Sales spiked to all-time highs last year under the irrational trope that President Obama was going to “take away our guns.” But gun manufacturers and retailers are seeing a downside as President Trump snuggles with the NRA: Gun sales have dropped sharply since he was elected.
As NRA members arrive in Atlanta for its annual convention, the gun-loving group is preparing a lobbying blitz on its top legislative priority: a federal law that would create national reciprocity for concealed-carry licenses, requiring every state to accept the permits of the other 49, regardless of differences in eligibility standards.
At least 17 states allow guns in their capitol buildings, and Iowa is about to join them. The NRA is pleased. A spokeswoman said, “In the halls where freedom is celebrated, freedoms should be exercised.”
As mayor of New York, Giuliani pressed for national gun registration, advocated bans on assault weapons and high-powered handguns, and gave birth to the strategy of suing gun manufacturers for negligence. If the Trump enthusiast is nominated for a cabinet post, would the NRA and Senate GOP apply the same unrelenting pro-gun litmus test they’ve applied to President Obama’s nominees?
The gun group is investing $5 million in a dramatic TV ad for rural markets in swing states that suggests Hillary Clinton would disarm women, leaving them vulnerable to crime. Trump hopes to drive up his rural support to offset weaknesses in the suburbs.
Results of a new survey suggests that as many as 600,000 firearms are stolen each year in the U.S. That’s more than one gun theft per minute. Many states now allow owners to carry guns in their cars and trucks, and thieves have caught on, stealing thousands of firearms from vehicles.
The day after last month’s massacre in San Bernardino, Ca., Senate Democrats rushed to pass a measure denying guns to anyone on the no-fly terrorism watch list. The timing of the vote and the nature of the bill gave them reason to hope that they could, for once, thwart the gun lobby. Chris Cox, the National Rifle Association’s brash and boyish-looking chief lobbyist, was ready for them, the New York Times reports. Cox and more than a dozen lobbyists working […]
Before issuing thousands of permits each year to buy handguns, North Carolina county sheriffs go through an oft-futile exercise. Relying on a law allowing them to ensure gun owners are of “good moral character,” they submit applicants' names to large health care facilities seeking to learn whether anyone was suicidal or otherwise mentally unfit to own a pistol, McClatchy Newspapers reports. Under the 1968 U.S. Gun Control Act, the sheriffs are entitled to know whether an applicant is disqualified from […]