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UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

NRA group sees backlash over gun auctions in schools

Parents and students trickled into the Muhlenberg County High School gym on a hot Saturday night as the sounds of cheers and a referee’s whistle carried from an athletic field …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Trump says gun negotiations going ‘very slowly’

President Donald Trump on Thursday poured cold water on prospects for a bipartisan compromise on gun legislation, even as Attorney General William Barr circulated a draft plan on Capitol Hill …


Sheldon Whitehouse: The newest political arm

Politics is a team sport. We battle, and our courts are supposed to referee our disputes. But what if one team spent years and millions of dollars to capture the …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019

Gun owners look beyond the NRA for representation

As the National Rifle Association’s troubles pile up, firearms owners are joining forces with an unlikely ally – gun control groups. At the same time, various pro-gun organizations at the …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

Trump: Again open to strengthening gun background checks

President Donald Trump on Wednesday once again backed tighter background checks for gun purchases, but said he wants to be careful that closing what he calls “loopholes” doesn’t clear the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019

NRA splits with PR firm, lobbyist and TV amid infighting

Infighting at the National Rifle Association exploded Wednesday, when the powerful association severed ties with its longtime public relations firm, suspended operations of its fiery online TV station and lost …


Texas lawmakers approve safe gun storage program despite NRA

Lawmakers in gun-loving Texas have quietly gone around the National Rifle Association by slipping language into a massive spending bill that would fund a $1 million public safety campaign on …


UPDATED: Fri., April 26, 2019

Trump tells NRA he’ll fight for gun rights

With pro-gun legislation largely stalled in Congress, President Donald Trump said Friday he is withdrawing the U.S. from an international agreement on the arms trade, telling the National Rifle Association …


UPDATED: Wed., April 24, 2019

NRA beset by infighting over whether it has strayed too far

The National Rifle Association is used to battling forces that criticize its fiery and unbending efforts to protect gun rights. But as the group gathers for its annual convention this …


Gun-rights supporters sue to block I-1639

Spokane gun dealer, others challenge Initiative 1639 in federal court.


Gun control activists marching 50 miles to Smith & Wesson HQ

Gun control advocates, including one of the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and the parents of one of the victims, are marching 50 miles across Massachusetts this week …


Ryan Moore: The NRA is the true gun safety organization

I’m proud to be a life member of the National Rifle Association. The NRA was founded in the 19th century and it’s an organization that is committed to gun safety …


Looking Back: Past opinions provide perspective

The following S-R editorial was published on Dec. 19, 2012, five days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. The mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., has hit home like no …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017

‘Murder insurance’ or protection in self-defense cases?

The National Rifle Association is offering insurance for people who shoot someone, stirring criticism from gun-control advocates who say it could foster more violence and give gun owners a false …


Editorial: Don’t assume ‘bump stocks’ will be banned

The NRA has said that it may be necessary to increase regulations for bump stocks and the like. No, we need a ban. Some members of Congress are trying to …


NRA’s video message to ‘elites’: ‘We’re coming for you’

The election of President Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress meant the National Rifle Association could probably rest easy that gun laws wouldn’t change for at least four years. …


Stu Bykofsky: Calls for gun limits predictable, unrealistic

The majority of Americans don’t own guns, but haven’t yet been able to thwart the NRA and get access to what’s called “sensible gun control.”


Political shift, hospital’s fears hand NRA defeat in Kansas

Kansas lawmakers bucked the National Rifle Association by approving a measure meant to keep concealed guns out of hospitals – a testament to how much the Republican-controlled Legislature shifted to …


Trump tells NRA: ‘You have a true friend’ in White House

President Donald Trump reaffirmed his support for gun rights Friday, telling attendees of a National Rifle Association convention that “the eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 2, 2017

Gun control advocates in Washington see their best chance yet for tougher laws

Gun control advocates make the push for restrictions on semi-automatic weapons, require safes or lock boxes in homes.


Trump to discuss terrorism watch list, no fly ban with NRA

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will be meeting with the National Rifle Association to discuss ways to block people on terrorism watch lists or no …


Terrorist watch list no obstacle to buying weapons, data show

More than 90 percent of known or suspected terrorists who’ve attempted to buy weapons since 2004 have passed a background check and been approved for the purchase, new government statistics …


Trump accepts NRA endorsement despite past views on guns

In December 2012, Donald Trump praised President Barack Obama’s comments about the shooting deaths at a Newtown, Conn., school. Nearly four years later, he accepted the endorsement of the National …


Shawn Vestal: Gun rights advocates take risk by objecting to bill

They’ve got your number, gun grabbers. The gun lobby has again helped undermine a piece of common-sense public safety legislation. The proposal, Washington House Bill 1857, would have allowed judges …


University of Idaho president proposes pay increase, tuition freeze

University of Idaho President Chuck Staben made waves in Boise last week by asking lawmakers to fully fund the 3 percent raises proposed for university employees next year – and …


Shawn Vestal: Maybe cities can take lead on gun violence

Among the many ways in which gun extremists are holding the country hostage is the 18-year blackout on federal funding for research into gun violence. But if Congress can’t take …


Gun background check fight moving to ballot box

OLYMPIA – After struggling to sway both state and federal lawmakers, proponents of expanding background checks for gun sales are now exploring whether they will have more success by taking …


Washington Senate approves schools’ use of NRA gun safety materials

OLYMPIA – A resolution encouraging schools to use a firearms safety program for kids briefly ignited the gun-control debate in the state Senate on Friday. The resolution was in support …


Changes at shooting range aren’t enough, neighbors say

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game on Friday received its seventh grant from the National Rifle Association to continue safety improvements at the Farragut State Park shooting range, as …