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  • NRA released video praising AR-15 days after Orlando mass shooting

    June 21, 2016 12:27 PM

    WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association released a YouTube video that urges Americans to buy more AR-15 rifles just days after Omar Mateen launched an attack that left 49 people dead and 53 more wounded in Orlando. In the 5-minute “NRA News” video, NRA spokesman Dom Raso describes... more »
  • National Rifle Association: More gun control not the answer

    June 19, 2016 4:03 PM

    WASHINGTON - The National Rifle Association is reaffirming its position that more gun control won't stop extremists or criminals from carrying out attacks. Chief lobbyist Chris Cox says the Florida nightclub massacre - the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history - doesn't change the NRA's opposition to tighter gun... more »
  • Florida Democrats call for emergency gun bill

    June 15, 2016 12:05 PM

    ORLANDO - Democratic state lawmakers want to pass emergency legislation requiring a ban on gun purchases by people on watch lists. The Florida lawmakers called on Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday to hold a special session on the legislation in the wake of the massacre of 49 people at an... more »
  • Trump gets endorsement of National Rifle Association

    May 20, 2016 3:49 PM

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Donald Trump slammed Hillary Clinton as "heartless" for backing restrictions on gun ownership that he said would leave Americans in high-crime areas unable to protect themselves. He also challenged Clinton to follow his lead and release a list of potential Supreme Court nominees. Trump's remarks came... more »
  • Obama announces new steps to reduce gun violence

    April 29, 2016 3:22 PM

    WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is announcing new steps to reduce gun violence, mainly by helping manufacturers understand what law enforcement agencies need from so-called smart guns. Smart guns are firearms that use technology designed to prevent accidental shootings or help find a missing gun. In a Facebook post Friday,... more »
  • Lawmakers taking another crack at expanding gun checks

    March 3, 2015 4:45 PM

    WASHINGTON - Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is returning to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to help kick-start a longshot campaign to expand criminal background checks to all commercial firearms sales. Similar legislation that sought to expand background checks failed to get a hearing in the House last session. With the GOP... more »
  • Gun rights a flashpoint in Louisiana Senate race

    September 30, 2014 12:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection. The senator, locked in a tight race for a fourth term, is pushing back... 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 »
  • La. joins NRA, other states in gun sales petition

    September 4, 2013 10:40 AM

    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 »
  • 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 »
  • NRA changes stance on background checks

    February 4, 2013 2:46 PM

    WASHINGTON - The country's most powerful gun rights lobbying group has reversed its decade-old stance on requiring instant background checks for people buying guns at gun shows. Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said in 1999 that his group thinks "it's reasonable to provide mandatory instant... 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 »
  • White House calls NRA video repugnant, cowardly

    January 16, 2013 10:56 AM

    WASHINGTON - The White House says a National Rifle Association video referencing President Barack Obama's daughters is "repugnant and cowardly." Obama spokesman Jay Carney says most Americans agree that a president's children should not be used as "pawns in a political fight." Carney was referring to an online video from... 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 »
  • NRA vows to defend gun rights after WH meeting

    January 10, 2013 3:24 PM

    WASHINGTON - The nation's largest gun-rights lobby says some participants at its White House meeting seemed more interested in demonizing the Second Amendment than keeping students safe. The National Rifle Association met with Vice President Joe Biden's school safety study group on Thursday and afterward said the participants spent most... more »
  • Biden to meet with NRA to discuss gun safety

    January 10, 2013 7:30 AM

    WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is meeting with the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups as officials look for ways to curb violence linked to guns. Vice President Joe Biden is leading an administration-wide review of gun safety laws, vowing urgent action in the wake of last month's... more »

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