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New gun-control fight brewing in the Senate

July 9, 2014
Ed O'Keefe | The Washington Post
Fifteen months since gun legislation stalled on Capitol Hill, the Senate is on the verge of a new fight over whether to expand gun rights, an unanticipated development at a moment of already high tension in the fractured chamber.
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Chicago grapples with how to curb gun violence after deadly weekend

July 8, 2014
In Chicago, about a dozen people were killed and up to 80 people were in injured in shootings during the city's most violent weekend of the year thus far. The city has made some progress in reducing the number of murders, but it’s still struggling to control gun violence. Gwen Ifill learns more from Paris Schutz of WTTW.
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Obama Laments Lack of Public "Passion" for Gun Control

June 11, 2014
Alexis Simendinger | Real Clear Politics
President Obama said the public’s “passion” and fury are missing when it comes to failed efforts to enact new gun controls and background checks in response to mass shootings. He called it his “biggest frustration” as president, and he asked the public to do some soul-searching about America’s deadly trend. Obama also conceded that his own push for restrictions last year, with Vice President Biden spearheading the effort, fell flat in Congress.
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Supreme Court Declines to Consider Gun-Rights Case

May 6, 2014
Pete Williams | NBC News
The Supreme Court declined again Monday to take up a hotly contested issue of gun rights that has divided the nation's federal and state courts.
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California Democrats will push background checks for ammunition

January 10, 2014
Reid Wilson | The Washington Post
Following passage last year of some of the strongest gun-control laws in the nation in the wake of the school shooting in Newton, Conn., leading California Democrats will open a new front in the fight against gun violence this year with a proposal to conduct background checks on people who purchase ammunition.
From the Vault

Debating the Assault Weapons Ban in 2004

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September 10, 2004
The shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut one-year ago renewed debate about gun control in the United States, but legislation requiring background checks on gun purchases failed to pass the Senate. In 2004, as the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was set to expire, Congress debated renewing the ban on semiautomatic rifles like the one used in the Newtown shooting. From our Washington Week Vault, Gebe Martinez of The Houston Chronicle explained why Congress chose to let the 10-year ban expire.
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Passing the Brady Bill in 1993

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November 26, 1993
This week, as the one-year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting approaches, the Connecticut State's Attorney in Danbury released a report on the Newtown, CT massacre. The shooting last December renewed a debate in Congress over gun control, but Congress was unable to pass legislation to prevent similar mass shootings. Twenty years ago this week President Clinton signed into law the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act which mandated background checks for firearms purchases. Our 1993 Washington Week panel discussed how the bill, named for President Reagan's press secretary who was shot during a 1981 assassination attempt on the president, passed Congress with bipartisan support.

Boston Marathon Bombing and the Politics of Gun Control

April 19, 2013
The Boston Marathon bombing and the Senate’s defeat of gun control legislation

The Gun Debate, the President's Budget and his Political Calculations

April 12, 2013
The gun debate moves forward, the President's budget proposal and his political calculations
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