January 31st, 2013
08:19 PM ET
1 year ago

Despite losses, NRA president says his group has clout

(CNN) - The National Rifle Association has been known as one of Washington's most powerful lobbies.

But some of the organization’s opponents have questioned whether the NRA holds the power it once did.
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Filed under: Charles Schumer • Chris Murphy • NRA
January 31st, 2013
06:37 PM ET
1 year ago

NRA position on background checks has changed, board member affirms

Washington (CNN) - A past president and current board member of the National Rifle Association affirmed Thursday that the organization has changed its position on background checks for gun sales in recent years.

Sandy Froman said Thursday in a town hall on CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360" that the organization has changed its position since the organization's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, testified before the House Judiciary Committee in 1999.
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Filed under: NRA • TV-Anderson Cooper 360
NRA president: Harry Reid 'under incredible pressure'
January 31st, 2013
12:52 PM ET
1 year ago

NRA president: Harry Reid 'under incredible pressure'

Washington (CNN) - National Rifle Association President David Keene signaled Thursday that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat who has enjoyed the powerful gun lobby's support in the past, could prove pivotal in the heated debate over gun control.

Reid has found himself in a delicate position as he tries to navigate the desires of many members of his pro-gun rights Nevada constituency and the White House and members of his caucus' intensified push over gun control. As Senate majority leader, Reid has great influence to speed or slow the consideration of legislation on Capitol Hill.
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Filed under: Harry Reid • NRA
January 30th, 2013
09:43 AM ET
1 year ago

Live Blog: Senate hearing on gun violence

Washington (CNN) – The first congressional hearing on gun violence since the Newtown school massacre occurred Wednesday. Highlights of testimony from both sides of the debate are below.

1:53 p.m. ET - Sen. Leahy, wrapping up the hearing, says all of the witnesses at today's hearing have the same goal: preventing gun violence. He said going forward, lawmakers would respect all of the opinions expressed.

He also said he hoped the Judiciary Committee would be able to meet in February to mark-up gun control legislation, and ultimately bring it to the Senate floor.

1:51 p.m. ET - Sen. Mazie Hirono, the Democrat from Hawaii, asked the Baltimore police chief to give thoughts on how to prevent bullying in schools, which she said could lead to violent situations with guns.

James Johnson said police offices in schools can help prevent bullying in schools, but that more work needed to be done on the subject.

1:40 p.m. ET – Speaking at the hearing, Mark Kelly updates senators on today's shooting in Pheonix, where two people have been reported shot.

"While we were having this hearing, and we certainly don’t know the details, but in Phoenix, Arizona, there is another what seems to be possibly a shooting with multiple victims. It doesn't seem like anybody has been killed but initial reports are three people injured in Phoenix, Arizona with multiple shots fired. There are 50 or so police cars on the scene."

1:36 p.m. ET – Asked whether the NRA would sign onto the "Sandy Hook Promise," Wayne LaPierre says his group wants to do everything it can to prevent further gun violence and increase safety in schools.
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Filed under: Gabrielle Giffords • Gun rights • NRA
NRA official to Congress: More gun laws not the answer
January 30th, 2013
07:49 AM ET
1 year ago

NRA official to Congress: More gun laws not the answer

(CNN) - Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011, will give the opening statement at Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on gun violence, according to two sources close to Giffords.

It is the first congressional hearing on gun violence since the Connecticut school massacre that left 26 people dead. A top NRA official plans to tell lawmakers Wednesday that new weapons restrictions are not a "serious solution" to the problem.

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Filed under: Gun rights • NRA
January 30th, 2013
07:14 AM ET
1 year ago

Quick draw: How the NRA's LaPierre keeps his enemies guessing

Washington (CNN) - Wayne LaPierre is not a large man. He does not move with the easy assurance of a skilled fighter. His head sits low on his neck, and he seems to turn from the shoulders.

His swept-back, graying hair and rimless glasses make him look like a Central Casting accountant who sleeps with a tie on. Yet, in Washington, LaPierre is a heavyweight of the first degree, a brawler who can make even brave politicians toss in the towel at the first sign of a scuffle.

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Connecticut Democrat questions NRA's influence
January 29th, 2013
06:03 PM ET
1 year ago

Connecticut Democrat questions NRA's influence

Washington (CNN) - A Senate proponent of new gun control measures said Tuesday the National Rifle Association is not the political force it once was and members of Congress should think about that as they consider whether to support restrictions on firearms.

"The reality is that in order to pass this legislation we do have to convince members of Congress that there is not a political price to pay for going against the NRA," Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat told reporters during a conference call.
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Filed under: Chris Murphy • NRA
NRA lobbyist: Ad citing Obama’s kids ‘ill advised’
January 25th, 2013
07:26 PM ET
1 year ago

NRA lobbyist: Ad citing Obama’s kids ‘ill advised’

(CNN) – Referencing President Barack Obama’s children in a recent television advertisement against gun control was not “particularly helpful,” one of the National Rifle Association’s top lobbyists said.

“I don't think it was particularly helpful, that ad,” said Jim Baker, the top federal government liaison with the NRA Institute for Legislative Action. He spoke in an interview with Reuters, the news agency said.
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Filed under: Gun control • NRA • President Obama
January 23rd, 2013
07:50 AM ET
1 year ago

NRA chief: Obama makes 'mockery' of American freedoms

(CNN) – The National Rifle Association chief issued a blistering retort to President Barack Obama's inaugural address, accusing him of name calling and limiting American freedoms.

Wayne LaPierre had been relatively silent since his controversial response to the shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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Filed under: Gun rights • NRA • President Obama
Chris Christie rails against NRA, calls ad 'reprehensible'
January 17th, 2013
06:31 PM ET
1 year ago

Chris Christie rails against NRA, calls ad 'reprehensible'

(CNN) – Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey skewered the National Rifle Association Thursday for referencing the president's children in a political attack commercial.

Speaking in a press conference, the outspoken governor decried the move as "reprehensible" and argued the group lost some credibility by making the ad.
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Filed under: Ads • Chris Christie • NRA
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