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Acting ATF director Todd Jones appears headed for confirmation

The NRA decision to neither fight nor support the nomination clears the way for senators from pro-gun states — Democrats as well as at least some Republicans — to vote for ATF nominee Todd Jones without fear of political repercussions.
Categories: guns, White House

“Fast & Furious” report criticizes ex-U.S. Attorney for leak

The former U.S. attorney in Phoenix who oversaw the controversial “Fast & Furious’’ gun-trafficking investigation inappropriately leaked a document to Fox News in an apparent effort to denigrate an ATF whistleblower, the Justice Department inspector general concluded Monday.

Bipartisan gun bill ready in House should Senate act

Rep. Mike Thompson, a gun-owning Vietnam veteran hand-picked by House minority leader Nancy Pelosi to forge a bipartisan agreement on gun legislation in the House, unveiled a companion background check bill Tuesday that has bipartisan support. That puts pressure on House Republican leaders to bring up gun legislation if it can pass the Senate.The Thompson  

Gun-control foe Cruz has ‘cordial’ phone conversation with daughter of slain Sandy Hook principal, agrees to disagree on gun control

@sentedcruz because she was gunned down in Sandy Hook.I DESERVE TO BE HEARD! — Erica Lafferty (@E_Laffs2) April 9, 2013 Erica Lafferty will be heard. The 27-year-daughter of slain Sandy Hook

Cuomo: Senate gun bill ‘only better than nothing’

ALBANY — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted a compromise that will move a gun control bill through the U.S. Senate, saying Congress will “fundamentally fail to act on a societal scourge” by expanding background checks without reinstating an expired ban on semi-automatic “assault weapons.” “This is a Congress that is captive of the extremists,  

Dianne Feinstein’s assault weapons ban dies in Senate

Senate majority leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., told Sen. Dianne Feinstein Monday night that he would drop her assault weapons ban from the package of gun control legislation he intends to bring to the Senate floor. From the outset of her quest to re-enact a version of her 1994 assault weapons ban in the wake of  

Dianne Feinstein clashes hotly with Ted Cruz: “I am not a sixth-grader”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a 20-year veteran Democrat, clashed fiercely with Tea Party-backed newcomer Ted Cruz of Texas, when the freshman began lecturing the Californian about the Constitution during a debate over Feinstein’s assault weapons ban. The ban passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party line vote. The clash was reminiscent of an exchange Feinstein  

The NRA, unvarnished

The National Rifle Association has more in common with the White House and Congress than you think. Its switchboard has been overwhelmed since the Dec. 14 massacre at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. So much so that the organization’s lobbying arm recorded this very telling greeting for its callers: “Your call is very important to  
Categories: General, gun laws, guns, Newtown, NRA

Newtown witnesses testify powerfully at assault-weapons ban hearing

Continuing coverage of the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Sen. Feinstein’s proposed assault-weapons ban: The crowd at the hearing, boisterous at other times, was utterly hushed as Newtown’s Neil Heslin, father of 6-year-old Newtown victim Jesse Heslin, testified, the father’s grief pouring across the room like a tsunami wave. Most of the Republican members of the  
Categories: gun laws, guns, Newtown

Cornyn, Cruz measured in their wording attacking weapons ban

Continued coverage of the Judiciary Committee’s hearing on Sen. Feinstein’s proposed assault weapons ban: Texas Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, who have been conservative outliers on many issues in the opening days of this Congress, certainly voiced their opposition to an assault-weapons ban, but they showed the political acumen to be much more measured