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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 »

Suit Filed Over Country's 'Toughest' Gun Law

Groups, individuals say Connecticut law is unconstitutional

(Newser) - The toughest-in-the-nation gun-control law passed in Connecticut in the wake of Sandy Hook shooting is getting its first legal challenge—but state officials don't seem worried. The Connecticut Citizen's Defense League and Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen have, with an assist from the NRA, filed a lawsuit that claims... More »

'Furious' Giffords: Senate Shamed Itself

Background-check bill was not a tough vote, and some kowtowed to gun lobby

(Newser) - It was "political fear" and "cold calculations" that drove a Senate minority to block a gun background-check measure yesterday. But "that fear must be nothing compared to the fear the first graders in Sandy Hook Elementary School felt as their lives ended in a hail of bullets,... More »

Clinton to Dems: Don’t Get Smug on Gun Culture

Warns of political consequences for gun control

(Newser) - Bill Clinton has a message for Democrats who might shrug off gun supporters : “Do not patronize the passionate supporters of your opponents by looking down your nose at them,” he told a gathering of top donors yesterday, according to Politico . “A lot of these people live in... More »

Bloomberg Fighting to Counter Gun Lobby

Lawmakers need to lose fear of NRA, he says

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg has stepped up his calls for tighter gun laws in the wake of last month's Colorado massacre, but to his frustration, not many people seem to be listening—especially not President Obama and Mitt Romney. The argument that gun carnage can be stopped with existing laws—as... More »

Battle Rages Over Code That Could Solve Gun Crimes

Microstamping would imprint numbers on shell casings

(Newser) - One of the toughest tasks police face: IDing the gun used to commit a crime. One way to potentially eliminate much of the problem: microstamping, in which a laser engraves a code on a portion of the gun that, when fired, can then imprint said series of numbers on shell... More »

At GOP Convention, Squirt Guns Banned, Real Guns OK

'New York Times' points out the absurdity of Florida gun laws

(Newser) - The city of Tampa wants to make sure the Republican National Convention goes off without incident, so it has temporarily banned clubs, hatchets, switchblades, pepper spray, slingshots, and even squirt guns from the downtown area this summer. But it hasn't banned actual guns, because it's legally prohibited from... More »

Texas Top Seller of US Guns Traced to Mexico

Washington Post probe reveals leading dealers

(Newser) - More US guns seized in Mexican drug violence come from Texas than any other state—and more come from Houston than any other Texas city, the Washington Post finds after a year-long investigation. The probe isolated the top 12 US dealers of guns traced to Mexico, and uncovered the biggest:... More »

Obama Gun Question Has NRA Crowd Up in Arms

Transition questionnaire item enrages NRA crowd

(Newser) - In its questionnaire for job seekers, the Obama transition team is asking applicants if they own guns, and to provide detailed registration information on any that they do or did, Politico reports. The team says the question is just aimed at ferreting out any potential gun law violations, but gun... More »

NRA Endorses McCain, Despite Differences

Gun lobby has already spent millions attacking Obama

(Newser) - The NRA is endorsing John McCain for president, the group announced today, overlooking differences between the gun-rights lobby and McCain on campaign finance restrictions and gun show rules.The vice president of the NRA, whose political action committee has already spent more than $2.3 million opposing Barack Obama, said... More »

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