Washington (CNN) – The national battle over guns is headed to the states in a major way.
Already groups supporting more gun restrictions have been active on the local level. And now for the first time in almost two decades, the National Rifle Association is attempting to coordinate the recall of a top state legislator for having successfully passed further gun restrictions in his state, CNN has learned.
(CNN) – The National Rifle Association is famous for its scorecard that gives lawmakers a letter grade based on their votes against gun restrictions.
Now, Mayors Against Illegal Guns–a group battling the NRA in the recent gun control debate–is using their opponent's tactic against them, creating their own grading system for lawmakers, some of them facing re-election next year.
(CNN) – Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the group co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, released on Thursday the first television ad buy featuring family members of victims in the Newtown, Connecticut massacre.
In the spots–one is 60 seconds, the other is 90 seconds–family members talk about their loved ones and call on political leaders to embrace tougher gun laws. The ads come more than three months after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School, in addition to his mother, before taking his own life.
(CNN) – A national ban on assault weapons may have met all-but-certain death in the Senate this week, but one of the measure’s proponents – New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – said Sunday his fight wasn’t over.
“I don't think there's ever been an issue where the public has spoken so clearly, where Congress hasn't eventually understood and done the right thing,” Bloomberg said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
(CNN) - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's anti-gun violence group will launch a $12 million ad buy next week, the group's largest buy yet in the effort to influence the debate over gun-control measures.
Erika Soto Lamb, spokeswoman for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, says the ads will begin airing in 13 states on Tuesday and are timed to put pressure on both Republican and Democratic senators home for the congressional Easter recess.
(CNN) - The drive for a tough federal gun control law has hit a political roadblock. But that's not silencing Joe Biden and Mike Bloomberg.
The loquacious vice president and the outspoken New York mayor on Thursday touted what they term the "importance of passing common sense legislation to reduce gun violence," including the need for a stiff background check system for all gun sales.
(CNN) – While New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said two months ago he was determined to fight for a ban on assault weapons, the outspoken gun critic said Monday he's concentrated on another legislative proposal.
"Our focus is on background checks," he said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."
(CNN) - New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his latest push to keep tobacco products out of sight is an attempt to de-glamorize the appeal of the product for kids and teenagers.
"Smoking is going to kill these kids," he said Monday on CNN's "The Lead" in an interview with Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper. "It's going to leave them with not the great career prospects that you'd like, not the education that you'd like."
(CNN) – Super size? Yes, please, say Mississippi lawmakers.
The same day a judge blocked a ban on the sale of large, sugary drinks in New York City, senators in Mississippi approved, by a 50-1 vote, a bill that would prevent similar efforts in their state.
(CNN) - Many GOP critics say President Barack Obama should halt his golf games as the federal government weathers mandatory spending cuts, but one former Republican is taking the opposite tack, suggesting Obama golf more.
But there's one important caveat to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's advice: The foursomes can't be made up only of friends.