The NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: Washington’s all-powerful gun man

YAHOO.COM (VIA APF) August 23, 2019 – After
a surge in mass shootings and reports of scandalous spending on his own luxury
needs, Wayne LaPierre’s time as Washington’s preeminent power-broker appeared
to be up.

But with President Donald Trump desperate to win reelection
next year, the National Rifle Association chief worked his magic, convincing
the US leader to further help under-attack gun owners in exchange for their

After two shocking massacres at the beginning of August,
Trump initially promised tougher gun controls, a pledge which quickly melted

FL – NRA – NRA Lobbyist Unloads On Proposed Assault Weapons Amendment

Florida’s top gun lobbyist took a second shot Thursday at a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to prevent the possession and sale of assault weapons. Marion Hammer, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association and Unified Sportsmen of Florida, appeared before state economists for the second time in a week to clarify her opposition to the proposal she claims would result in all rifles and shotguns being outlawed in the state. Hammer, a former president of the national gun-rights…

VA – NRA – More NRA drama: Legal team shaken up as group cuts ties with longtime outside attorney

The National Rifle Association’s outside legal team was reportedly shaken up on Thursday, during what can only be described as a turbulent time for the gun rights lobbying group. Since the spring, the NRA’s president, chief lobbyist and several board members have also parted ways with the organization. In the apparent next phase of a continuing civil war within the NRA, the country’s most powerful gun lobbying organization cut ties with outside attorney Charles Cooper, the New York Times and both Washington Post both reported. Additionally,…

NV – GUN POLITICS – Former Lawmakers Advocate ‘Measured’ Approach In Gun Control Debate

Last week, Las Vegas Sun Publisher Brian Greenspun talked to KNPR’s State of Nevada about a recent editorial he wrote asking casino magnate Sheldon Adelson to support gun control by withholding contributions to Republicans -including President Donald Trump – until they agree to do something about gun violence. Today, former State Senator and current lobbyist Warren Hardy responded to that message.  “The issue I had is that this characterization that seems to be everywhere, nationally, in the state, that Republicans don’t…

Trump to release gun control proposals, including background check updates

President Donald Trump will unveil a series of proposals —
including suggested changes to background checks — in the coming weeks,
according to the White House, following mass shootings in Texas and Ohio.

It remains unclear exactly what Trump will recommend,
though, adding little clarity to the president’s confounding remarks on the
subject in recent weeks. Trump and his aides on Wednesday would only say that
the president will offer ways to close “loopholes” in the background
check system, while declining to reveal any details….

DC – GUN POLITICS – Gun Control Groups Quietly Lobbied for Looser Gun Law in Effort to Undermine SCOTUS Case

Some of the country’s leading gun control groups quietly lobbied earlier this summer for a New York law that loosens restrictions on where legal gun owners can take their firearms in order to undermine a pending Supreme Court case, records show. Everytown for Gun Safety and Giffords both lobbied New York lawmakers on Assembly Bill A07752 and Senate Bill S6151 which allowed law-abiding gun owners to legally transport their firearms to new locations like shooting ranges and competitions, according to New York disclosure records. All but one…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Democrats move on gun control: House due to vote on banning high-capacity magazines

Some House Democrats will return early from the summer recess to advance gun control legislation, including a bill banning large ammunition magazines. The House Judiciary Committee announced a Sept. 4 vote on a group of measures aimed at reducing gun violence. The committee will vote to advance the measure on Sept. 4 and plans a Sept. 25 hearing on banning “military-style assault weapons,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said. Nadler will also hold a Sept. 4 vote on the…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – Democrats Cite MapLight In Brief Calling On Supreme Court To Drop Gun Control Case

Five Democratic senators last week called on the U.S. Supreme Court to drop its review of New York City’s gun control rules, claiming that political spending by the National Rifle Association and anonymous donors has exerted a malign influence on judicial decisions. The case, brought by an NRA state affiliate, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, could stifle national gun control efforts by compromising regulations that require people to keep their guns in their homes. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse,…

DC – GUN POLITICS – President Trump: We Won’t Sacrifice Gun Rights to ‘Slippery Slope’

President Trump suggested Democrats have given up any defense of the Second Amendment and pledged that he will not allow Americans’ gun rights to be swept away on the “slippery slope” of gun control. Trump made the comments while speaking to reporters in the Oval Office on Tuesday. He said, “We have very, very strong background checks right now. But we have, sort of, missing areas and areas that don’t complete the whole circle. And we’re looking at different…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Republicans start to sour on gun control laws after Trump’s reversal

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson is casting major doubt on the prospects of significant gun regulations passing this fall, the latest sign that the effort to pass new firearm laws is starting to falter. The Wisconsin Republican said that a background checks measure based on the bill written by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and a national “red flag” bill are both unlikely to pass. He was open to GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham’s bill that…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Trump Goes Dark on Gun Control After Pledging Background Checks ‘Like We’ve Never Had Before’

It’s been roughly half a month since dual mass shootings in Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, forced the president, his administration, and Capitol Hill lawmakers into yet another debate about gun control. And in those short weeks, Donald Trump has already started to pump the brakes on his support for background checks legislation the likes of which, he said, “we’ve never had before.” “He’s started to move on,” a White House official conceded, adding that they haven’t heard the president…

DC – GUN POLITICS – Democratic leaders assail Trump’s apparent reversal on background checks

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi are lamenting President Donald Trump’s apparent about-face on enhanced backgrounds for firearm sales, with Schumer calling the move “not only disappointing but also heartbreaking.” Trump told reporters this weekend he will look “very strongly” at ideas from both Democrats and Republicans but said to remember that “we already have a lot of background checks.” Those remarks followed Trump’s Aug. 7 claim that “we can bring up background checks like we’ve never had before.” In…

FL – GUN POLITICS – Florida Alert! “Assault Weapons” Ban Amendment Bans ALL SEMIAUTOMATIC RIFLES AND SHOTGUNS

The so-called “assault weapons” ban that is proposed for a constitutional amendment to be on the 2020 Election Ballot bans the possession of: “any semiautomatic rifle or shotgun CAPABLE of holding more than ten (10) rounds of ammunition at once, either in a fixed or detachable magazine or other ammunition feeding device.” The fact is, any rifle or shotgun that is “capable” of accepting or using, a detachable magazine that holds 10 rounds or less is also “capable” of accepting a magazine or…

NAT’L – GUN POLITICS – The supreme court’s pro-gun radicalism puts us all in the crosshairs

After 51 Muslim worshipers were gunned down in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country’s parliament swiftly moved to ban military-style semiautomatic weapons, assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, and then introduced an ambitious buy-back program. Now Joe Biden has announced that as president he would do what few political leaders have dared to consider – permanently reinstate the ban on assault-style weapons that was in place across the nation from 1994 until 2004. Whether Biden – or any president – could…

VA – GUN POLITICS – No, Joe, Your Gun Ban Didn’t Work.”

Joe Biden has been out on the primary campaign trail working hard. Maybe a little too hard. “We got to let them know who we are,” he recently told a crowd of supporters at the Iowa State Fair. Perhaps the most accurate of the qualities he used to describe himself and his fellow travelers was “We choose truth over facts!” That much we know, Joe. And while Biden’s statement may sound like an amusing gaffe, the truth that matters to many…

DC – GUN POLITICS – It sounds as if Trump has no intention of pushing for gun-control laws

We’ve reached an inflection point on the gun debate, with Republicans openly talking about passing laws to limit people’s access. That doesn’t mean that will happen. There’s only one person who can push the party to support gun-control laws, and it’s President Trump.

And as the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, fade into the background, it seems as if Trump has little appetite for taking on such a heavy lift, and every intention of resuming his position in line…

NH – GUN POLITICS – The Latest: Trump focuses on mental illness, not gun control

President Donald Trump says that in the wake of two mass shootings in Ohio and Texas this month that he wants to focus on mental illness to prevent mass gun violence, not gun control. Trump told supporters at a rally in New Hampshire that he wants to re-open mental institutions across the country, but did not provide details on his proposal. He said: “We will be taking mentally deranged and dangerous people off of the streets so we won’t…

Should SC police seize guns based on threats, but no crime? Trump, Graham say ‘yes’ (VIDEO)

THE STATE.COM August 15, 2019 –  South Carolina’s
Republican U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham says the best way to curb mass shootings is
for states to identify people who pose a threat to themselves or others and
keep guns out of their hands.

Donald Trump has endorsed the idea.

But will
South Carolina’s Legislature, controlled by Republicans, agree?

doesn’t appear likely.

Republicans seem to have little appetite to pass so-called “red flag”
legislation, which supporters say would give states and communities tools to intervene
when a person is deemed an…