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Police: Colo. theater victims’ families harassed

PORTLAND, Ore. | Police say they have arrested a Portland man for harassing the families of victims of the mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., last July. Kevin Purfield is accused of emailing, calling and using social media to contact the …

Senate ready to launch gun control debate

Senate ready to launch gun control debate

In an opening showdown Thursday, senators were scheduled to vote on an attempt by conservatives to scuttle the Democratic bill before debate even started

Bipartisan deal on background checks is close

Bipartisan deal on background checks is close

WASHINGTON | A bipartisan deal seems imminent on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, an agreement that could build support for President Barack Obama’s drive to curb firearms violence. Meanwhile, the Senate is ready for an opening vote on …

Obama, in Colorado, to press for gun measures

Obama, in Colorado, to press for gun measures

In selecting Colorado, Obama is showcasing a state with a long centrist tradition that prizes its Western frontier heritage

NRA study suggests trained, armed school staffers

NRA study suggests trained, armed school staffers

"The presence of an armed security personnel in a school adds a layer of security and diminishes the response time that is beneficial to the overall security," said Asa Hutchinson, a GOP former congressman from Arkansas who directed the study.

Conn. reaches deal on tough gun laws after Newtown

Conn. reaches deal on tough gun laws after Newtown

HARTFORD, Conn. | Connecticut lawmakers announced a deal Monday on what they called some of the toughest gun laws in the country that were proposed after the December mass shooting in the state, including a ban on new high-capacity ammunition …

Senate panel casts year's first votes on gun curbs

Senate panel casts year’s first votes on gun curbs

"Are we really going to pass another law that will have zero effect, then pat ourselves on the back for doing something wonderful?" said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican.

Father of Newtown victim: Ban assault weapons

Father of Newtown victim: Ban assault weapons

"I'm not here for the sympathy or the pat on the back," Heslin, a 50-year-old construction worker, told the senators, weeping openly during much of his hushed 11-minute testimony. "I'm here to speak up for my son."

Democratic leader wants assault weapons liability

Democratic leader wants assault weapons liability

"My first response was that I laughed out loud," said Sen. Greg Brophy, a Republican from Wray.

Aurora shooting victim’s family at State of Union speech

AURORA  | The mother and uncle of a teenager who was killed in the Aurora movie theater shooting are planning to attend President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday. The Denver Post reports Theresa and Dave Hoover, who lost …