 6, 2013 1:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Journalists, bloggers or anyone else will be prohibited from publicly identifying applicants for concealed handgun permits in Louisiana. A bill that will make it a misdemeanor crime to release the information received final passage Thursday and heads to Gov. Bobby Jindal's desk. The House approved the measure... more »
  • Senate defers gun bill ban on federal oversight

    May 21, 2013 5:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have delayed a vote on a controversial bill that would prohibit enforcement in Louisiana of any federal bans on assault weapons. Postponement Tuesday came after opponents repeatedly called the measure unconstitutional. Following a barrage of questions about the effort to usurp federal laws and several attempts... more »
  • Senators discuss changing background checks bill

    May 8, 2013 7:28 AM

    WASHINGTON - Lawmakers backing gun control say they are discussing how to revise the defeated Senate background check bill in order to win votes they need to resuscitate the measure. Among the changes they said they are considering are limiting the background check fees buyers pay at gun shows,... more »
  • NRA's new president has penchant for bold words

    May 4, 2013 10:41 AM

    HOUSTON - The incoming leader of the National Rifle Association has a penchant for bold statements that are sure to inflame an already explosive national debate over gun control. James Porter assumes the presidency on Monday after the group's national convention wraps up in Houston. The Alabama attorney is currently... more »
  • Obama slams senators who opposed gun measure

    April 17, 2013 4:59 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says the Senate's opposition to a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun buyers marks a "shameful day" in Washington. He says a minority of senators decided "it wasn't worth it" to protect the nation's children. Obama spoke in the Rose Garden shortly... more »
  • Pro-gun bills approved by La. House committee Play Video

    April 17, 2013 4:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana lawmakers are advancing a batch of bills they say are aimed at pre-empting any stricter gun laws that could make it out of Congress. In heated exchanges over five hours of debate, the House Criminal Justice Committee approved Wednesday an array of "state's rights" gun regulations.... more »
  • Senate vote nears, background check bill in trouble

    April 17, 2013 7:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - A bipartisan drive to expand background checks is in deep trouble as the Senate approaches a long-awaited vote on the linchpin of the effort to curb gun violence. The Senate planned to vote Wednesday on the proposal. As growing numbers of Republicans declared their opposition to the measure,... more »
  • Close vote seen on background checks on gun buyers

    April 15, 2013 7:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - Sponsors of a bipartisan Senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers say this week's expected vote is too close to call. Arizona Republican John McCain, whose home state experienced the Tucson 2011 rampage that wounded then-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, says a lot more needs to be done... more »
  • Gun control bill clears first hurdle in Senate

    April 11, 2013 10:42 AM

    WASHINGTON - Gun control supporters have won the first Senate showdown over restricting firearms, rejecting an effort by conservatives to derail a package of gun curbs before debate could even begin. The 68-31 vote gave an initial burst of momentum to efforts by President Barack Obama and lawmakers, mostly Democrats,... more »
  • Dem, GOP senators reach background check deal

    April 10, 2013 10:21 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two pivotal senators have announced a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers. The agreement could build support for President Barack Obama's drive to curb firearms violence. Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania said their agreement would... more »
  • Gun background check deal close

    April 10, 2013 8:51 AM

    WASHINGTON - Two senators who've been working on gun control legislation are expected to announce today that they've reached a compromise. West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Republican Patrick Toomey of Pennsylvania have been looking at expanding federal background checks to include purchases at gun shows and online. Right now,... more »
  • Biden: Threats to block gun bill 'embarrassing'

    April 9, 2013 2:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he refuses to believe a small group of senators will block a vote on gun legislation. The vice president says it would be "embarrassing" if a filibuster would be the climax of a national tragedy like the shooting at Connecticut's Sandy Hook Elementary... more »
  • Democrats bring gun control bill to Senate floor

    April 8, 2013 5:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats have brought gun control legislation to the Senate floor amid a threat from conservative Republican senators to use delaying tactics to prevent formal debate from even beginning. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the first procedural step to begin debate on Monday. He said Republicans owed relatives... more »
  • Taxes, gun permits, school district on session agenda

    April 8, 2013 6:54 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The agenda is already packed with more than 900 pre-filed bills, as dozens of state lawmakers flock to the capitol to begin the 2013 legislative session. The two-month session opens at noon. The centerpiece of the session will likely be Gov. Jindal's tax reform plan.... more »
  • Conn. lawmakers pass wide-ranging gun control law

    April 4, 2013 8:16 AM

    HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut lawmakers have approved wide-ranging legislation in response to last year's deadly school shooting in Newtown, and the governor plans to sign it today. The bill includes gun control measures that ban the sales of large-capacity ammunition magazines and more than 100 weapons that previously were legal.... more »
  • Some Colo. sheriffs oppose more gun control

    April 3, 2013 10:21 AM

    DENVER - Some Colorado sheriffs are speaking out against any more gun control measures as President Barack Obama visits the state. Sixteen sheriffs, including Larimer County's Justin Smith and John Cooke of Weld County, plan to hold a news conference Wednesday in Denver. They'll gather in a park near where... more »
  • Reid: Background checks will be in Senate gun bill

    March 22, 2013 10:29 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats say they will include expanded background checks for firearms purchasers in the gun-control measure the Senate debates next month. The announcement by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid signals that Democrats will press forcefully in their drive to close background check loopholes. Polls show the public overwhelmingly supports... more »
  • Senate panel ready to OK gun background checks

    March 12, 2013 7:54 AM

    WASHINGTON - Democrats are ready to muscle expanded background checks and other gun curbs through a Senate committee. The Senate Judiciary Committee was meeting today to debate a bill broadening the requirement for federal background checks to nearly all firearms buyers. It also planned to consider banning assault... more »
  • Senate committee starting votes on curbing guns

    March 7, 2013 8:12 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Obama's prospects for expanded background checks for gun sales seem shaky as the Senate Judiciary Committee prepares for Congress' first votes on curbing guns since the mass school shooting in Newtown last December. The Democratic-led panel is also planning to consider bills banning assault weapons and magazines... more »
  • Miss. speaker invites gun makers to move to state

    February 21, 2013 7:28 PM

    JACKSON, Miss. - One top official wants gun makers in seven states to flee critics and move to Mississippi. House Speaker Philip Gunn, a Republican, sent letters Thursday to 14 gun manufacturers. He suggests the companies should move to Mississippi, "where their industry and jobs will be appreciated." The companies... more »
  • Biden says a shotgun will scare off intruders

    February 19, 2013 3:43 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders. The vice president encouraged those worried about defending themselves to buy a shotgun. He was speaking Tuesday in an online video as... more »
  • Obama tries to unify Senate Democrats

    February 6, 2013 7:24 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is working to sell Senate Democrats on his strategy for tackling immigration, gun control and a host of fiscal dilemmas. The president meets with senators Wednesday at a closed-door retreat in Annapolis, Md. Obama's prospects for enacting his ambitious second-term agenda depend partly on Senate... more »
  • Attorney takes on Second Amendment at luncheon Play Video

    February 4, 2013 6:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Prominent local attorney Lewis Unglesby had quite a few hypothetical questions for the crowd at the Press Club Monday. "Who amongst you thinks you need a SWAT rifle? Or wants to hang out with anyone who thinks they need a SWAT rifle?" Unglesby wondered. He... more »
  • Husband of wounded lawmaker says Congress must act

    January 30, 2013 10:34 AM

    WASHINGTON - The husband of wounded former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says that while curbing gun violence is a complex problem, it is no excuse for inaction by lawmakers. Former astronaut Mark Kelly told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that he and his wife, former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords,... more »
  • Senate hearing pits NRA, gun-control supporters

    January 30, 2013 6:58 AM

    WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association and gun-control advocates, including the husband of wounded former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, are facing off at the year's first Senate hearing on curbing gun violence. Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing comes less than two months after the massacre of 20 first-graders and six... more »
  • Police push for background checks on gun purchases

    January 29, 2013 7:06 AM

    WASHINGTON - Law enforcement leaders who met with President Barack Obama are urging him to improve the mental health system and strengthen background checks, but did not unify on more controversial gun control measures. Leaders of the Major County Sheriffs' Association said they told the president Monday to focus on... more »
  • Chiefs from mass-shooting towns to meet with Obama

    January 28, 2013 7:25 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will meet with police chiefs from three communities that have experienced mass shootings, part of his administration's push to address gun violence. Obama is drawing attention to the worst shootings of 2012, inviting the police chiefs from: Aurora, Colo., where 12 were killed in July;... more »
  • Arcade video shooting games pulled after massacres

    January 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    BOSTON - A national movie theater chain has removed a video shooting game from a lobby after a moviegoer complained in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. National Amusements is based in Norwood, Mass. It removed the game from a complex in Yonkers, N.Y. A company executive... more »
  • Stephen King writes post-Newtown essay on guns

    January 25, 2013 4:33 PM

    BANGOR, Maine - Horror writer Stephen King is seeking to provoke a discussion on gun control and gun rights following the school shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn. The Maine native is a gun owner. He calls for three "reasonable measures" to curb gun violence in an essay titled "Guns," released... more »
  • Bill filed in Miss. seeks to nullify federal laws

    January 25, 2013 6:17 AM

    JACKSON, Miss. - In a state that defied the union during the Civil War and Civil Rights era, two lawmakers want Mississippi to block some current and future federal laws. Republican state Reps. Gary Chism and Jeff Smith have filed a bill to form the Joint Legislative Committee on... more »
  • Biden: Limit on magazine rounds a bigger priority

    January 25, 2013 6:14 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he's more concerned about limiting the number of rounds in a gun magazine than about banning assault weapons that account for a small percentage of gun deaths. The vice president participated in an online chat Thursday on Google Plus. He says... more »
  • Biden: Limit on magazine rounds a bigger priority

    January 24, 2013 3:51 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he's more concerned about limiting the number of rounds in a gun magazine than about banning assault weapons that account for a small percentage of gun deaths. The vice president participated in an online chat Thursday on Google Plus. He says that if... more »
  • Biden to promote gun control in pro-gun Virginia

    January 23, 2013 3:58 PM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is launching a White House campaign of road trips to promote gun control with a visit to the heart of avidly pro-gun Virginia. The White House announced Wednesday that Biden would travel to Richmond on Friday along with other Obama administration officials and Democratic... more »
  • Experts back NYC's link of gun laws, lower crime

    January 23, 2013 1:02 PM

    NEW YORK - Mayor Michael Bloomberg is an outspoken advocate for gun control. He touts historic crime lows in New York City as an outcome of strict gun laws that are strictly enforced. And criminologists say for the most part he's right. As proof, they cite the all-time low number... more »
  • News 2 Looks at gun background checks Play Video

    January 16, 2013 10:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Background checks can work to keep guns out of the wrong people's hands, according to one licensed firearms seller. News 2 went through the steps of background checks, considered very thorough by licensed dealer Jeffery Knight. "I want people to have to fill out this... more »
  • Obama taking 23 actions aimed at gun violence

    January 16, 2013 11:18 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is taking 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence that don't require congressional action, including measures to encourage schools to hire police officers, increase research on gun violence and improve efforts to prosecute gun crime. The executive actions are part of an overarching... more »
  • Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

    January 16, 2013 11:03 AM

    WASHINGTON - Even as he uses his executive powers to enact 23 measures that don't require the approval of Congress, President Barack Obama says there's only so much he can do to reduce gun violence unless lawmakers act. He says that's what it will take to make a "real and... more »
  • Obama to unveil gun violence measures today

    January 16, 2013 5:19 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's broad effort to reduce gun violence will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun controls. Obama will announce the measures today at a White... more »
  • Obama to outline action against gun violence tomorrow

    January 15, 2013 1:05 PM

    WASHINGTON - Just a little more than a month since the Connecticut school massacre, President Barack Obama tomorrow will be unveiling his proposals to fight gun violence. The White House says he and Vice President Joe Biden will be joined by children who wrote the president letters after the Newtown... more »
  • New York about to pass tough gun law

    January 15, 2013 10:38 AM

    ALBANY, N.Y. - Legislation that would give New York state the toughest gun restrictions in the nation is expected to easily pass today in the state Assembly. It's already won approval in the state Senate, where the Republican leader says it is "well-balanced" and "protects the Second Amendment." It provides... more »
  • 54,000 Mexicans sign petition for US gun control

    January 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    MEXICO CITY - More than 54,000 Mexicans have signed a petition calling on the United States to take further steps to combat weapons trafficking. Mexico says the majority of guns used by the country's violent drug cartels are smuggled over the border from the United States. Mexico's best-known anti-violence activist... more »
  • Obama: Gun control specifics to come within days

    January 14, 2013 12:20 PM

    WASHINGTON - He's acknowledging an uphill fight in Congress -- so President Barack Obama says he's looking at actions he can take on his own to confront gun violence. He told reporters today that he will present a plan within days. Obama says the ideas that are on the table... more »
  • Biden says consensus emerging on gun safety

    January 10, 2013 11:52 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden says he will deliver recommendations to President Barack Obama on steps to curb violence by Tuesday. Biden says a consensus is emerging over proposals such as tightening background checks and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines. Biden told a group of sportsmen and wildlife interest groups... more »
  • Biden to meet with gun-safety, victims groups

    January 9, 2013 7:27 AM

    WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden will meet at the White House today with victims groups and gun-safety organizations, as the administration seeks to spur action on gun legislation. Biden is holding a series of meetings this week aimed at building consensus around proposals to curb gun violence after... more »
  • Obama pressing for policy changes after shooting

    December 19, 2012 11:22 AM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is asking a team led by Vice President Joe Biden to offer "concrete proposals" to curb gun violence no later than January, in the aftermath of the horrific massacre at a Connecticut elementary school. Obama says after he receives recommendations from Biden's group, he will... more »
  • NRA promises to help prevent school shootings

    December 18, 2012 4:21 PM

    WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is breaking its silence four days after a school shooting in Newtown, Conn., where 26 were killed, including 20 children. The nation's largest gun rights organization made its first public statements Tuesday after a self-imposed media blackout that left many wondering how it would... more »
  • Theater shooting victim featured in TV ad

    October 1, 2012 2:52 PM

    DENVER - A man wounded in the shootings at a suburban Denver movie theater is appearing in an ad aimed at getting voters' attention before the first presidential debate. Stephen Barton was among the 58 people injured in the July 20 attack in Aurora that also killed 12 people.... more »
  • Leaders say no, but some Democrats want tougher gun limits

    July 24, 2012 3:34 PM

    WASHINGTON - A handful of Democrats are calling for a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips after the movie theater shooting rampage in Colorado, but House and Senate leaders of both parties have no plans to touch the issue this election year. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch... more »
  • Increase in concealed carry permits seen in La.

    April 23, 2012 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Thousands of residents in Louisiana are arming themselves to stay safe. Approximately 44,000 people have concealed carry permits in the state. Coming up at six, News 2's Chris Nakamoto takes a look at a recent shooting in Baton Rouge where the victims had concealed carry permits and... more »

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