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Fort Hood shooting sparks debate on concealed guns

Two separate rampage shootings within five years at Killeen’s Fort Hood Army base have sparked renewed discussion over whether those on military bases in Texas should be able to carry concealed handguns.
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Bloomberg on guns: It's war!

Now a private citizen, former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will spend $50 million on gun control this year.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Allow trained school staff to store guns on campus

A state lawmaker says giving trained schoolteachers and staff access to firearms in storage lockers is a way to secure campuses when it isn’t possible to provide resource officers. His bill to allow that has won committee approval and is awaiting action by the full House.... Read more»2

Brief: White House seeks tighter background checks to keep guns from mentally ill

The Obama administration is proposing regulatory changes to clarify who is prohibited from owning a gun for mental health reasons and to tighten background checks. In the meantime, lawmakers consider increasing mental health funding after the Sandy Hook massacre.... Read more»

Commentary

Shining a light on ALEC's power to shape policy

It’s amazing how a little sunlight will change the behavior of some of the biggest names in corporate America — sunlight here meaning greater transparency and accountability. The American Legislative Exchange Council’s behind-the-scenes influence peddling should be getting more attention from the Washington press corps.... Read more»

Whoppers of 2013

It’s that time of year again when we look back — perhaps not so fondly — on the most noteworthy nonsense from the past 12 months. The year after a presidential election was certainly no letdown from a fact-checking perspective. In 2013, we uncovered falsehoods to fairy tales about immigration, gun control, the IRS, Benghazi and — no surprise here — the Affordable Care Act.... Read more»

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

Guns or funds? Districts debate what it will take to make kids safer, and schools and state governments have feverishly searched for ways to protect their students. State legislators introduced hundreds of pieces of legislation on school safety. Many called for arming more security guards or, like a law passed in Texas, for arming teachers.... Read more»

Pro-gun group dramatically ups influence spending

Key opponents of gun control and proponents of immigration reform invested unprecedented amounts lobbying Congress this spring, bucking a downward trend among many of the nation’s largest companies and nonprofits,newly released records show.... Read more»

Illinois ends long-time ban on concealed weapons

Lawmakers override governor’s veto to permit Illinois citizens to carry concealed weapons, making it the last state in the nation to permit the practice.... Read more»

Now, you can't ban guns at the public pool

If you feel unsafe at a public pool in Charleston, W.Va., you may soon have the right to lie there on a towel with a handgun at your side. For 20 years, Charleston has been an island of modest gun restrictions in a very pro-gun rights state. But its gun laws — including a ban on guns in city parks, pools and recreation centers — are now likely to be rolled back, the latest victory in a long-standing push to deny cities the power to regulate guns.... Read more»

Factchecking Flake on background checks

An ad from Mayor’s Against Illegal Guns accuses Sen. Jeff Flake of breaking a promise to strengthen background checks because he voted against a bill that would have expanded background checks. But Flake did not promise to expand background checks, and he voted in favor of a bill that he argues (though others contest) would have strengthened the system.... Read more»1

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Curbing the gun violence epidemic

Sarah Garrecht Gassen, editorial writer for the Arizona Daily Star, filled in for Bill, kicking off the show with retiring Flowing Wells Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Clement. Then, Pat Maisch and Nancy Bowman wrapped up the show with a conversation on gun control.... Read more»

Kansas gov. insists it's OK to ignore federal gun laws

As we detailed earlier this month, dozens of states are considering bills that attempt to nullify federal gun laws. One such bill became a law last month in Kansas. It exempts “Made in Kansas” guns from federal regulation and makes it a crime for federal agents to enforce federal law. ... Read more»

Nullification

How states are making it a felony to enforce federal gun laws

Kansas’ “Second Amendment Protection Act” backs up its states’ rights claims with a penalty aimed at federal agents: when dealing with “Made in Kansas” guns, any attempt to enforce federal law is now a felony. Bills similar to Kansas’ law have been introduced in at least 37 other states — including Arizona.... 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»

Poll: Flake among least-favorite senators after gun-bill vote

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake’s vote against expanded background checks on gun sales earlier this month caused his approval ratings to drop, making him one of the “most unpopular” senators in the country, a new poll says.... Read more»7

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