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Why Conn. Assault Weapon Owners May Now Be Felons

Tens of thousands haven't registered

(Newser) - The vast majority of assault weapon owners in Connecticut appear to have totally ignored the state's new law requiring them to register the guns. Police received 47,916 permit applications by the Dec, 31 deadline, reports Dan Haar at the Hartford Courant , which sounds like a lot—until you... More »

Bloomberg: Assault Weapons Ban Not DOA

As Wayne LaPierre calls mayor 'reckless,' 'insane'

(Newser) - Michael Bloomberg was today busily putting his mouth where his money will be tomorrow, Politico reports, when he kicks off a $12 million ad blitz targeting 13 senators considered vulnerable on gun control. Appearing on Meet the Press, the New York City mayor said "we are going to win"... More »

Assault Weapons Ban Doomed

Feinstein's measure won't be included in legislation before Senate

(Newser) - Harry Reid has delivered the expected death blow to a ban on assault weapons, telling Dianne Feinstein that her proposal won't be included in the final package that goes up for a Senate vote. Feinstein will offer it as an amendment instead, but it stands no chance of getting... More »

Senate Gun Bill May Not Touch Assault Weapons

But Reid camp looking to get measure to floor next month

(Newser) - Senate Democrats are hoping to put a gun control bill on the floor by next month—but it's not likely to include the assault-weapon ban President Obama has urged, a Harry Reid aide tells the Wall Street Journal . Outside of that, however, it would cover most of the measures... More »

NRA: We'll Fight Universal Background Checks

Assault-weapons ban odds: 'very, very small'

(Newser) - The NRA plans to oppose mandatory background checks on all gun purchases, its president tells USA Today yesterday, rejecting one of the most popular proposals on gun control: the closure of loopholes allowing gun-show purchases without background checks. If the measure, which polls with 85% support, can't get through,... More »

Ex Aussie PM: We Banned Assault Weapons, So Can US

John Howard discusses how Australia did it, and the results

(Newser) - In the New York Times today, John Howard details how he, as then-prime minister of Australia, got an assault weapons ban passed after a massacre in which 35 people were killed with semiautomatic weapons. He doesn't want to "lecture" America on the matter, he writes, and acknowledges there... More »

So What Is an Assault Weapon?

With many Dems ambivalent, gun control faces big obstacles

(Newser) - A key part of President's Obama's gun control agenda is a ban on assault weapons, but both sides of the gun debate can't even agree on what is an assault weapon, much less whether to ban them, reports the New York Times . Gun control proponents generally use... More »

Powell Blasts GOP's 'Dark Vein of Intolerance'

Former general says GOP needs to take a look at its relationship with minorities

(Newser) - If you wanted to know Colin Powell's thoughts on just about anything, today was your day: Appearing on Meet the Press, the former secretary of state covered topics ranging from gun control to torture, but seemed to take particular issue with his own Republican party, saying that while he'... More »

NRA Honcho: Assault Weapons Ban Won't Pass

Joe Manchin calls for comprehensive approach

(Newser) - There's no way gun control advocates have the votes to get an assault weapons ban through Congress, NRA President David Keene told CNN today. "I would say that the likelihood is that they're not going to be able to get an assault weapons ban through this Congress,... More »

Cuomo Moves to Beef Up NY Gun Laws

Governor expected to unveil tough new measures today

(Newser) - New York's Democrat governor is aiming to make some of the country's toughest gun laws even tougher. In his State of the State address today, Andrew Cuomo is expected to outline gun control plans including new restrictions on assault weapons, lower limits on the capacity of magazines, and... More »

Gregory Could Face Prison Term Over Magazine

Washington, DC, police denied NBC request to display magazine

(Newser) - NBC asked if David Gregory could hold a high-capacity magazine on Meet the Press Sunday, and police said no—but Gregory did it anyway, according to a police email. "NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazines is not permissible and their request was denied," reads... More »

Obama Promises Gun Action 'Without Delay'

Names Biden to head task force

(Newser) - President Obama took a big public step on gun control today, telling a press conference that he would act on gun control "without delay." As expected , Obama announced that Joe Biden would head up a group to explore ways to reduce gun violence, but this won't be... More »

Biden Will Lead Charge on Gun Control

Obama calls meeting of Cabinet to seek 'broader approach'

(Newser) - President Obama has taken his first steps to reducing gun violence, charging his Cabinet in a meeting yesterday with formulating proposals toward that end, and tapping longtime gun-control advocate Joe Biden to lead the effort, sources tell the Washington Post , adding that an assault rifle ban is definitely on the... More »

Feinstein: I'm Bringing Assault Weapon Ban to Senate

Gun control dominates the day in wake of Newtown shootings

(Newser) - Gun control has roared back into the national debate, and the issue took over today's political talk shows in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, though David Gregory noted that all 31 pro-gun rights members of the incoming Senate declined his invitation to appear on Meet the Press.... More »

The One Debate We Won't Hear: Gun Control

Obama, Romney want to avoid this hot potato: Gail Collins

(Newser) - Benghazi? Check. Unemployment? Check. Health care? Well, of course. Yet despite the 43 multiple shootings in America over the last year, Mitt Romney and President Obama simply aren't debating gun control in the 2012 election, writes Gail Collins at the New York Times . She gives "a cheer" for... More »

Obama: AK-47s Are for Soldiers, Not Crooks

President delves deeper into issue after 'Dark Knight' massacre

(Newser) - In the wake of the Aurora shootings , President Obama yesterday went further into the issue of gun control than he ever has, Politico reports. Speaking in New Orleans, Obama promised there would be a national conversation on the issue. Specifically, he declared support for background checks on gun buyers and... More »

Romney: New Gun Laws Wouldn't Matter

But he backed assault weapons ban as governor

(Newser) - Here's Mitt Romney's assessment of the Dark Knight massacre that claimed 12 lives: Different gun laws would not have made any difference. Even though the candidate has supported stricter gun controls in the past, he said on CNBC yesterday : "I still believe that the Second Amendment is... More »

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