Christie vetoes weapon ban, sends other bills back
August 16th, 2013
08:08 PM ET
8 months ago

Christie vetoes weapon ban, sends other bills back

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a bill Friday that would ban certain long-range rifles and sent several gun-related bills back to the state Legislature for changes, his office announced.

The Republican governor, who has worked with the Legislature on a number of bills to curb gun violence this year (he signed 10 last week), did not approve a proposed ban on firearms with a caliber of .50 or greater, saying it criminalizes a firearm that has not been used in crimes.
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Filed under: Chris Christie • Gun control • Gun rights • New Jersey
Colorado sets recall elections for two pro-gun control lawmakers
July 18th, 2013
08:41 PM ET
9 months ago

Colorado sets recall elections for two pro-gun control lawmakers

(CNN) – Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado on Thursday set the date for recall elections for two state senators, marking the first recall effort in the state's history.

On September 10, voters in two districts will have the chance to re-elect or oust their incumbent Democratic state representatives who are being targeted for supporting tougher gun laws in Colorado.
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Filed under: Colorado • Gun control • Gun rights • John Hickenlooper • NRA
July 17th, 2013
08:36 PM ET
9 months ago

Man who fired off shotgun: Biden told me to do it

(CNN) – A Washington state man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to illegally firing a shotgun to scare people off his property, saying he was just following Vice President Joe Biden's advice.

Jeffery Barton, 52, said at his arraignment in Clark County that he thought people were trying to break into his car and fired his shotgun to frighten them away.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden
New law allows schools to teach gun safety to first-graders
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signed a measure that encourages schools to teach gun safety to first-graders.
July 16th, 2013
07:14 AM ET
9 months ago

New law allows schools to teach gun safety to first-graders

(CNN) - Along with math, science and social studies, gun safety could soon be part of the first-grade curriculum in some Missouri public schools.

A new measure that advocates for such classes for first-graders was signed into law last week. But the idea has prompted worry from some parents and experts about the role and effectiveness of gun safety programs in a classroom setting.

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Filed under: Gun rights • Missouri
July 2nd, 2013
08:04 AM ET
10 months ago

Giffords shoots gun during tour to promote background checks

Updated 9:48 a.m. ET, 7/2

Washington (CNN) – Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, are in Alaska Tuesday on the second stop of a week-long, seven state tour across the nation trying to build public support for enhanced background checks for gun purchases.

The stops are specifically aimed at states where Senators voted no in April, such as Sen. Joe Heck (R-Nevada) and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), or those who voted yes, including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), for the Manchin-Toomey background check provision that would have brought enhanced background checks to guns bought at shows or over the internet.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun control • Gun rights • Mark Kelly
In fight against NRA, Manchin says he’s not afraid
June 20th, 2013
09:26 AM ET
10 months ago

In fight against NRA, Manchin says he’s not afraid

(CNN) – Sen. Joe Manchin is firing back after the National Rifle Association targeted the conservative Democrat in a television commercial last week.

The senator from West Virginia said Thursday morning the NRA is using "paranoia" to keep lawmakers from making big moves on gun control, following the Newtown elementary school shooting in December that left 20 children and six adults dead.
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Filed under: Ads • Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Manchin • NRA • Senate • West Virginia
Rick Perry tries to lure gun makers to Texas
June 10th, 2013
08:43 PM ET
10 months ago

Rick Perry tries to lure gun makers to Texas

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been courting gun manufacturers in states that have enacted tougher gun laws, and next week, he's taking his message on the road.

Perry will travel to Connecticut and New York to meet with business leaders in the firearm industries, his office announced.
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Filed under: Connecticut • Gun control • Gun rights • New York • Rick Perry
Boehner, Cantor to meet with Newtown families
June 10th, 2013
07:09 PM ET
10 months ago

Boehner, Cantor to meet with Newtown families

Updated 1:56 p.m. ET, Tuesday, 6/11, to reflect a schedule change for the meeting.

Washington (CNN) – The two top Republicans in the GOP-controlled House of Representatives will meet Wednesday with families who lost loved ones in the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting.

According to an aide to John Boehner, the House speaker and Majority Leader Eric Cantor will sit down with the families, who will be in Washington to mark six months since the massacre that left 26 dead.
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Filed under: Eric Cantor • Gun control • Gun rights • John Boehner
June 3rd, 2013
12:10 PM ET
11 months ago

Biden on mental health: It's okay to talk about it

Updated at 4:19 p.m. on Monday 6/3

(CNN) – In closing remarks at the White House's National Conference on Mental Health Monday, Vice President Joe Biden delivered an emotional plea to those struggling with mental illness and their families.

"Let's use this moment to send a message to tens of millions of Americans especially the young people and the parents of young people all over this country," Biden said, speaking quietly. "There is nothing, nothing to be ashamed of if you are struggling with mental issues or if your child is or your spouse or your friend. It's okay. It's okay to talk about it. It's okay to ask for help. It is okay to acknowledge that it is frightening."
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Filed under: Arne Duncan • Gun control • Gun rights • Joe Biden • Kathleen Sebelius • President Obama • White House
Markey airs ad referencing Newtown
May 17th, 2013
05:29 PM ET
11 months ago

Markey airs ad referencing Newtown

Washington (CNN) – Directly mentioning the Newtown, Connecticut shootings for the first time in a campaign ad, Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Ed Markey criticized his Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez for opposing gun-control legislation.

"Gomez is against battling assault weapons," the ad says. "And Gomez is against banning high-capacity magazines like the ones used in the Newtown school shooting."
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Filed under: Ed Markey • Gabriel Gomez • Gun control • Gun rights
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