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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 …

Gun victims' relatives emerge as advocates

Gun victims’ relatives emerge as advocates

Victims of tragedy long have played major roles in the nation’s most dramatic public policy debates, and there are few more bitter, or expensive than this year’s legislative battle over gun control

Obama's gun measures face a tough road in Congress

Obama’s gun measures face a tough road in Congress

“I will put everything I’ve got into this, and so will Joe,” the president said. “But I tell you, the only way we can change is if the American people demand it.”

With gun-control bills in sight, city lawmakers say they’ll wait for specific proposals before weighing in

With gun-control bills in sight, city lawmakers say they’ll wait for specific proposals before weighing in

“Who’s to say who’s mentally ill? Hoarders are mentally ill. If I’m a hoarder, I can’t have a gun?” said Councilwoman Renie Peterson

Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

“To make a real and lasting difference, Congress must act,” Obama said. “And Congress must act soon.”

Biden to meet with NRA to discuss gun safety

Biden to meet with NRA to discuss gun safety

The NRA, the nation’s largest gun-rights group, has blocked gun-control efforts in the past and is opposing any new ones.