How the NRA changed politics

CSMONITOR.COM October 11, 2019 –  The National Rifle Association is facing its share of problems. Allegations of corruption and mismanagement have rocked the advocacy group, and in this week’s cover story Simon Montlake profiles the man determined to take it on. America’s gun owners deserve better, the insurgent says.

But the
subtext for Simon’s story – the very reason we wrote the story in the first
place, really – is the remarkable influence that the NRA has wielded in
American politics during the past 25…

Virginia Dems Turn Down Money to Combat Gun Crime to Stick It to ICE

FREE BEACON.COM October 10, 2019 –  Virginia turned down
hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal money used to combat gun crime in
2018, rather than comply with federal immigration authorities, according to
documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

A series of Department of Justice memos show that two anti-gun-crime grants were transferred from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS), which had previously administered the program, in Dec. 2018. The memos say the transfer was necessary after state officials refused to certify that…

OH – GUN POLITICS – Ohio governor decides against ‘red flag’ law, proposes optional private sale background checks

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine won’t ask the Republican-controlled state Legislature for a “red flag” law or mandatory background checks on private gun sales. Those were ideas the GOP governor proposed two months ago, days after a mass shooting in Dayton that left 10 people dead and 27 injured.  Monday, he retreated from those proposals, opting instead for legislation he said lawmakers and Second Amendment advocates might support – or at least not tank immediately. “This is something that we believe can pass, will pass and will make…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Bump Stock’s Ban’s Flop a Ban Open for Democrat’s Gun Buyback Plan

DC – GUN POLITICS – Bump Stock’s Ban’s Flop a Ban Open for
Democrat’s Gun Buyback Plan

The federal government collected fewer than 1,000 bump stocks during the run-up to a new ban in March, despite estimates that hundreds of thousands of the devices that mimic machine gun fire are in circulation, according to federal data provided to The Washington Times by the Justice Department. As the nation marked the second anniversary Oct. 1 of the Las Vegas massacre, which prodded…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Proposal to ban 3D-printed guns is under review in DC

D.C.’s effort to fight gun violence now involves proposed legislation that would ban so-called “ghost guns” that don’t contain enough metal to set off most magnetometers and are untraceable. “When people download and print 3D plastic guns, the firearms have no serial numbers. This makes them untraceable, depriving law enforcement of a crucial tool to solve and combat gun crime,” said Liz Wieser, deputy attorney general for public safety at the D.C. attorney general’s office. Wieser spoke in support of the…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Forewarned is forearmed: Pelosi determined on gun control

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, in brief remarks alongside Rep. Adam Schiff, told reporters that Democrats were bound and determined to pass gun control legislation, regardless of how long it takes, regardless of what else is taking place in the political world, regardless of how many stones Second Amendment supporters throw into the way. Take this as a threat. “We’re not going away until we get legislation signed into law that protects our children,” she said in a brief video posted by The Hill. Her…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Joe Biden’s gun plan calls for universal background checks and an assault weapons ban

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday unveiled his gun violence plan, just hours before a forum in which he and nine other Democratic presidential candidates discussed what they plan to do about the issue. Biden’s plan is not as ambitious as that of other candidates in the race, but it would still amount to the largest changes to America’s gun laws in more than two decades. It includes universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, more resources toward the enforcement of existing…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Senate ‘assault weapons’ ban would outlaw 205 guns, high-capacity magazines

A bill in the Senate would outlaw “assault weapons,” 205 guns, high-capacity magazines holding 11 or more rounds and already-illegal bump stocks. Sponsored by Democrat Diane Feinstein of California, the bill also includes a universal background check requirement for any future transfer of firearms covered by the ban, Breitbart reported. Feinstein cited a 1994-2004 “assault weapons” ban, claiming it resulted in fewer gun deaths, in an attempt to increase the chances the new legislation passes. “The data is clear: there were…

Gun Control Risks Losing Momentum as Impeachment Fever Rises

U.S. NEWS.COM October 2, 2019 –  After back-to-back mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this summer, gun control burst back on the scene as a major political issue for Democrats. Now it risks taking a back seat as impeachment fever overtakes Washington.

Gun
control advocates are determined to prevent that from happening.

Ten White House hopefuls will be in Las Vegas for a forum on gun policy on Wednesday, almost two years to the day after a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival…

NV – GUN POLITICS – Biden releases gun plan

Joe Biden’s campaign on Wednesday outlined a proposal to put new restrictions on gun sales and combat gun violence, packaging a series of ideas that he has spoken about on the campaign trail over the past several months. Biden’s 11-page plan includes support for universal background checks and reinstating the assault weapons ban, which have widespread support from the Democratic presidential field. His proposal calls for a voluntary buyback program of assault weapons, stopping short of candidates and advocates…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Leftist Donors Use Arabella Advisors to Finance Massive Gun Control Push

A massively funded strategy company that operates below the radar to push the interests of wealthy leftist donors quietly helps lead a funding nexus that advocates for gun control policies. The secretive Arabella Advisors is a centralized hub that runs nonprofit arms that in turn have spawned a nexus of hundreds of front organizations outwardly designed to appear grassroots but actually working against ordinary people by expanding government control in the lives of Americans. Arabella’s vast network was unmasked in an extensive…

Supreme Court may be focus of gun control arguments with Congress deadlocked

ERIE NEWS NOW.COM September 30, 2019 – As the country reels from mass shootings over the summer and the political branches bicker over the scope of an individual’s right to keep and bear arms, the Supreme Court will meet behind closed doors this week to consider whether or not to proceed with a case that could impact Second Amendment rights.

The case, currently scheduled for early December, is the first major Second Amendment case the court would hear since the late Justice Antonin…

TX – GUN POLITICS – El Paso Mayor Dee Margo says he won’t support mandatory buyback of assault weapons

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo doubled down Friday on his support of stricter background checks but stopped short of supporting other gun control measures like “red flag” laws and an assault weapons ban. And — unlike his fellow El Pasoan Beto O’Rourke — he said outright that he did not support any kind of mandatory buyback program. The Republican and former state legislator spoke at a Texas Tribune Festival panel alongside Dayton, Ohio, Mayor Nan Whaley, a Democrat. The cities saw deadly mass…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Even with Dems gone impeachment-mad, leading on guns is winner for Trump

With House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic Party now determined to try to impeach President Trump, is there any reason for him to seek common ground with them on any issue? In the current political atmos­phere, the White House might well believe that bipartisanship is for suckers. That’s part of the reason why nothing has come of the president’s reported interest in expanding background checks on gun sales after last month’s mass shootings in El Paso,…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Trump Is Using Impeachment as an Excuse to Not Pass Gun Safety Laws

Not even two weeks ago, Attorney General Bill Barr was on Capitol Hill, talking to Senate Republicans about expanding background checks for gun sales. Over the course of two days, as Congress waited for a sign of how the Trump administration might act on gun reform, Barr briefed Republicans on a draft proposal to require background checks for all commercial gun sales. And though the White House insisted that the document wasn’t Trump-approved, Barr was joined on the Hill by…

Impeachment probe puts federal gun law deal in limbo

CTPOST.COM September 27, 2019 – New federal gun laws may be
an early casualty of the enmity between President Donald Trump and
congressional Democrats who have just launched an impeachment probe of the
president.

Sen.
Chris Murphy, who was trying to negotiate a bill with the White House that
would broaden FBI background checks of gun purchasers, had predicted that his
decision to support a House impeachment inquiry of the president would
minimize, or has even eliminated, the chances of a deal.

But on
Wednesday afternoon, Murphy said White…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Trump’s Pick to Head ATF Is in Jeopardy (Subscription)

The confirmation of President Trump’s pick to head the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is in jeopardy as some Republican senators expressed concern that he would restrict the rights of gun owners, people familiar with the matter said. Chuck Canterbury, the head of the national Fraternal Order of Police, doesn’t have enough Republican support to advance beyond the Senate Judiciary Committee, the people said, and a Thursday vote on his nomination was indefinitely postponed. Failing to…

DC – GUN POLITICS – GOP: Gun Bill ‘Dead’ After Impeachment Inquiry – Do You Agree?

“Gun legislation is dead, at least for the time being, because of the impeachment inquiry,” a Senate staffer told the Free Beacon. “Hard to imagine Trump doing a signing ceremony of anything with Speaker Pelosi at his side, and Democrats are the only ones agitating for gun control.” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham also issued a statement saying Democrats have “destroyed any chance of legislative progress” with their impeachment inquiry. “Their attacks on the president and his agenda are not only partisan…