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Armed Activists Take Black Lawmaker to Work

Rep. Sarah Anthony says she 'was pleased to receive the type of support'

(Newser) - Talk about an escort: Armed black activists walked a black lawmaker to work Wednesday in Michigan, the Guardian reports. Rep. Sarah Anthony (D-Lansing) was accompanied by six people—some of them armed, one Hispanic—on her trip to the state Capitol building. "Being a black and brown female Democrat... More »

Supreme Court Dismisses Closely Watched Gun Case

Move is a relief to gun control advocates

(Newser) - The Supreme Court sidestepped a major decision on gun rights Monday in a dispute over New York City's former ban on transporting guns, per the AP . The justices threw out a challenge from gun rights groups, ruling that because the city already has rescinded the controversial law in question,... More »

LA County Sheriff Drops Effort to Close Gun Stores

Villanueva ordered shutdown last week

(Newser) - Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, who was sued by gun-rights groups after trying to shut down firearms dealers in the wake of coronavirus concerns, said Monday that he is abandoning the effort. The sheriff said he's heeding a federal Department of Homeland Security advisory issued on Saturday that... More »

Dad of Parkland Shooting Victim Booted From SOTU

After 'rough night,' Fred Guttenberg apologizes for shouting out

(Newser) - President Trump spoke on gun rights at his Tuesday State of the Union address , vowing to "always protect your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms." At least one person in the crowd didn't appreciate his remarks and very vocally made that known: That would be... More »

Big Richmond Gun Rally Sees Just 1 Arrest

Richmond's pro-gun rally draws 22K

(Newser) - Fears of a violent clash in Richmond, Virginia, over gun rights never materialized on Monday. The two big numbers: 22,000 pro-gun protesters and only one arrest, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . The single arrest was that of a 21-year-old woman for wearing a mask in public, per the newspaper and... More »

Pro-Gun Rally Brings Thousands to Richmond

Large protest underway in Virginia

(Newser) - Gun-rights supporters gathered en masse at Virginia's state Capitol in Richmond Monday, and things have been peaceful in the early going. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of the march, which is taking place amid a heavy police presence and temperatures in the 20s. "... More »

Va. Preps for Gun Rally With 'Enormous Potential to Go Bad'

Capitol Square gun rights demonstration expected Monday in Richmond

(Newser) - Law enforcement agencies in Virginia are planning a "strong presence" Monday as gun rights advocates are set to converge upon the state's capital of Richmond to protest proposed gun control measures. The rally is happening amid a governor-issued state of emergency barring weapons from Capitol grounds through Tuesday... More »

With Virginia Facing Huge Gun Rally, Trump Tweets

Organizers call for tens of thousands to carry guns into Richmond on Monday

(Newser) - Tensions are rising over a pro-gun-rights rally scheduled for Monday at the Virginia State Capitol, Reuters reports. The rally's organizers, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, are urging 10,000 people to attend without guns in compliance with an emergency ban imposed by Gov. Ralph Northam last week; they're... More »

After Big Dem Wins, State's Gun Advocates Seek 'Sanctuary'

Virginia's Roanoke County just declared itself '2nd Amendment Sanctuary'; Roanoke the city declined

(Newser) - Officials of a Virginia city have rebuffed pleas by gun advocates asking it to declare the city a so-called "Second Amendment Sanctuary." Roanoke Mayor Sherman Lea on Monday announced at a packed City Council meeting that he sees no benefit in validating what the US Constitution already guarantees,... More »

Supreme Court Hears First Big Gun-Rights Case in Nearly a Decade

It could lead to major expansion of gun rights

(Newser) - The last time the Supreme Court heard a gun case this big, Donald Trump was the host of The Apprentice—and not that many people had heard of Sandy Hook, Conn. The court, which now has a 5-4 conservative majority, is set to hear New York State Rifle & Pistol... More »

O'Rourke's Plan to 'Take Your AR-15' Raises Questions

Americans own an estimated 16 million AR-15s and AK-47s

(Newser) - Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's recent vow to take away people's AR-15 and AK-47 rifles raised one big question: How is it possible to round up the millions of such guns that exist in the United States? The number of AR-15 and AK-47s in the US is... More »

Red-Flag Gun Laws Are Gaining Momentum

It's still early, but studies say they do help

(Newser) - With bipartisan support in many cases, 17 states and Washington, DC, have now passed "red flag laws" that allow the court-ordered removal of guns from people who are considered to be dangerous. The back-to-back shootings that killed 31 people this month in Texas and Ohio have given new momentum... More »

Oliver North: I'm Not Coming Back

The NRA's president says he won't seek a second term

(Newser) - Retired Lt. Col. Oliver North said Saturday that he will not serve a second term as the president of the National Rifle Association amid inner turmoil in the gun-rights group, the AP reports. In a statement read to members of the group Saturday, North said he believes a committee should... More »

Judge Cites Home Invasion in Ruling on Ammo Ban

Federal judge rules on high-capacity ammunition

(Newser) - High-capacity gun magazines will remain legal in California under a ruling Friday by a federal judge who cited home invasions where a woman used the extra bullets in her weapon to kill an attacker while in two other cases women without additional ammunition ran out of bullets, the AP reports.... More »

Supreme Court Says No on Bump Stocks

The high court refuses to impede the bump-stock ban

(Newser) - The Supreme Court is so far declining to stop the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on bump stock devices, which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like machine guns, the AP reports. The ban took effect Tuesday. The administration is in the unusual position of arguing against gun rights groups.... More »

3-D Printed Guns Will Soon Be Legal

The US government has settled with a group suing for the right to distribute plans online

(Newser) - The US government has recently settled a case and it's a win for gun rights advocates who want Americans to be able to print plastic firearms in their own homes. Per CNN , a case filed by a man named Cody Wilson in 2013 sought to secure his right to... More »

GOP Candidate: I Had to Shoot My 'Insane' Mom

Pro-gun Arizona Senate candidate Bobby Wilson shared the story

(Newser) - A Republican Arizona state Senate candidate has shocked gun control advocates by sharing details about shooting and killing his mother in apparent self-defense more than 50 years ago. Bobby Wilson, who is running to represent a southern Arizona district, tells the AP that he's not trying to hide anything.... More »

Hits Great, Misses Dull in Who Is America?

Reviewers split on Sacha Baron Cohen's latest

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen is back—and Sarah Palin wasn't the only person he was able to dupe in new series Who Is America?, which debuted on Showtime on Sunday night. In the first of seven episodes, the British comedian of Borat fame meets assorted Americans while posing as conspiracy-obsessed... More »

Contender for Kansas Governor Blasts 'Snowflake Meltdown'

After Kris Kobach appeared in a parade with a machine gun replica on his Jeep

(Newser) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the outrage over his appearance in a parade atop a Jeep with a giant replica of a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on the back is "the left trying to attack guns" and the Second Amendment, the AP reports. A pastor who was... More »

Governor Angers Libs, Conservatives in Single Day

Mary Fallin vetoed one bill and signed another

(Newser) - With two swoops of a pen, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin managed to enrage liberals and conservatives on the same day. First off, the Republican signed a bill allowing faith-based groups to deny adoption placement to anyone who defies their beliefs, the Washington Post reports. Gay rights advocates say this will... More »

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