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Gun Control Groups Mailing Birthday Voting Forms to 18-Year-Olds
Giffords, Everytown for Gun Safety and NextGen behind youth voter registration drive

Hundreds of thousands of people jammed Washington last month to protest gun violence in the student-led March for Our Lives. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

A coalition of gun control and progressive millennial outreach groups will be mailing teenagers a present for their 18th birthday: a voter registration form.

The coalition is targeting vulnerable pro-gun Republicans in 10 states with the Our Lives, Our Vote drive and hopes to register 50,000 18- and 19-year-olds through the initiative ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

Rep. Ralph Norman Won’t Be Charged for Pulling Gun at Diner
South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division and attorney general opt against pressing charges

Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., was elected to replace director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney in June. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

The South Carolina attorney general and State Law Enforcement Division will not file charges against Rep. Ralph Norman for laying his loaded handgun on a diner table at a “coffee with constituents” event in Rock Hill, South Carolina, last Friday.

Speculation simmered over the weekend and earlier this week that Norman could face prosecution for the stunt, which was intended to show a group of activists from the gun control group Moms Demand Action on Gun Sense in America that the gun “doesn’t shoot by itself,” he said Monday.

Norman in Murky Legal Waters for Showing His Gun in Diner
State Democrats have asked S.C. AG and other law enforcement officials to investigate incident

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman maintains he did nothing wrong when he pulled out his handgun in a meeting with constituents last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

South Carolina law enforcement and criminal justice officials have given mixed signals about whether or not Rep. Ralph Norman broke any laws Friday when he placed a loaded gun on a table at a meeting with constituents at a local diner.

The South Carolina Democratic Party called for the State Law Enforcement Division and the state attorney general’s office to investigate the incident and for 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett to file felony charges against the first-term Republican.

Norman Defends Pulling out Pistol in Diner
‘I didn’t do anything wrong,’ South Carolina rep says

South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman is taking heat for pulling out his pistol during a meeting with constituents last week. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Ralph Norman on Monday continued defending himself from criticism for removing his handgun from his blazer jacket and placing it on the table at a “coffee with constituents” event in South Carolina on Friday.

“Two days in a row I’ve had front-page news question the legality of what I did,” Norman said on Fox News Monday morning. “I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Democrats Grapple With Gun Control Positions in Must-Win District
General agreement in New York’s 19th District that more gun control is needed

A demonstrator is seen on the Mall near the student-led March for Our Lives rally to call for action to prevent gun violence. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

More than 100 town hall meetings across the country this week are focusing on gun violence — including two in New York’s traditionally gun-friendly 19th District.

Two Democratic candidates hoping to take on GOP Rep. John Faso are hosting town hall meetings as activists look to sustain focus on gun control issues following the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

GOP Challenger Accuses Deutch of ‘Exploiting’ Parkland Survivors
Deutch appeared with survivors of February school shooting at town hall Tuesday

Republican challenger Javier Manjarres calls Democratic incumbent Rep. Ted Deutch a “shameful extremist.” (Javier Manjarres for Congress via Facebook)

Conservative South Florida blogger and GOP congressional candidate Javier Manjarres is railing against Rep. Ted Deutch for “exploiting” victims of the school shooting in his district to promote a pro-gun control agenda.

Manjarres, who runs the popular conservative blog Shark Tank will challenge Deutch for Florida’s 22nd Congressional District seat, he announced Tuesday in a news release.

Burr Says States Should Determine Age Limits on Guns
But says there are points of agreements on gun laws in Congress

Sen.  Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, said he is open to some gun measures but thinks age restrictions should be left to states. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Richard Burr said there are points of “common agreement” in Congress on gun laws, but that states should determine age restrictions on buying weapons.

Speaking to CBS 17 in Wilson, the North Carolina Republican responded to questions about tighter gun legislation in the wake of the shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, in February.

Deutch Appeals to Hollywood to Help Parkland Victims’ Families
Florida Dem believes actors and music artists can help promote gun control on social media

Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Fla., was in California this week appealing to Hollywood representatives to help victims’ families and survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Rep. Ted Deutch is recruiting Hollywood’s support for the survivors and families of victims of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Deutch represents Florida’s 22nd District, which includes Parkland.

Bishop Scrubs Website of NRA Rating
Comes as Democrats are putting resources into trying to flip his district

Rep. Mike Bishop, R-Mich., scrubbed his website of his rating from the National Rifle Association. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Democrats set their sights on Michigan’s 8th District, Republican Rep. Mike Bishopscrubbed his website of any trace of his past positions on guns.

Bishop’s campaign website removed his A/A+ rating from the National Rifle Association as well as his previous support for right-to-carry laws, The Detroit News reported.

Opinion: It’s the Action of Youth That Shames Lawmakers
Amid the chaos of Washington, young marchers stepped up

Whether or not you agreed with the vision of the many young people who participated in the weekend’s “March for Our Lives” rallies across the world, at least they had one, Curtis writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

It was partly partisan politics that drove protesters and counterprotesters in the global “March for Our Lives” on Saturday. Many who traveled to Washington or their town squares demanded action on school safety, gun control and more.

But to Washington lawmakers, of both parties and on either side of the gun issue, who just managed to pass a $1.3 trillion omnibus bill to keep the government running that same week and may not pass any other major legislation for the rest of the year, it was a rebuke.