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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.
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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

Webcast Extra: States on Guns, Kentucky Troubles, and Evolving Opinions

April 12, 2013
We look at Obama fundraising, the Kentucky Senate race, and States on Gun reform.

Webcast Extra: States vs. Guns, Royal Visits, and Obama’s Budget

April 5, 2013
We look at states tackling guns, King Abdullah’s visit, and the new White House Budget.

Same Sex Marriage at the Supreme Court, Obama's Push on Guns

March 29, 2013
Supreme Court concluded arguments on gay marriage and Obama prods Congress on gun laws.
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