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Downloadable Guns Would Pose Unique Risk to Capitol, Gainer Says
‘Even the most technologically advanced security cannot neutralize all possible threats,’ Ex-Senate sergeant-at-arms writes

Former Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Terrance W. Gainer says not permanently stopping downloadable plastic guns “will increase the challenges of protecting the security of members of Congress, their staffs and visitors to the Capitol.” (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 3:26 p.m. | The only person to hold both top law enforcement roles at the Capitol says downloadable plastic guns would pose an added challenge of “detection and defense” for those who protect Capitol Hill.

Terrance W. Gainer, who served as Senate sergeant-at-arms for seven years and before that as the chief of the Capitol Police, said he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but elected officials must recognize the “unique threat downloadable firearms pose to public safety.”

Trump Preparing for Another Immigration Fight on Spending Bill
President’s speech to NRA frequently veers from guns

President Donald Trump addressed the press before departing for Dallas, Texas where he made an appearance at the National Rifle Association convention on May 4, 2018. (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call)

President Donald Trump signaled Friday he’s preparing for another immigration fight as part of the fiscal 2019 spending bill.

“We are going to demand Congress secure the border in the upcoming CR,” Trump said during a speech at the National Rifle Association Leadership Forum in Dallas, Texas. “It’s going to be very soon.”

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The Radical Islamist Rifle Association
Work of this nonexistent lobby group is already being done by others

Maine Sen. Susan Collins' role has become to save Washington from itself, writes Patricia Murphy. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Everybody seems to have an association in Washington these days, so let’s pretend Islamist terrorists have one too. Travel and visas aren’t an issue for them, since American citizens are increasingly planning and carrying out terror attacks. So their No. 1 issue would probably be making sure that terrorists have easy access to the weapons they need for such attacks.  

It’s true that terrorists have used box cutters and pressure cookers to strike at Americans in the past, but because guns have been used for the majority of attacks since 9/11, let’s name the association accordingly: the Radical Islamist Rifle Association.  

Gun Control Votes Become a Litmus Test for Political Giving
Stakes are high for candidates as Senate weighs amendments

Ohio Sen. Rob Portman, locked in a tough re-election fight, has been a beneficiary of National Rifle Association giving in the current campaign cycle. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As senators prepare to vote on divisive gun measures on Monday, lobbying organizations such as the National Rifle Association, as well as high-dollar K Street donors, have ratcheted up pressure campaigns on lawmakers.  

Senators will vote Monday on a proposal to prohibit firearms sales to people on terror watch lists, as part of a larger Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill. Other amendments would extend background checks on gun sales.  

Obama: Orlando Families Want Gun Control, 'Don't Care About Politics'
President says gun 'debate needs to change'

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, as Rep. Corrine Brown looks on, after arriving at the Orlando International Airport on Thursday. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama on Thursday called for new federal gun control measures after a meeting with family members of victims of Sunday’s Orlando mass shooting , saying the parents he met there “don’t care about politics.”  

After the president and Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. laid 49 white roses — one for each Pulse nightclub patron killed — at a memorial in the Central Florida city, Obama told reporters the family members’ collective grief “is beyond description.”  

Rubio Joins Obama on Air Force One to Visit Orlando Families
Duo not expected to discuss senator's re-election decision

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., returns to work as a U.S. Senator on March 17 after suspending his bid to run for president. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

President Barack Obama reached across the aisle on his somber trip to Orlando to visit families of those who were killed in Sunday's mass shooting , inviting GOP Sen. Marco Rubio to join him on Air Force One.   

Just after the presidential jumbo jet touched down around 12:45 p.m. (EDT), a Rubio aide confirmed the Florida senator was on the flight.  

Maura Healey Targets ‘Ridiculous’ Gun Culture
First openly gay attorney general says civil rights should be on everyone’s agenda

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is a former basketball player, prosecutor and private attorney. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images for EMILY's List)

Maura Healey has one word to describe the gun lobby — ridiculous.

The Massachusetts attorney general says it’s “ridiculous” the National Rifle Association has so much control over gun rights debates. “Ridiculous” that Congress won’t allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun violence as a public health issue. And “ridiculous” that people who are a danger to themselves and others can get guns.