National Rifle Association
Some families who lost loved ones in December’s massacre at a Connecticut elementary school say they are very disappointed by the Senate’s defeat of expanded background checks for gun sales and vow to continue their fight.
A bipartisan Senate proposal to expand background checks for gun buyers gained the backing of one Republican and the potential support of a second Sunday as sponsors said the vote expected this week was too close to call.
The National Rifle Association has seen a massive increase in fundraising in the months since the shootings in Newtown, Conn., which prompted a nationwide debate on gun control.
On Thursday, three months after the shootings, members attempted to bring 130,000 signatures to the National Rifle Association of America headquarters in Fairfax.
National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre says he thinks the federal government wants universal background checks on gun owners to make it easier for federal officials to seize firearms.
National Rifle Association leader Wayne LaPierre renewed his call Thursday for armed guards in schools and urged gun owners to “stand and fight” for the Second Amendment.
About 60 members of a newly formed anti-gun violence group in Northern Virginia protested in front of the National Rifle Association headquarters in Fairfax on Friday morning.
Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president and CEO of the National Rifle Association, told a Senate committee on Wednesday that new proposals to ban assault weapons and increase background checks on gun buyers were not likely to solve the problem of gun violence.
Banning some assault weapons and requiring background checks for all firearms purchases aren’t a serious attempt to reduce gun violence, a top National Rifle Association official warned Tuesday as Congress geared up for the year’s first hearing on the subject.
The head of the National Rifle Association says the organization has no problem with tighter background checks of gun purchasers.
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