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File photo of a gun store. (Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Black Friday Opens Busiest Season For Gun Purchases

More gun sales than ever are slipping through the federal background check system — 186,000 last year, a rate of 512 gun sales a day, as states fail to consistently provide thorough, real-time updates on criminal and mental histories to the FBI.

11/28/2014

The company that handled a background check on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is accused of defrauding the government. (credit: The Guardian via Getty Images)

US Gov’t Says Fraud Used By Company That Conducted Snowden Background Check

The company that handled a background check on National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is accused of defrauding the government.

01/23/2014

Gun control groups say this is the year they finally go toe-to-toe with the National Rifle Association and match their foe's imposing campaign spending for congressional candidates.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Poll: Fewer Than Half Of Americans Now Support Stricter Gun Control

A new survey finds that nearly a year after the Sandy Hook school shooting that prompted a nationwide debate on gun control, fewer than half of Americans now support such restrictions.

12/05/2013

Just one day after a mass shooting left 13 dead in the nation’s capital, federal gun legislation is likely to stay stalled in Congress.   (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Reid: ‘We Don’t Have The Votes’ To Pass Gun Legislation

Just one day after a mass shooting left 13 dead in the nation’s capital, federal gun legislation is likely to stay stalled in Congress.

09/17/2013

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks to members of the media after a Democratic Policy Luncheon on June 11, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Reid: We Won’t Let ‘Forces Of Extreme Minority Water Down’ Gun Control Bill

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden met Thursday with relatives of the victims of the Connecticut school shooting, who were visiting Washington on the eve of the six-month anniversary of the tragedy to push anew for gun control.

06/14/2013

File photo of Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark. (credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Dem Senator: ‘No One From New York Or Washington Tells Me What To Do’

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor pushed back Thursday against gun control advocates, using the first ad of his Arkansas re-election bid to defend his vote against expanded background checks for firearms purchases.

05/31/2013

File photo of a gun convention attendee looking at a weapon equipped with a silencer. (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Pew: Over 80 Percent Of Americans Support Gun Background Checks

A new Pew Research study suggests that 81 percent of Americans support background checks for gun sales

05/28/2013

File photo of the NRA's recent convention in Houston. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Senators Discuss Changing Background Checks Bill

Senators backing gun control are discussing ways to revise the defeated Senate background check bill to help win the votes they need to resuscitate the measure.

05/08/2013

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., speaks to members of the media after a vote on the Senate floor on April 17, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Manchin Can No Longer Rely On Backing Of NRA

He famously fired a gun in a TV ad while boasting of an endorsement from the National Rifle Association, but U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin can no longer rely on the backing of that powerful lobby.

04/22/2013

Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Barack Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Obama Taking Mental Health Angle On Gun Background Checks

Blocked by Congress from expanding gun sale background checks, President Barack Obama is turning to actions within his own power to keep people from buying a gun who are prohibited for mental health reasons.

04/19/2013

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