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By encouraging consumers to 'round up' the price of high-caliber magazine clips, MidwayUSA – a firearms accessories company – has raised $5.7 million for the National Rifle Association’s lobbying operations since 1992.

A review uncovers symbiotic ties between sellers of high-capacity gun magazines and the NRA, including fund-raising tactics to underwrite lobbying. Read more» 2

Following the mass shooting in Arizona, elected officials have put forth new proposals to curb violence by preventing guns from falling into the wrong hands. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has gone without a permanent director for four years. Read more» 1

The killing spree by an Arizona man accused of wielding a semiautomatic pistol with a high-capacity magazine raises the prospect of a fresh debate on whether the country needs tougher gun controls. Read more»

Todd Lang, executive director of the Arizona CItizens Clean Elections Commission, says his staff doesn’t micromanage campaigns. However, he said the commission is aware of the tension between not wanting to interfere and keeping in mind that candidates are spending public money.

Some of the 107 candidates who received public money to run for the state Legislature this year bought computers, cameras and printers that are theirs to keep and paid relatives as campaign workers and consultants. Expenses included $60 for NRA dues, $650 for mariachis and $229.87 for a “post-debate discussion” with campaign staffers at T.G.I. Friday’s. Read more»

As usual in this election, we’ve focused on what was true or false in the flood of campaign advertising. We kept our opinions to ourselves, and laid out the evidence in as sober and evenhanded a fashion as we could manage. Well, enough of that. We present a look at funny, scary and just plain bizarre campaign ads. Read more»

U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sandy Froman, past president of the National Rifle Association, answer questions at a news conference touting Proposition 109. The measure would constitutionally guarantee the right to hunt and fish in Arizona. Opponents say it would stifle citizen input on laws governing the activities.

A ballot proposition that would establish a constitutional right to hunt and fish in Arizona would prevent radical groups from criminalizing the sports and harming wildlife in the process, Sen. John McCain said Wednesday. Read more»