Second Amendment

Podcast: A Twist in the Gun Control Debate
CQ on Congress, Episode 92

Students, calling for Congress to act on gun control, demonstrate on the east lawn of the Capitol on February 21, 2018. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, wants Congress to toughen background checks, but not if it also means shielding more gun sellers from liability lawsuits.

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New York Daily News Calls For Trump To Quit
'This Isn't A Joke Anymore,' the headline says

The New York Daily News demanded on Wednesday that there is only one recourse after Donald Trump seemed to suggest someone assassinate Hillary Clinton: Abandon Trump.

#Filibuster Reaction Reflects Passionate Division Over Guns
Murphy inspires and incites, depending on which way you look at the debate

Demonstrators supporting Sen. Christopher S. Murphy's filibuster on gun laws march onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday night. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Well-known writers, media personalities and relatives of gun violence victims posted passionate dispatches on both sides of the gun debate during Sen. Christopher S. Murphy's filibuster Wednesday and early Thursday.

“Heard about @ChrisMurphyCT and his #filibuster and I feel like, for the first time in days, I am breathing,” Jared Frieder, a Los Angeles-based comedy writer, posted at 2:06 p.m., three hours after Murphy took the floor.

What Did Murphy's Filibuster Accomplish?
Connecticut Democrat says GOP had no plans for debate until filibuster began

Sen. Christopher S. Murphy's nearly 15-hour filibuster left him optimistic that gun control legislation will get a vote by the end of this week or the first of next week.  

And the Connecticut Democrat said there was no way that would have happened with the filibuster.

Will Firearm Filibuster Bring Progress?
Consensus emerged behind the scenes as the 14-hour session progressed

Wednesday's filibuster didn't have as dramatic an ending as the movie version.

Whether Sen. Christopher S. Murphy's filibuster to promote gun legislation Wednesday yields much more than "sound and fury signifying nothing," might well depend on what happened away from the cameras.  

A number of senators from both parties were circulating proposals into Wednesday evening intended to curtail the ability of suspected terrorists to buy guns.   

D.C. Concealed Carry Policy "Unconstitutional Burden"
Judge blocks district from requiring "good reason" to obtain license

A D.C. requirement to show "good reason" for a concealed carry permit has been blocked by a federal judge. (CQ Roll Call file photo)

A federal judge has stopped Washington, D.C., from enforcing a requirement that concealed carry applicants show "good reason" to obtain a license.

U.S. District Judge Richard Leon's preliminary injunction on Tuesday is the latest development in a court fight that began several years ago.  The case, Palmer v. District of Columbia, was filed in 2014, challenging the District's law which required gun owners to demonstrate a "good" or "proper" reason to obtain a concealed carry permit. 

Democrats to Outline Gun Control Principles After Oregon Shooting

Democrats, led by DPCC chairman Schumer, will hold a news conference Thursday on gun control. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Senate Democrats will kick off their latest gun control effort Thursday on the steps of the Capitol.  

A group of Democratic caucus members, including Oregon's Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, are scheduled to take part. The most recent mass shooting took place at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. President Barack Obama is expected to travel to Roseburg on Friday.  

Bipartisan Sportsmen's Bill Sparks Gun Control Duel

Durbin says the measure could spark a fight. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call Photo)

A bipartisan bundle of hunting and fishing legislation could get shot down by a partisan battle over gun control.  

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., has drafted an amendment limiting the circumstances under which veterans can be denied access to firearms because of mental illness, a proposal the Senate's No. 2 Democrat said would prompt a response from advocates of stricter gun control.