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Senators crack impasse on gun background check
Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., announced a bipartisan compromise seeking to expand background checks for the sale of guns — both at gun shows and online — that could help break the impasse in the gun-control debate in Congress. The deal would be added as an amendment to existing gun legislation in the Senate. It opens the door to the biggest potential change in U.S. gun laws in nearly two decades, but still faces deep questions and lingering opposition when the Senate begins voting on whether to proceed with the gun debate.
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Virginia, Maryland differ on gun control legislation
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a common refrain among gun owners is that they're passionate about their firearms. For an example of that passion, look no further than Scott Lorincz at Blue Ridge Arsenal in Chantilly. "We value our second amendment rights and that's one of the main reasons that brought me to Virginia," he says. Lorinz moved from Maryland 15 years ago. Here, he can openly carry a firearm and believes the ability to do so makes this state much safer than his previous home.
The balm of tighter gun control
The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration's push for tighter gun control may be its own best argument: Newtown, Conn. This is because nothing proposed in the gun control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School and everybody knows it. At best, tighter gun laws will make us feel better.
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Liberty University changes concealed carry policy
Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., has changed its concealed weapons policy, allowing more people to carry guns in more places on campus. Faculty and staff were already allowed to carry concealed weapons in university buildings. This amendment allows students and visitors that same privilege. Previously, people in those groups could carry on campus, but would have to lock up their guns in their cars or at the university police department before heading inside.
Sen. Lee: Backgound checks could allow Holder to create gun registry
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, took to the Senate floor and warned that universal background checks could lead to a national registry system for guns. "Some of the proposals, like for example — universal background checks — would allow the federal government to surveil law-abiding citizens who exercise their Constitutional rights. One of the provisions we expect to see in the bill based on what we saw in the Judiciary Committee — on which I sit — would allow the Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder to promulgate regulations that could lead to a national registry system for guns. Something my constituents in Utah are very concerned about, and understandably so," said Sen. Lee.
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Toomey refused to have Schumer at gun deal presser
Four senators may have signed on to a gun background check deal, but only two showed up for the news conference — in part because Pennsylvania GOP Sen. Patrick J. Toomey's public support for the bill hinged on not having to stand next to Democratic Sen. Charles E. Schumer of New York.
Tough gun votes could end careers on Capitol Hill
There aren't too many votes with the potential to make or break a congressional career, but the upcoming gun-control showdown on Capitol Hill is one of them. For true believers aligned with their states, red or blue, the choice is easy. The rest could face difficult questions, such as "Am I willing to lose my job over this?" and "Will I be able to live with my vote?"
Gun control supporter embraced by gun rights supporters after pulling weapon in self-defense
Bob Jalali is an unlikely figure to be embraced by gun rights supporters. He says he favors President Barack Obama's proposed gun control measures and although he once sold guns at a Prince William County pawn shop, he gave up the license because he didn't like being associated with the weapons. But on March 7, when a customer at Pawn City in Woodbridge, Va., suddenly began stabbing him, Jalali saved his life by reaching for a handgun.
Senate gun action is 1st NRA, pro-control groups clash
As the Senate prepares to vote on advancing gun control legislation, advocates and foes are accelerating lobbying efforts. A prime target: Virginia Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat with an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association.
No pass on Toomey-Schumer-Manchin gun bill
Heritage Action for America
Although latest gun bill was by Senators Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., it is actually the Toomey-Schumer-Manchin bill. According to the Wall Street Journal, Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., "helped negotiate the final bill."
Double-barreled threat: UN Arms Trade Treaty and universal background checks
Do those of us who are determined to defend our constitutional rights to own and bear arms really have anything to worry about? Supporters of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty argue that it doesn't really threaten the Second Amendment, but only regulates international arms trade. And as for the proposed provision for "enhanced" background checks for gun sales that is being brought before the Senate, forget about that too. It's only a "sensible measure" to keep guns out of the hands of bad guys. It has nothing to do with the rest of us. Or maybe not. Perhaps consider that these two prospective developments may have a lot to do with you and me after all. They also have more serious mischief in common than international and domestic anti-gun rights politicians would like us to realize.
Council of Governors backs off controversial position on gun control
Compromise on issues as contentious as gun control are hard to come by, but the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments struck a deal that most of its members can apparently live with — at least for now. In two separate votes, members of the COG Board of Directors voted to rescind their controversial March decision to endorse a position paper on gun policies drafted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and then moved to send the matters of gun violence, mental health and school safety to relevant committees to draft a more comprehensive position on gun violence.
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