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Has Lobbying Derailed the DISCLOSE Act?

By | 06.03.10 | 6:00 am

As House Democratic leaders raced to round up votes before the Memorial Day recess for a pivotal economic aid bill, trimming it by more than $70 billion to avoid a revolt by members of the conservative Blue Dog Coalition, the party made another concession on its agenda to far More…

Mexican President Calls for U.S. to Reinstall Assault Weapons Ban

By | 05.20.10 | 12:57 pm

Roll Call reports:

Mexican President Felipe Calderon called for the reinstatement of a ban on the sale of assault weapons in the U.S. while reiterating his opposition to a controversial Arizona immigration law during an address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday.

Calderon, citing his administration’s


Bucking NRA, Gun Owners Speak Out in Support of Barring Suspected Terrorists From Buying Guns

By | 05.17.10 | 11:24 am

Last Friday, the National Rifle Association held its annual gathering in Charlotte, N.C., where ThinkProgress asked a number of participants whether the Second Amendment should extend to folks currently on the country’s terrorist watch list. (Under current law, it does.) The responses are a clear indication More…

Poll: Most Americans Oppose Open Carry of Firearms

By | 05.12.10 | 10:51 am

More than half the country opposes allowing people to carry loaded firearms in public places, according to a poll released today by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Leaders of the gun reform group say that the findings offer a terse warning to lawmakers who, facing pressure from the More…

Gun Victims Take on Lawmakers Over Failure to Close Gun Show Loophole

By | 04.19.10 | 2:21 pm

There were calls to close it in the wake of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, and there were more calls to close it in 2007, following the shooting massacre at Virginia Tech. But so far, Congress has done nothing to address the gun show loophole, More…

Obama Puts Weight Behind DC Vote Bill

By | 04.16.10 | 2:51 pm

For the first time, President Obama today threw his support behind the marathon push to grant the residents of the nation’s capitol a voting representative in Congress. From the White House statement:

Americans from all walks of life are gathering in Washington today to remind members of Congress


Pentagon Shooter Exploited Gun-Show Loophole

By | 03.15.10 | 4:00 pm

John Patrick Bedell, who shot and wounded two police officers near the Pentagon earlier this month, bought at least one of his 9 mm guns at a Nevada gun show, The Associated Press reported yesterday.

Law enforcement officials say Bedell, a man with a history of


GOP Readies Push to Loosen Gun Laws

By | 02.04.10 | 11:26 am

One in five Americans is either jobless or underemployed, and one in six is without health insurance. What’s the GOP’s response? Gun amendments.

Senate Republicans, led by Sen. Tom Coburn (Okla.), are readying a number of gun-friendly amendments they intend to offer this year on must-pass appropriations bills, Roll Call’s More…

Running Out of Time on the DC-Vote Bill

By | 01.12.10 | 1:17 pm

For supporters of the bill to grant Washington, D.C., a voting representative in Congress, it may be 2010 or never. At least that’s the warning coming from former Rep. Tom Davis, the Virginia Republican who championed the D.C.-vote bill for years — to no avail.

You might remember that the More…

Taking on the Gun Show Loophole

By | 10.09.09 | 12:28 pm

Roughly two-thirds of unlicensed gun show dealers sold weapons to undercover investigators even after those investigators told dealers that they probably wouldn’t pass a background check, according to a report released this week by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The sellers are exploiting an enormous More…