Trump Asks Judge Not to Block Access to 3-D Gun Instructions

BLOOMBERG.COM August 15, 2018 – The Trump administration on Wednesday urged a federal judge not to stand in the way of public access to blueprints for making guns using 3-D printers. Arguing there’s no legal basis for the State Department to block availability of the instructions on the internet, and no need for such regulation, the government’s position would allow people to make plastic guns at home, bypassing stores and rules and background checks. 

Nat’l – Politics – Gun safety advocates set their sights on elected office

LEDGER-INQUIRER.COM August 10, 2018 – A gun safety advocacy group that began in 2012 after 20 young children were shot down in their classrooms has grown since then and is increasingly focusing on getting its members into elected office. More than a thousand volunteer leaders from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America gathered Friday at an Atlanta hotel for a two-day conference called Gun Sense University. The kickoff event included big-name supporters, like actress Julianne Moore and…

The Democratic Party’s New Litmus Test: Gun Control

WALL STREET JOURNAL (Subscription) August 10, 2018 – During her 2010 U.S. House campaign, Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick of Arizona highlighted her “A” rating from the National Rifle Association. She opposed gun-control measures and regaled constituents in her largely rural district with stories of hunting with her father. In 2018, Ms. Kirkpatrick is running to return to the House espousing a gun-control platform that is among the country’s most aggressive. She is for universal background checks and a ban on…

Nat’l – Politics – Backing Kavanaugh for SCOTUS: NRA Launches Million Dollar Campaign for Trump’s Nominee

TOWNHALL.COM August 8, 2018 – The National Rifle Association has launched a million dollar advertising campaign urging voters to call their senators on Capitol Hill and demand they confirm Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. “The NRA strongly supports Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court because he will protect our constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris Cox. “It’s critical that all pro-Second Amendment voters urge their senators to confirm Judge Kavanaugh.” …

Gun activists put up a ‘hurdle’ on Scott’s path to re-election

VT DIGGER. ORG August 8, 2018 – In recent weeks, Ed Cutler has registered about 40 voters for the upcoming primary. He is working to galvanize members of his organization, Gun Owners of Vermont, to defeat Republican Gov. Phil Scott in the primary election Aug. 14 because of his enactment of new firearms restrictions in April. The group also wants to vote out lawmakers who championed gun control measures. 

NY – Politics – In Targeting NRA, Andrew Cuomo Focuses on Political Nemesis, Not Public Safety

THE DAILY SIGNAL.COM August 6, 2018 – Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has been in a protracted battle with the National Rifle Association. Now he’s using a state agency to hound the pro-Second Amendment organization with costly regulatory threats, as well as to convince financial institutions not to do business with the NRA. The NRA filed a lawsuit against Cuomo and the New York State Department of Financial Services, saying, according to NPR, that the state officials are trying to “deprive the…

NY – NRA – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Sounds Off About The NRA’s Lawsuit Against Him

TOWNHALL.COM August 5, 2018 – After receiving notice that the National Rifle Association (NRA) filed a collective lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), New York State’s Superintendent of Financial Services Maria T. Vullo and the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), Cuomo decided to sound off on the lawsuit. During an interview, Cuomo also said the NRA’s Carry Guard was an “illegal product” that they were selling and pushing. “This Carry Guard insurance policy is illegal….

CT – Politics – Gun rights group pulls Hatfield endorsement over ‘ghost guns’ stance

FOX 61.COM August 5, 2018 – The debate over so-called ‘ghost guns’ has cost a candidate for state Attorney General the endorsement of the state’s largest gun rights group. The Connecticut Citizens Defense League (CCDL) had previously endorsed Republican Susan Hatfield in the primary race. Hatfield is the GOP-endorsed candidate who will face former State Representative John Shaban in an August 14th primary. 

Here’s what Missouri Influencers have to say about gun control and gun rights

KANSAS CITY STAR.COM July 30, 2018 – The Star asked the Missouri Influencer panel to respond to two questions about gun control and gun rights. • What’s the most important change that should be made in Missouri gun laws, and why? Kay Barnes, former mayor of Kansas City, senior director for university engagement at Park University: “An appropriate place to start is banning the sales of assault-type rifles.” • On a polarizing issue like gun control, can lawmakers find…

FL – Politics – The NRA thanked this liberal Democrat for voting ‘no’ on Parkland gun bill. He smells a rat.

TAMPA BAY TIMES July 27, 2018 – On March 5, Sen. Gary Farmer, along with 17 of his colleagues, voted ‘no’ on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which included modest restrictions on gun purchases. Nearly four months later, Farmer, D-Fort Lauderdale, got a letter from longtime Florida National Rifle Association lobbyist Marion Hammer thanking him for his vote. But Farmer said the NRA had another motive in sending the letter: to boost his 2018 Democratic primary opponent,…

No Longer Gun Shy: Young voters concerned about gun deaths are registering to vote in record numbers.

U.S.NEWS & WORLD REPORT July 27, 2018 – Candidates used to be able to rely on two axioms: young people don’t vote, and gun control is not a winning issue for Democrats in competitive races. But a surge of political activism among youth – combined with student demands for more gun safety laws – has thrown both presumptions out the window. What’s behind the agitation for tighter gun laws? It’s young people, who are criss-crossing the country to call attention…

DC – Politics – Senate Democrats probe NRA donors’ contacts with Russians in Moscow (VIDEO)

ABC NEWS.GO.COM July 26, 2018 – Senate Democrats are pushing for information about a 2015 meeting in Moscow between top NRA donors and a number of Russian nationals who have since fallen under scrutiny from law enforcement. A group of former NRA presidents, board members and major donors traveled to Moscow that year on a trip seemingly sponsored by “Right to Bear Arms,” the Russian gun-rights group co-founded by Maria Butina, who was recently arrested and charged as a covert agent…

MO – Politics – In Missouri, a candidate for U.S. Senate is giving away a machine that makes guns

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH July 25, 2018 – Nearly a year after he was temporarily booted by Facebook for raffling off an AR-15 rifle, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate is giving away a machine capable of printing parts for a similar firearm. 

FL – Politics – Matt Caldwell says Facebook blocked his ad on guns, NRA endorsement

TAMPA BAY TIMES July 25, 2018 – The saga of Facebook’s new regulation of political ads continues, as Tuesday a prominent candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture claimed his ad was wrongly rejected by the social media giant. Update: As of Tuesday at about 8:30 p.m., the ad was approved by Facebook. A spokesperson for the website sent an emailed statement: “We review millions of ads each week and sometimes we make mistakes. We have overturned the incorrect decision and the ads are…

Nat’l – Politics – Gun News of the Week: It’s Summertime Campaign Season and the ‘Do Something’ Legislating Is Easy

OUTDOOR LIFE.COM July 23, 2018 – It’s the summer before mid-term elections and that means Congressional candidates who are not girding for primary challenges are gearing up for November’s general elections. And you know what that means: Lots of show-and-tell proposed legislation from incumbents introduced during gaudy press that have absolutely no chance of passing but that’s not important. 

DC – Politics – Schumer: ‘Sounding an Alarm’ on ‘Scary,’ ‘Dangerous’ 3D Guns

REASON.COM July 23, 3028 – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–N.Y.) is “sounding an alarm” about the proliferation of blueprints for 3D-printed ghost guns, declaring that America is going to “get a lot less safe.” Schumer’s comments came almost two weeks after news broke that the Justice Department had reached a settlement with Cody Wilson, a guns rights activist who created of the first ever 3D-printed gun. 

Prosecutors: Butina gained access to U.S. officials through Erickson’s ‘extensive network’

USA TODAY July 20, 2018 – Maria Butina, 29, hatched a plan with the help of a South Dakota man who has been identified as Paul Erickson to influence a major political party and gun rights organization and to create a back channel between U.S. officials and the Kremlin, according to court documents. An arrest affidavit prepared by the FBI identifies the political party as “Political Party 1” and the gun organization as “Gun Rights Organization” and does not…

Nat’l – Politics – The NRA Has Deep Ties to Accused Russian Spy Maria Butina

MOTHER JONES.COM July 19, 2018 – For decades, the National Rifle Association has promoted its hardline politics with appeals to patriotism, freedom, and the staunch defense of the Second Amendment. But now, the controversial gun lobbying group finds itself deeply caught up in a wide-ranging effort to sabotage American democracy by an enemy foreign power. Federal prosecutors unsealed charges this week against 29-year-old Russian national Maria Butina, a self-styled gun activist with long-running ties to the NRA who worked for Alexander…