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Biden Signs Landmark Gun Measure Into Law
White House
Biden Signs Landmark Gun Measure Into Law
2022-06-25 16:20:30
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden signed the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades into law Saturday morning, declaring “lives will be saved” as a result of a bipartisan compromise reached in the shadow of a wake of recent mass... Read More

Congress
House Passes Bipartisan Gun Legislation, Sending It to Biden
2022-06-24 21:41:54
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The House gave its approval on Friday to a bipartisan compromise intended to stop dangerous and mentally ill people from getting their hands on firearms, ending a three-decade stalemate over how to deal with mass shootings and other... Read More

Political News
Gun Bill Garners Bipartisan Support in Senate, House Plans Friday Vote
2022-06-24 16:04:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate easily approved a bipartisan gun control bill Thursday night, setting the stage for final approval on Friday in the House of what many are calling the government's most decisive response ever to the rash of... Read More

Supreme Court
Justices Significantly Expand Gun Rights in Major Second Amendment Ruling
2022-06-23 16:23:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — New York State’s “proper cause” requirement to obtain a concealed-carry license is unconstitutional because it prevents law-abiding citizens with self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for that purpose, a divided Supreme... Read More

U.S. Senate
‘Bipartisan Breakthrough’ Reached on Senate Gun Safety Bill
2022-06-22 17:17:54
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Senators reached an agreement on Tuesday night to advance bipartisan legislation aimed at curbing violent offenders’ access to firearms. The legislation passed an initial procedural process in the Senate after 14 Republicans joined all 48 Democrats and two... Read More

Political News
McConaughey Calls for Bipartisan Answer to Gun Violence
2022-06-18 14:11:34
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — A week after appearing on Capitol Hill, in the Oval Office and in the White House briefing room, academy award winning actor Matthew McConaughey is continuing to press his case for bipartisan action on guns and gun violence.... Read More

U.S. Senate
‘Bumps in the Road’ Hold Up Bipartisan Gun Deal
2022-06-17 20:11:30
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — The Senate adjourned Friday morning without any action taken on its proposed bipartisan gun safety framework, throwing cold water on the hopes that a deal would be reached before the chamber’s state work period recess. The members currently... Read More

Criminal Justice
Buffalo Supermarket Gunman in Court on Hate Crime Counts

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white man who killed 10 Black people at a Buffalo supermarket made his first appearance in federal court on hate crime charges Thursday, and the judge urged prosecutors to quickly decide whether to pursue the... Read More

Congress
Sergeant-at-Arms: Capitol Complex Should Largely Be Gun-Free Zone
2022-05-25 23:17:39
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Loaded firearms have no place in the U.S. Capitol or on its grounds, unless they are in the hands of trained and authorized law enforcement personnel, the House sergeant-at-arms said on Wednesday. William J. Walker’s unambiguous statement came... Read More

Elections
In Indiana, State GOP Fends Off Insurgency From the Right
2022-05-04 15:47:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Overshadowed, perhaps, by higher profile and more hotly contested races in neighboring Ohio, the outcome of Tuesday’s primaries in Indiana were defined by moderates in the Republican-controlled state legislature holding off a challenge from their right. About two... Read More

In The States
Justice Department Sues Missouri to Prevent Gun Law Restriction 
2022-02-17 21:16:50
by Reece Nations

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The Department of Justice on Wednesday filed a lawsuit to prevent Missouri from enforcing a state law it says hinders the enforcement of federal firearm laws. The DOJ’s complaint, filed in federal court in Jefferson City,... Read More

Congress
Hoyer Seeks Review of Firearms Rules on US Capitol Grounds
2021-12-14 15:28:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer asked the Capitol Police Board on Tuesday to update Congressional leadership on the current status of firearms rules within the U.S. Capitol Complex, and to consider an outright ban on guns in committee... Read More

Litigation
Lawsuit Challenges Law Banning ‘Ghost Gun’ Sales
2021-10-12 19:47:57
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- Guns are again playing a big role in the courts and politics of Washington, D.C. after a champion of Second Amendment rights filed a new federal lawsuit to challenge a local law that seeks to restrict some firearms. ... Read More

Law
Ruling Clears Way for More Lawsuits Against D.C. Ban on Carrying Guns
2021-10-04 20:08:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- A federal judge’s ruling last week cast the District of Columbia back into disputes over gun rights at a time the murder rate is renewing calls for legislative reform. The judge ruled the District of Columbia must compensate... Read More

White House
Biden Anti-crime Effort Takes on Law-breaking Gun Dealers

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is announcing new efforts to stem a rising national tide of violent crime as administration officials brace for what could be a turbulent summer, focusing on attacking gun violence, providing money to cities that... Read More

In The States
Second Amendment Sanctuaries Facing 1st Court Test in Oregon

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The first court test of whether local governments can ban police from enforcing certain gun laws is playing out in a rural Oregon county, one of a wave of U.S. counties declaring itself a Second Amendment... Read More

White House
What People are Saying About the Biden Gun Control Proposals
2021-04-09 20:24:07
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — Americans took to social media Thursday after President Joe Biden announced measures to curb the rampant spread of gun violence by restricting access to firearms. The measures, lauded by some and condemned by others, were laid out in... Read More

Political News
Private Sales Emerge as Obstacle to Senate Action on Guns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in Congress are trying to pass the first major gun control legislation in more than two decades with the support of President Joe Biden, who said Thursday that it is "long past time" to do so.... Read More

In The News
House Passes Legislation to Expand Background Checks

WASHINGTON (AP) — Emboldened by their majorities in the House and Senate, Democrats are making a new push to enact the first major new gun control laws in more than two decades -- starting with stricter background checks.   The House... Read More

2020 Elections
Walmart Pulls Guns Off Shelves as Precaution Ahead of Election

Walmart Inc. has temporarily pulled ammunition and guns off its shelves ahead of any possible looting or civil unrest that could take place following next week's election. "We have seen some isolated civil unrest and as we have done on... Read More

Senate Watch
AZ Senate: Mark Kelly (D)
2020-10-28 13:55:38
by TWN Staff

About Kelly: Mark Kelly is a Democrat running for the U.S. Senate in Arizona. Kelly, the son of two police officers, grew up attending public schools from elementary school until enrolling in the United States Merchant Marine Academy and U.S.... Read More

2020 Elections
Trump Battleground State Ad Distorts Biden Position on Guns
2020-10-20 21:46:27
by Dan McCue

This is an installment of an ongoing series of political advertising fact checks during the 2020 campaign. If you would like to submit an advertisement for consideration, please email a link to editors@thewellnews.com. President Donald Trump's re-election campaign claims in... Read More

State News
Virginia Senate Panel Says No to Democrats’ Assault Weapons Ban

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The final and most controversial of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun control bills that would have stopped the sale of assault weapons and banned people from having 12-round magazines has been tabled for the year. The... Read More

State News
Protest of Virginia’s Proposed Gun Laws Ends Peacefully

RICHMOND, Va — Thousands of mostly white men — many decked out in camouflage and armed with assault-style rifles — packed Richmond’s streets Monday, circling the gun-free Capitol Square, where thousands more waved signs and listened to speeches, all wanting... Read More

Crime
Calif. High School Shooter Opens Fire on Crowded Quad, Killing 2 and Injuring 3

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. — Authorities said the shooting at Saugus High School that left two students dead and three wounded Thursday occurred over a 16-second period in which a classmate pulled out a gun in the quad area and opened... Read More

In The News
Bipartisan Bill Incentivizes States to Report of Domestic Violence to Federal Background Check Systems
2019-11-08 21:24:51
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - A bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., and Mike Turner, R-Ohio, will create incentives for states to provide complete domestic violence records to federal background check databases. Rep. Rice announced the filing of the bill at... Read More

Guns
Supreme Court to Rule on Gun Law As Mass Shootings Create Outrage
2019-10-10 17:02:31
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court cast itself back into the emotional gun rights controversy when it put a lawsuit over a New York City ban on the transportation of  firearms on its schedule for its current session. The New York... Read More

Congress
House Judiciary Committee to Tackle Gun Legislation Debate Next Week
2019-09-03 20:22:00
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The House Judiciary Committee will reconvene next week taking on one of the nation's most contentious issues -- finding a way forward in the wake of a series of mass shootings. The markup on a trio of bills... Read More

Democrats Press McConnell, Trump To Move on Background Checks
2019-08-13 21:54:59
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Democrats led by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump on Tuesday to endorse House-passed legislation expanding background checks on gun buyers and to take other steps to... Read More

Cunningham Takes On McConnell, Fights Offshore Drilling In Eventful District Visit
2019-08-09 23:43:18
by Dan McCue

Freshman Representative Joe Cunningham, D-S.C., certainly didn't expect to be taking on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., let alone talking about gun control, when he returned to his South Carolina district for the August recess, but after mass shootings... Read More

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