LaPierre: 'How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?'
May 4th, 2013
02:14 PM ET
1 year ago

LaPierre: 'How many Bostonians wish they had a gun two weeks ago?'

(CNN) – While investigators focus on developments leading up to the Boston Marathon bombing, gun rights advocates zeroed in on the tense days after the deadly attack and the frantic manhunt for one of the suspects.

National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said residents were "imprisoned" in their homes with no means to protect themselves while police searched for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
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Filed under: 2013 • Gun rights • NRA • Wayne LaPierre
May 3rd, 2013
06:13 PM ET
1 year ago

Palin fires up NRA crowd, hits Obama for using Newtown families

(CNN) - Sarah Palin blasted President Barack Obama and gun control advocates Friday, blaming them for "exploiting" recent mass shooting tragedies to promote their political agenda.

Speaking to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association convention in Houston, the folksy former governor from Alaska also used chewing tobacco at one point to draw some laughs.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA • Sarah Palin
May 3rd, 2013
02:57 PM ET
5 months ago

Gun control in crosshairs at NRA convention

(CNN) – Within minutes of the National Rifle Association's opening forum at their annual meeting Friday, the group's leaders went after gun control proposals and advocates who sought to expand tougher firearm laws following the Newtown elementary school massacre.

"Where we see tragedy, Barack Obama and Michael Bloomberg, they see opportunity," said Chris Cox, the executive director for the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA • Rick Perry • Ted Cruz • Texas • Wayne LaPierre
NRA to get new president
David Keene (pictured), the outgoing NRA president, will be replaced by Alabama attorney Jim Porter.
May 1st, 2013
06:00 PM ET
1 year ago

NRA to get new president

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association is getting a new president, the organization confirmed Wednesday.

As part of its formal rotation, Alabama attorney Jim Porter will take the top spot beginning Monday, replacing current President David Keene, whose two-year term concludes this week at the NRA's annual meeting in Houston.
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New NRA web ad: listen to police, not Obama
April 17th, 2013
08:05 AM ET
1 year ago

New NRA web ad: listen to police, not Obama

(CNN) – On the day the Senate begins votes on new gun control measures, the National Rifle Association said they were launching web ad casting President Barack Obama's proposals as detached from the reality faced by America's law enforcement officers.

The 30-second spot, which the NRA says it will spend $500,000 to place on websites like the Drudge Report, the Washington Post, and Hulu, uses polls of police officers showing little support for increasing background checks and banning assault weapons.
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Don't air NRA race, senator asks Rupert Murdoch
April 11th, 2013
07:45 PM ET
1 year ago

Don't air NRA race, senator asks Rupert Murdoch

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association-sponsored NASCAR race slated for this weekend is "inappropriate in the immediate wake of the Newtown massacre," Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Connecticut, wrote to the race's broadcaster on Thursday.

"The race not only brings national attention to an organization that has been the face of one side of this heated debate, it also features the live shooting of guns at the end of the race," Murphy wrote to Rupert Murdoch, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, which owns the Fox network where the race will be broadcast.
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NRA: Senate gun compromise won't solve the problem
April 10th, 2013
11:49 AM ET
1 year ago

NRA: Senate gun compromise won't solve the problem

(CNN) – The National Rifle Association said Wednesday that expanding background checks at gun shows, as called for in a Senate compromise, "will not prevent the next shooting, will not solve violent crime and will not keep our kids safe in schools."

Read the full statement after the jump
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • NRA
Turning the tables: Bloomberg's gun control group creates scorecard
April 9th, 2013
08:53 AM ET
1 year ago

Turning the tables: Bloomberg's gun control group creates scorecard

(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.
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Filed under: Gun control • Gun rights • Michael Bloomberg • NRA
Hutchinson clarifies position on background checks
April 4th, 2013
12:21 AM ET
1 year ago

Hutchinson clarifies position on background checks

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association adviser who broke with the organization’s position has clarified his position on gun sale background checks.

After announcing the NRA’s National School Shield Project school safety findings at a Tuesday press conference, he appeared on CNN later and said he “absolutely” supported expanding background checks.  The NRA supports expanding the data included in the database – such as those with mental health issues – but does not support conducting a background check on every gun sale, including so-called private sales currently exempt from the federal requirement.

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NEA chief cool to NRA recommendations
April 3rd, 2013
07:29 PM ET
1 year ago

NEA chief cool to NRA recommendations

(CNN) - The president of the nation's largest teachers group on Wednesday rejected the National Rifle Association's proposal to put guns in schools.

"We believe the NRA's focus is misguided and in fact a distraction from what we ought to be talking about," said Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association in an interview on CNN International’s Connect the World.
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