Tag: National Rifle Assn

Trump Said He Wants Tougher Gun Laws. Can a New Congress Help Get Them?

ImageFlags flying at half-staff in Washington after the shooting in Calif.CreditMike Theiler/Reuters This is what it’s come to — there are now Americans who have lived through two gun massacres. Many of the people who were able to flee a California bar where a man shot dozens of people late […]

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Thousand Oaks and Our Peculiarly American Affliction

It has become my habit to check social media when I first wake up, a consequence of this modern age. I wasn’t sleeping well, so this morning I checked my phone around 5 a.m., expecting to see continued analysis of the midterm elections and maybe a charming news item about […]

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Parkland Activists Took On the N.R.A. Here’s How It Turned Out.

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — After the shooting massacre at a high school in Parkland, Fla., survivors found themselves taking on the National Rifle Association as they crisscrossed the country rallying young adults to register and vote against candidates opposed to gun control. On Tuesday, the Parkland students got a dose of […]

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Cuomo Moves to Scrap N.R.A. Lawsuit Accusing Him of ‘Blacklisting’

The long-running battle between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York and the National Rifle Association, which says it has lost millions of dollars because of state officials’ political agenda, entered another round of legal wrangling and public posturing this week. Mr. Cuomo announced on Friday that the state was moving to dismiss a lawsuit […]

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Beyond the N.R.A.: Maria Butina’s Peculiar Bid for Russian Influence

WASHINGTON — Twelve days after a young Russian gun-rights activist gained access to some of America’s most prominent conservatives, at an elegant dinner near the Capitol, a Republican operative was eager to keep the momentum going. In a February 2017 email, the operative, Paul Erickson, proposed another “U.S./Russia friendship” dinner. He noted that the activist, […]

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N.R.A. Joins Questioning of Florida Sheriff in ‘Stand Your Ground’ Case

“It’s very rare that the N.R.A. and the Republican lawmakers who drafted and passed Stand Your Ground tell a sheriff that his version of Stand Your Ground is not applicable in this case,” Benjamin L. Crump, an attorney for Mr. McGlockton’s family, told The New York Times in an interview on Tuesday. “Michael Drejka should […]

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Trump Is ‘Looking Into’ 3-D Printed Plastic Guns

WASHINGTON — President Trump said on Tuesday that he is “looking into” his administration’s decision to allow a company to begin posting blueprints on the internet to make a 3-D printed plastic gun capable of evading metal detectors. In a morning tweet, Mr. Trump said that he “already spoke to the NRA, doesn’t seem to […]

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Russia Seeks Release of Woman Accused of Being Covert Agent

Russia’s foreign minister told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday that charges against a woman accused of infiltrating American political organizations as a covert Russian agent were “fabricated” and she should be released. The appeal by the Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, was made in a phone call, according to the Russian Foreign […]

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Are Republicans Covering for Trump, or for Themselves?

This is not a question that Republicans are eager to answer. Before Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee abruptly closed their investigation into Russian election interference, committee Democrats wanted to interview both Butina and Erickson. Their Republican colleagues refused. “If there were efforts towards a back channel towards the N.R.A., they didn’t want to know,” […]

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Maria Butina Loved Guns, Trump and Russia. It Was a Cover, Prosecutors Say.

Mr. Torshin also was familiar with Mr. Trump, telling Bloomberg last year that he had known Mr. Trump for five years and had enjoyed a jovial exchange at an N.R.A. convention in 2015 in Nashville. Both Mr. Torshin and Ms. Butina are life members of the organization. Despite being limited to short-term visas for her […]

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The Trump Administration Caves on Plastic Guns

A rare event occurred on Capitol Hill at the end of 2013: Republicans and Democrats agreed on a sensible, if modest, measure to continue regulating guns made from plastic. Now the Trump administration seems to be taking aim at even that. The Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988, first signed into law by Ronald Reagan and […]

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When Guns Are Sold Illegally, A.T.F. Is Lenient on Punishment

“We operated in the idea that we’re not in the business of putting people out of business,” said Earl Kleckley, a former director of industry operations in the A.T.F.’s Los Angeles field office. “We have put people out of business, but that was a situation where these business entities had more than one bite of […]

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