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NRA endorses compromise legislation on background checks

A pro-gun lobby group broke ranks with the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA) on Sunday, stating it would endorse a bill that includes expanded background checks. The Citizens Committee for the Right to Bear Arms, which is said to represent around 650,000 members, told its supporters via email that it…

Senate votes 68-31 to break filibuster and debate gun safety bill

The U.S. Senate voted 68-31 on Thursday to cut off a filibuster by a group of far-right Republicans and allow debate on a new gun safety measure aimed at preventing the kind of tragedies that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. According to USA Today, 16 Republican Senators…

Watch live: Senators discuss gun violence bill

Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., hold a news conference to discuss their agreement on background checks relating to guns. Watch live, broadcast on NBC News on April 10.…

Report: Bipartisan deal reached on expanded gun background checks

Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) have reached a deal allowing for background checks on gun sales online and at gun shows, NBC News reported Wednesday morning. The agreement, reportedly reached late Tuesday night, would also include exemptions for gun sales between family members, and will be announced…

NRA tactics lead gun owners to think universal background checks are already law

A recent poll reveals that most Americans who say no new gun laws are needed have very little clue as to what the nation’s gun laws actually are, much to the dismay of liberals pushing for sweeping reforms in the wake of the Newtown massacre. The survey, summarized in Sunday’s…

Sen. Lindsey Graham shouts down CNN host over keeping private gun transfers secret

Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Sunday became angry and shouted at CNN host Candy Crowley over the notion that people who receive guns as gifts would have to undergo background checks. In an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, Crowley asked Graham if he would be willing…

Mayor Bloomberg puts pressure on Congress with $12 million gun control ad campaign

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is bankrolling a $12m advertising blitz in a bid to pressure Congress into adopted stricter gun controls. The television ads are set to run in 13 key states during the congressional recess and are aimed at influencing an upcoming Senate vote on gun reforms. Announcing…

FBI: Record number of Americans buying guns

Over 2.4m gun background checks were initiated in January, topped only by last December’s 2.7m Americans are lining up to buy guns in unprecedented numbers in the wake of the Newtown school shooting and the debate around tightening gun controls, with federal background checks on prospective buyers running at record…

Sen. Durbin rips NRA chief: You completely missed basic point of background checks

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois on Wednesday slammed National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre for claiming background checks wouldn’t reduce gun violence. During a the Senate Judiciary Committee’s gun control hearing, LaPierre argued that closing the so-called gun show loophole would only harm innocent gun buyers. He claimed criminals…

NRA chief Wayne LaPierre feels the heat at Senate hearing

Wayne LaPierre, the firebrand executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association, came under intense questioning from Democratic members of the senate judiciary committee who forced him to admit that the NRA’s opposition to gun control has grown more extreme over the past 15 years. In the course of a four-hour…

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