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Critics: Hunters’ rights is wrong argument for bill allowing silencers

Gun-control advocates blasted a hunters’ rights bill in a House hearing Tuesday, calling it little more than a “cowardly” attempt to ease restrictions on silencers and armor-piercing bullets being pushed by the gun lobby. ... Read more»

Giffords joins Democrats accusing Trump, GOP of pandering to NRA

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords joined House and Senate Democrats on Wednesday to accuse Republicans of pandering to the gun lobby with bills to do away with gun-free school zones and deregulate silencers, among other measures.... Read more»

Giffords to sit with Newtown congresswoman at Obama's address

Gabrielle Giffords will sit with U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty on Tuesday night during President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address. Esty represents a Connecticut district that includes Newtown, site of the 2012 the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 28 people, including 20 children. ... Read more»

Thank goodness that’s over: Campaign ads, cash left voters with ‘election fatigue’

Buffeted by torrents of negative advertising, flummoxed by the lack of transparency about funding for those ads and generally angry with politicians themselves, that “election fatigue” among voters this year was palpable. Just over a third of registered Arizona voters cast ballots this fall.... Read more»

Gun groups locked and loaded for Nov. 4

Less than a month until the election? Welcome to the OK Corral — the shootout’s just beginning. Welcome to the OK Corral — the shootout’s just beginning. Both the National Rifle Association and Americans for Responsible Solutions, the pro-gun control group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, have said they will unleash a fusillade of ads supporting and attacking candidates in some of the tightest contests in the country.... Read more»1

Giffords urges women to lead fight vs. gun violence

Former U. S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords urged women to take up the fight against gun violence Wednesday at a Washington event hosted by her organization Americans for Responsible Solutions. “Dangerous people with guns are a threat to women,” Giffords said carefully. “That makes gun violence a women’s issue. For mothers, for families, for me and you.”... Read more»1

Giffords brings D.C. crowd to its feet with vow she’s ‘getting better’

Gabrielle Giffords was back in Washington to present an award named in her honor to a "rising star" of Democratic politics. Arizona lawmakers at the event called Giffords "without question, our hero." ... Read more»

Super PAC leaders score perks from political donations

The People’s Majority super PAC advertises itself with lofty goals. “We are the only super PAC dedicated to the research, development and enhancement of motivating conservatives to the polls,” it proclaims on its website. “No dinners, no pictures with VIPs, no shirts or yard signs here. People's Majority uses every penny of your contribution to identify and motivate low-turnout voters on Election Day.” Well, not every penny. ... Read more»

Giffords' gun group to return Midler foundation donation

Donations from nonprofits to Americans for Responsible Solutions — including a $10,000 contribution from Bette Midler's family foundation — will be returned because the donors violated tax laws, the gun-control group founded by Gabrielle Giffords said.... Read more»

Gun lobby's money and power still holds sway over Congress

The power of the gun lobby is rooted in multiple factors, among them the pure passion of many gun owners, the NRA’s ability to motivate its most fervent members to swarm their representatives, and the lobby’s ability to get out the vote. Lawmakers' fear may not be justified, but recent votes reveal that it still exists.... Read more»

Kelly, Giffords vow to continue gun-control fight

A resolute Mark Kelly vowed Thursday that he and wife Gabrielle Giffords, a gun victim and former congresswoman, will campaign even harder for gun control after the Senate refused to expand background checks for gun sales.... Read more»1

Flake, Giffords part ways on background check bill

Minutes after he shared a stage with former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Tuesday, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he still plans to oppose a bill supported by Giffords that calls for expanded background checks for gun buyers. The pair appeared together as Vice President Biden helped dedicate a room in the Capitol Visitor Center for slain aide Gabe Zimmerman.... Read more»6

Giffords returns to Safeway shooting site, calls for gun checks

Gabby Giffords continued her call for tighter gun controls Wednesday in Tucson, returning to a Northwest Side grocery store to stand on the spot where she was shot a little over two years ago to hold a news conference. "Be bold. Be courageous. Please support background checks," Giffords said. (with full video)... Read more»3

Giffords to Senate: 'Too many children are dying'

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords had a deliberate message for lawmakers Wednesday. "Too many children are dying. We must do something," she told senators, speaking briefly before her husband, Mark Kelly, testified on gun control. (with video)... Read more»4

Guest opinion

U.S. Att'y: Reasonable gun controls recognize rights, obligations

While most American believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual's right to bear arms, they also believe that we all share a responsibility to take all reasonable steps to ensure that guns are used safely and don't fall into the wrong hands. The president's proposals recognize both our right and our obligations.... Read more»