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Republican support of expanded background checks collapses in Senate

The U.S. Senate will not include expanded background checks in its new gun safety bill Wednesday. According to NBC News, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) warned that the measure does not have enough votes in the Senate to pass. “We will not get the votes today,” he said, explaining that certain…

Oregon 9-year-old killed by security guard practicing holstering weapon

Authorities in Oregon are considering whether to charge an off-duty security guard who accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend’s 9-year-old daughter while practicing drawing his weapon. Oregon City police spokesperson Lt. Jim Band said that 32-year-old Joseph Wade Wolters was at home on Sunday prepping for his new job as…

Free fried chicken is latest in trend of restaurant offers to gun-toting customers

A Louisiana fried chicken joint has joined a trend of restaurants across the country offering free food or discounts to customers who agree to bring their guns to dinner — but is it turning off other patrons? Randal Neel, the owner of Chicken Express in Bossier City, told KLVT that…

John Kerry: Fewer foreign students coming to the U.S. because they fear gun violence

Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday said that fewer foreign students are traveling to the United States to study because they fear gun violence. During an interview in Tokyo about recent tensions with North Korea, CNN foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty asked Kerry if other countries had expressed concerns…

Gillibrand rejects David Gregory’s talking points: ‘This is not about the NRA!’

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) corrected NBC host David Gregory on Sunday after he repeated the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) talking points in opposition to expanding gun background checks even though only 10 percent of the country agrees with the lobbying group. During a panel discussion on NBC’s Meet the Press,…

Cornyn opposes ‘symbolic’ background checks so Newtown victims ‘did not die in vain’

Texas Sen. John Cornyn (R) on Sunday said that he opposed a bill to close the so-called gun show loophole and expand background checks to Internet gun sales because only better mental health laws will ensure that the Newtown mass shooting victims “did not die in vain.” “In my meeting…

Rubio: ‘I hope we’ll talk about’ fewer background checks

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) says that he would like to weaken existing gun control laws with any new legislation by decreasing the number of background checks required for people who apply for concealed carry permits in multiple states. During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace asked Rubio…

N.H. police chief faces fine after teen kills self with his service weapon

A New Hampshire police chief could have to pay up to $1,000 in fines after a 15-year-old boy killed himself with the officer’s service weapon. Danville Police Chief Wade Parsons was expected to be charged with one count of negligent storage of a firearm on Friday for leaving his service…

Rick Warren’s son killed himself with unregistered gun he bought online

Controversial megachurch pastor Rick Warren revealed via Twitter on Thursday that his 27-year-old son Matthew committed suicide with an unregistered weapon that he had purchased online. According to the Daily Mail, Warren, who has been tweeting regular updates about his grieving process, said that he forgives whoever sold his son…

Tony Perkins: Obama’s evangelical ‘watch list’ could ban Christian gun buyers

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has warned that President Barack Obama could be planning to create a special “watch list” for Catholics and evangelical Christians to prevent them from buying guns. On his Wednesday Washington Watch broadcast, Perkins said he was “concerned” about a bipartisan deal in the Senate…

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