Originally published on Sat April 27, 2013 1:57 pm
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems determined to become the formidable adversary the National Rifle Association has never had.
The billionaire mayor is spending from his personal fortune to help defeat lawmakers who voted against gun control proposals last week and to prop up those who supported the measures.
Bloomberg's first target is a Democratic senator facing a tough fight for re-election in 2014: Mark Pryor of Arkansas.
Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 11:54 am
One argument that some gun rights groups make against expanding background checks is that the federal government isn't doing a good enough job now of enforcing the law already on the books.
They point out that only a tiny fraction of people caught trying to buy a gun illegally are ever prosecuted.
But gun control supporters say that argument totally misses the point of background checks.
Originally published on Mon April 15, 2013 4:38 pm
The Senate was due on Tuesday to take up legislation embodying the bipartisan compromise reached by two senators, West Virginia Democrat Joe Manchin and Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey.
The effort to extend background checks to weapons purchases at gun shows and online received a boost over the weekend when an important gun rights group, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, announced its support for the measure.