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NRA Says No to Banning Bump Stocks

Stephen Paddock used the device to murder 58 people

(Newser) - Any hopes that the NRA would be supporting legislation banning so-called "bump stocks" following the massacre last week in Las Vegas were likely dashed when representatives from the group told the Sunday political shows that their group is merely open to "regulating differently" the device that allows a... More »

NRA's Concession May Not Be as Big as Thought

Group supports restrictions on bump stocks, but requests ATF review, not congressional ban

(Newser) - The NRA made a surprise announcement Thursday that it supported government restrictions on "bump stocks," the devices that effectively turned Stephen Paddock's semiautomatic rifles into more lethal automatic weapons. The group called on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to review its rules on the... More »

Rosanne Cash: Time for Country Artists to Rebuff the NRA

Group 'funds domestic terrorism,' singer writes in 'NYT' op-ed

(Newser) - Rosanne Cash has long been an advocate of tougher gun laws, but the shooting in Las Vegas has her making a special plea to her fellow artists in country music. It's time for them to disavow the NRA, she writes in the New York Times . Country artists in particular... More »

Trump to NRA: '8-Year Assault' on Gun Rights Is Now Over

Trump is 1st sitting president to address NRA since 1983

(Newser) - On Friday—his 99th day in office—President Trump did something no sitting president has done in more than 30 years: He spoke at an NRA conference. "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end," NBC News quotes Trump as saying Friday... More »

Employee Accidentally Shoots Self at NRA Headquarters

The 46-year-old's gun went off during firearm training

(Newser) - An NRA employee was hospitalized Thursday after accidentally shooting himself during firearms training at NRA headquarters in Virginia, NBC Washington reports. According to the Fairfax County Police Department , the 46-year-old man was holstering his pistol when it fired. He suffered a minor injury to his lower body. Officers discussed the... More »

Guinness Shoots Down NRA's World Record Attempt

Gun-rights people are really feeling themselves post-Election Day

(Newser) - Guinness World Records refused to acknowledge a potential world record by the NRA, but after the week it's had, the NRA doesn't really care. USA Today reports more than a thousand people from 16 states traveled to Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday to take part in the "1000... More »

Trump Under Fire for '2nd Amendment' Remark

'Give me a break,' he says

(Newser) - Donald Trump's campaign is once again on damage control, this time over remarks that critics say hinted at Hillary Clinton's assassination . His comment that "Second Amendment people" could "maybe" do something about Clinton picking Supreme Court justices if she wins was widely condemned Tuesday, though he... More »

NRA Makes $2M Pro-Trump Benghazi Ad Buy

Marine Corps vet who fought against Libyan assault featured in 'Stop Clinton' promo

(Newser) - One of the biggest political ads for Donald Trump yet is being released, and none other than the National Rifle Association is behind it, USA Today reports. The NRA's Political Victory Fund PAC put up $2 million to back the 30-second spot , the association's first ad campaign of... More »

Trump May Be Breaking With GOP, NRA on Gun Control

He wants to talk about keeping people on terror watch lists from buying guns

(Newser) - Someone check Hell for ice cubes because it appears Donald Trump has broken with the GOP to side with Hillary Clinton and the Democrats. The Atlantic reports Trump is seeking to meet with the NRA about keeping people on terror watch lists from buying guns. “If Con Man Don... More »

Trump Gets NRA Endorsement, Says He'll Ban Gun-Free Zones

He also took the opportunity to bash 'Heartless Hillary'

(Newser) - The NRA endorsed Donald Trump during its national convention in Kentucky on Friday, NBC News reports. According to CNN , Trump called the endorsement a "fantastic honor." In a speech immediately following, he said American citizens "sitting in an apartment" need guns because “outside is tremendous crime;... More »

NRA Arms Hansel and Gretel in Firearm Fairy Tale

Gun-control advocates call the series 'disgusting'

(Newser) - First the NRA repurposed Little Red Riding Hood ; now it's reloading Hansel and Gretel . The gun lobby group's fairy tales-with-firearms series, penned by Amelia Hamilton and appearing on the NRA Family site , aims to place traditional tales in a new "utopia filled with empowered and unharmed children,... More »

NRA Official Blames Victim for Church Massacre

Board member Charles Cotton deletes comments about Clementa Pinckney

(Newser) - An NRA board member is catching flak for blaming one of the victims in the Charleston church shooting for the deaths. On a message board he runs, Charles Cotton took issue with church leader Clementa Pinckney, who also happened to be a state senator in South Carolina. The post: "... More »

US Senator Takes Heat for Bloody Fundraiser: Pigeon Shoot

Animal rights groups come down on Jim Inhofe's 'slaughter-fest'

(Newser) - Coming up with a creative way to raise money for your Senate re-election campaign: great idea. Shooting live pigeons out of the sky for said fundraiser: not terribly popular. Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe is taking more than a little flak from animal rights groups over a moneymaking event he held... More »

NRA's Top Lawyer Was Convicted of Murder

But a high court overturned Robert Dowlut's sentence

(Newser) - The NRA's top lawyer argues in favor of gun ownership for self-defense—but it turns out he was convicted of shooting a woman in cold blood 50 years ago, Mother Jones reports. In 1964, a jury found Robert Dowlut guilty of killing his girlfriend's mother in South Bend,... More »

NRA: Sorry We Called Open-Carry Crew 'Weird'

Walks back surprising statement from last week

(Newser) - Well, so much for that: On Friday, a statement appeared on the website of the NRA's lobbying arm that Talking Points Memo called "amazing" and "remarkably frank," but days later, the organization has backtracked. Why? Well, the initial statement—which the head of the lobbying arm... More »

Bloomberg Targets NRA With $50M Gun Control Supergroup

'We've got to make them afraid of us': former mayor

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg is making his first move on gun control since leaving office, and it's less than subtle: The former mayor is dropping $50 million to create a rival to the NRA, he tells the New York Times . Everytown for Gun Safety will use NRA-style tactics to promote gun... More »

NRA: Navy Yard Lacked 'Good Guys With Guns'

Meanwhile, Manchin says he won't renew push for gun control

(Newser) - The NRA's Wayne LaPierre is taking on renewed debate over gun control in wake of the Navy Yard shooting, telling NBC today that the "outrage" of "the elite media and the politicians trying to stir this toward firearms ... ought to be placed on an unprotected naval base.... More »

2 Dems Ousted Over Gun Stance in Colorado Recall

Will be replaced by Republicans after NRA-backed election

(Newser) - Colorado voters have fired two clear warning shots in the gun control debate, voting to kick two Democratic state lawmakers who supported stricter firearm laws out of office. Senate president John Morse and Senator Angela Giron will both be replaced with Republicans, following a recall election yesterday, reports the Denver ... More »

NRA Has a Vast Secret Registry of Gun Owners

BuzzFeed finds that it goes well beyond group's 3M members

(Newser) - The NRA hates the idea of a national gun registry, but it effectively operates a massive one of its own, reports BuzzFeed . Its secretive database goes way beyond its 3 million members—the group gets names from gun-safety classes, gun shows, magazine subscribers, government offices, etc., writes Steve Friess. It... More »

NRA Unholsters New Museum— in Gun Store

'If you are a gun person, you are going to love this place'

(Newser) - The National Rifle Association has unveiled a new museum—inside a gun store. The National Sporting Arms Museum, inside a sprawling Bass Pro store in Springfield, Mo., features close to 1,000 firearms, including ones owned by historical figures as diverse as Teddy Roosevelt, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Jesse James, Reuters... More »

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