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Twelve survivors of the shooting that gravely wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed six others met Wednesday with Attorney General Eric Holder to seek his support for stricter enforcement of gun sale checks and tighter requirements on gun sales.

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What in the worldupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 13:31:00

The facts about guns in America

By the numbers: Guns in Americaupdated: Thu Aug 09 2012 13:31:00

Following the mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, the debate over gun control has been reignited: How should the country balance its constitutional right to bear arms with access to deadly firepower?

5 things gun owners want you to knowupdated: Fri Aug 03 2012 10:39:00

Guns are an American pastime. A way to feed a family. A way to protect a family.

The media and the massacreupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 20:05:00

Fred Francis, Jane Hall and Howard Kurtz examine the gun control debate in the aftermath of the Aurora theater shooting

Analysis: Fewer U.S. gun owners own more gunsupdated: Tue Jul 31 2012 20:05:00

A decreasing number of American gun owners own two-thirds of the nation's guns and as many as one-third of the guns on the planet -- even though they account for less than 1% of the world's population, according to a CNN analysis of gun ownership data.

Democrats propose limits on online ammo salesupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 22:26:00

Two Democratic lawmakers took on the hot-button political issue of gun control Monday, introducing legislation that would effectively ban online ammunition sales.

Despite online ammo bill, many Democrats still won't touch gun policyupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 16:12:00

When Democratic Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of New York unveiled their bill Monday to regulate the online and mail-order sale of ammunition, they did so in a state most friendly to Democrats -- New York.

No gun law changes likely after shootingupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 12:47:00

CNN's Candy Crowley reports on the dormant state of the gun control debate, and why it's likely to remain so.

Fear drives opposition to gun controlupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 12:47:00

There will be no new gun laws after the Aurora shooting for the basic reason that the American people do not want them.

Obama speaks out on gun controlupdated: Mon Jul 30 2012 07:51:00

CNN's Dana Bash looks at Obama's latest comments on gun control and how some Democrats may now be in a tough spot.

Is it still too soon to talk gun control?updated: Mon Jul 30 2012 07:51:00

The bodies of the victims are being buried. The court case will continue, without cameras. The horror in Aurora has faded from the front page in favor of Olympic coverage.

Gun owners debate in wake of Aurora tragedyupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 09:58:00

When you put a pro- and an anti-gun control person in the same room, you know what's bound to happen. But what happens when two gun owners debate gun control?

iReport Debate: Gun control debateupdated: Fri Jul 27 2012 09:58:00

iReporters David Douglas and Michael Kunda, who are both gun owners, go head-to-head in a debate on gun control.

Candidates show little appetite for new gun control lawsupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 18:23:00

Last week's massacre at a Colorado movie theater revived the dormant gun control debate in the United States, but neither President Barack Obama nor Republican candidate Mitt Romney is pushing for new laws now to prevent similar attacks.

Bloomberg on a potential police strikeupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 10:22:00

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggests police go on strike in an effort to force more gun control

Bloomberg's out-of-order remarks got one thing rightupdated: Thu Jul 26 2012 10:22:00

When an elected official whose heart seems to be in the right place offers a courageous perspective on an important subject, I'm inclined to try to find some good in it.

Obama: Colorado shooting 'an evil act'updated: Tue Jul 24 2012 07:22:00

President Barack Obama addresses the recent shooting in Aurora, Colorado.

Mass murder and powerful firearmsupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 07:22:00

Scenes from the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater are horrific, but are all too familiar in the United States.

Little to gain, lots to lose for Obama and Romney on gunsupdated: Tue Jul 24 2012 07:21:00

Don't expect President Barack Obama or Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney to talk about the issue of gun control in the wake of last week's deadly mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado -- there's little to gain from bringing up the issue.

Analysis: Why gun controls are off the agenda in Americaupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 17:06:00

What is it about Americans and guns?

How the 'gun culture' impacts politicsupdated: Mon Jul 23 2012 17:06:00

CNN's John Vause talks with blogger Dan Baum, about the impact of recent shootings on U.S. politics.

Gun-control, gun-rights groups ready for renewed debate after Colorado shootingupdated: Sat Jul 21 2012 16:10:00

The extreme carnage at the Colorado movie theater, now one of the worst mass shootings in U.S. history, reopens the nation's passionate debate about gun control -- or gun rights -- and both sides were readying for renewed legislative efforts in the aftermath of Friday's shooting.

Gun control politicsupdated: Sat Jul 21 2012 16:10:00

NYC Mayor demands that presidential candidates act on gun regulation. John Avlon reports on the gun control debate.

Obama has largely steered clear of gun debateupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 20:43:00

In a speech after the Colorado shooting Friday, President Barack Obama asked Americans to pray, reflect and remember what's important in life while the city of Aurora mourned the dead and wounded.

For Democrats, gun politics are bad politicsupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 18:34:00

The sun was barely up when New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the Colorado massacre to scold President Obama and Mitt Romney for ignoring the gun issue.

Bloomberg blasts politics on gunsupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 18:34:00

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasts President Obama and Mitt Romney on guns in the wake of the Aurora shooting.

Gun control or carry permits won't stop mass murderupdated: Fri Jul 20 2012 11:14:00

There are few criminal events as stunning and frightening as a mass shooting. The suddenness, randomness and unpredictability of episodes like Friday's early morning massacre at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater cause us all to wonder whether any place is safe.

White House, Justice Dept. make last-ditch effort to avoid Holder contempt voteupdated: Tue Jun 26 2012 22:15:00

Officials from the Justice Department and the White House met with senior aides to House Speaker John Boehner and Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa at the White House on Tuesday to try to head off a House vote holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.

'Stand Your Ground' tested in old caseupdated: Sun Apr 15 2012 09:20:00

CNN's Randi Kaye reports on "Stand Your Ground" law in Florida and why one widow says it's a free pass for murder.

NRA's Marion Hammer stands her ground updated: Sun Apr 15 2012 09:20:00

Marion Hammer was 5 when she first held a gun in her hands. Her grandfather handed her a .22 bolt-action single-shot rifle and told her to hunt down a rabbit or a squirrel for dinner. She practiced first, aiming at cans lined up on the wooden fence.

New York gun law triggers confusion, arrests for visitorsupdated: Sat Jan 21 2012 23:24:00

An online campaign in support of a former U.S. Marine -- arrested for attempting to security-check his pistol while visiting the Empire State Building -- is bringing new attention and a fair amount of scrutiny to one of the nation's toughest gun-control laws.

Tough New York gun law stirs debateupdated: Sat Jan 21 2012 23:24:00

The arrest of a former Marine stirs a national debate over gun laws. CNN's Susan Candiotti reports.

Report: Manufacturers lost track of more than 16,000 guns since 2009updated: Thu Sep 01 2011 20:05:00

Thousands of firearms have gone missing from manufacturers' inventories since 2009 "without a record of being legally sold," according to a report released Thursday by a gun control advocacy group.

Democrat: Controversial ATF program shows need for tougher gun lawsupdated: Thu Jun 30 2011 19:02:00

A controversial program by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that tried to track illegal weapons sales shows the need for tougher gun laws, according to a report issued Thursday by a House Democrat.

Why is NRA spurning Obama move?updated: Thu Mar 17 2011 09:35:00

Two months after the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, talking reasonably about gun policy remains a third rail in American politics.

Why the NRA won't talk gun control with Obamaupdated: Wed Mar 16 2011 15:36:00

The chief spokesman for the National Rifle Association is expected to get an invitation any day now to sit down at the Justice Department for talks aimed at reaching a consensus on new gun control legislation.

Justice Department looking at tighter gun access for criminals, othersupdated: Mon Mar 14 2011 16:40:00

Talks are starting this week on possible steps to tighten access to guns for people with criminal records or mental health issues, White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday.

Undercover investigators buy guns without background checksupdated: Mon Jan 31 2011 14:55:00

Undercover investigators purchased semiautomatic weapons at an Arizona gun show, despite telling vendors that they probably could not pass background checks, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters Monday.

Protecting kids from guns, or a felony?updated: Wed Jan 19 2011 05:47:00

A proposed law would forbid doctors from asking whether parents have a gun in the home. CNN's Anderson Cooper reports.

Gun control measures don't stop violenceupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 05:47:00

Against the horrific backdrop of the Tucson, Arizona, tragedy, new gun control proposals are on the way. Some of our legislators will be tempted to apply Rahm Emanuel's aphorism, "Never let a good crisis go to waste."

Democrats face tough fight on gun control after Tucson shootingsupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 10:44:00

Bring back the ban on assault weapons, or tighten enforcement of existing gun control laws and regulations?

Debate over Arizona's gun control lawsupdated: Mon Jan 17 2011 10:44:00

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez takes a look at Arizona's constitutional carry law.

Candy's post-game analysisupdated: Sun Jan 16 2011 14:01:00

CNN's Candy Crowley highlights what she liked best about today's special edition of "State of the Union."

Criticism over gun show in Tucsonupdated: Sat Jan 15 2011 21:16:00

CNN's Thelma Gutierrez talks about criticism over a gun show taking place in Tucson, Arizona, near the shooting site.

Thousands attend Tucson gun show one week after shootingsupdated: Sat Jan 15 2011 21:16:00

Thousands of people determined "to exercise their Second Amendment rights," attended a gun show Saturday in Tucson, Arizona, one week after a well-armed gunman opened fire at a local shopping center, the show's president said.

How to cut gun death tollupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 11:53:00

The assassination attempt and mass killing in Tucson, Arizona, last Saturday was reportedly committed with a Glock 9 mm semiautomatic handgun equipped with a high-capacity magazine that held 31 bullets.

Fortune: Why there's no more debate on gun controlupdated: Wed Jan 12 2011 11:45:00

The tragic shooting on Saturday of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D) and 19 others has renewed a national conversation about whether our gun laws need tightening. But the chatter for the most part has so far ignored a curious fact: in Congress, the arena where any new restrictions would be decided, the debate effectively ended years ago.

Mass murder rare, unpreventableupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 17:42:00

Outrageously tragic crimes -- like the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on Saturday that claimed the lives of six people and caused serious injuries to many more -- typically set off a round of finger-pointing.

Stop spread of illegal guns from states with weak lawsupdated: Tue Oct 12 2010 15:24:00

A handful of states with weak gun laws are the largest contributors to the U.S. market for illegally trafficked guns. That's the alarming finding of "Trace the Guns: The Link Between Gun Laws and Interstate Gun Trafficking," a new groundbreaking report issued by Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of more than 500 mayors that I co-chair with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Opposing gun groups take opposite stands on Kaganupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 16:28:00

Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan received a mixed reaction Thursday from groups on opposite ends of the gun control debate.

What is Kagan's stance on gun ownership?updated: Thu Jul 01 2010 16:28:00

The Supreme Court nominee vowed to enforce the constitution when asked for her personal stance on gun ownership.

Supreme Court strikes down Chicago gun banupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 12:04:00

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is upset but not surprised at the Supreme Court's decision to strike down the handgun ban.

Why gun ruling is a teachable momentupdated: Wed Jun 30 2010 12:04:00

Teachers -- like me -- love "teachable moments," so here's a big one from Monday's sweeping Supreme Court decision on gun rights and the states, McDonald v. Chicago. In it, the court not only validated individual gun rights, but applied them to every state and locality in the country.

Landmark gun ruling for Chicagoupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 09:10:00

CNN's Kate Bolduan reports on the Supreme Court's ruling that overturned Chicago's handgun ban.

High court strikes down Chicago handgun banupdated: Tue Jun 29 2010 09:10:00

In another dramatic victory for firearm owners, the Supreme Court has ruled unconstitutional Chicago, Illinois', 28-year-old strict ban on handgun ownership, a potentially far-reaching case over the ability of state and local governments to enforce limits on weapons.

Palin fires up gun crowd at NRA forumupdated: Mon May 17 2010 18:07:00

The former Alaska governor made the case for the 2nd amendment at the annual NRA leadership forum.

Speakers at NRA convention target Washington, midtermsupdated: Mon May 17 2010 18:07:00

Speakers at the National Rifle Association's annual leadership forum on Friday touted Second Amendment rights and also set their sights on the upcoming midterm elections.

Clinton: U.S. mood similar to 1995updated: Mon Apr 19 2010 16:28:00

Bill Clinton sits down with CNN's Wolf Blitzer to talk about the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Gun rights advocates rally in Washington, Virginiaupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 16:28:00

They're angry at the government and are demonstrating in the Washington area against what they see as the trampling of the Constitution. Their specific fear: Americans' right to bear arms under the Second Amendment will be taken away.

CNNMoney: Starbucks in crosshairs on gun-control debateupdated: Thu Mar 04 2010 12:25:00

The debate over gun control is heating up at Starbucks.

Justices debate Chicago handgun banupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 15:49:00

Chicago's 28-year-old strict ban on handgun ownership appeared in trouble Tuesday at the U.S. Supreme Court in a potentially far-reaching case over the ability of state and local governments to enforce limits on weapons.

Chicago's gun ban battleupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 15:49:00

CNN's Kate Bolduan reports on Chicago's controversial handgun ban and its upcoming Supreme Court appeal.

Sting operation finds illegal gun sales in 3 states, report saysupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 19:48:00

An investigation commissioned by the city of New York found private gun vendors selling weapons to buyers who admitted not being able to pass background checks, breaking federal law, a report released Wednesday says.

Justices take on potentially landmark gun rights casesupdated: Wed Sep 30 2009 13:19:00

Setting the stage for a dramatic battle over gun rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday accepted an appeal challenging the ability of state and local governments to enforce strict limits on handguns and other weapons.

GOP homes in on controversial Sotomayor speechesupdated: Thu Jul 16 2009 21:23:00

Questions surrounding Judge Sonia Sotomayor's past speeches generated more controversy in the final day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Thursday, as Democrats again called her a mainstream jurist and Republicans portrayed her as a liberal activist likely to legislate from the bench.

Graham: 'You have worked hard'updated: Thu Jul 16 2009 21:23:00

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham says Judge Sonia Sotomayor has said things that "have bugged the hell out of me."

High marks for Sotomayor after tough questioningupdated: Wed Jul 15 2009 09:08:00

Sonia Sotomayor faced tough questioning Tuesday on political issues and controversial statements from her past, with both Democrats and Republicans saying she responded well and appeared certain to win confirmation as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

FSB: Drive-by message: One entrepreneur's crusade against gunsupdated: Fri Jun 12 2009 11:11:00

John Rosenthal has a long history of social activism -- and the prison record to prove it.

NRA thrives amid fears of heightened gun-control effortsupdated: Fri May 15 2009 18:16:00

Although the National Rifle Association may not have seen the results it wanted from last year's elections, its fortunes this year are anything but dim.

Ammo hard to find as gun owners stock upupdated: Mon May 04 2009 12:57:00

Gun shops across the country are reporting a run on ammunition, a phenomenon apparently driven by fear that the Obama administration will increase taxes on bullets or enact new gun-control measures.

iReporters conflicted on answer to gun violenceupdated: Mon Apr 20 2009 08:01:00

Janie Lambert has lost one family member to gun violence and another to suicide. After all she's been through, she feels conflicted about whether or not gun control is the solution to gun violence.

Control violence, control guns?updated: Mon Apr 20 2009 08:01:00

iReporters share differing opinions on gun control.

Analysis: Don't expect deal with Mexico on assault weapons banupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 14:35:00

President Obama visits Mexico with many issues on the table, but reinstating the ban on assault weapons in the U.S. isn't likely to be one on which the two countries can reach agreement.

Obama heads to Mexicoupdated: Thu Apr 16 2009 14:35:00

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux looks at the issues ahead of President Obama's trip to Mexico City.

Attitudes towards gunsupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 23:01:00

CNN's Bill Schneider has new poll numbers on Americans' attitude towards gun control.

Poll: Fewer Americans support stricter gun control lawsupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 23:01:00

From Oakland, California, to Binghamton, New York, several mass shootings in recent weeks have killed dozens across the country. But has there been an effect on public opinion?

Commentary: U.S. freedoms not to blame for Mexico's drug warupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 17:25:00

Here's a summary for the time- or attention-challenged: Never surrender freedom for laws that can't affect criminals; they disobey laws for a living.

Commentary: Stop flow of U.S. guns to Mexico drug warupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 17:24:00

America's neighbor to the south is engaged in a bloody war with ruthless drug cartels.

Gun sales upupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 16:02:00

The sale of guns is showing a sharp increase since the presidential election. Kelli Arena reports.

Gun sales surge after Obama's electionupdated: Tue Nov 11 2008 16:02:00

Bernie Conatser has never seen business this good.

CNN Student News One-Sheet: The U.S. Constitutionupdated: Tue Sep 16 2008 21:55:00

Introduction September 17, 2008 marks the 221st birthday of our government. On this date in 1787, 39 men changed the course of history by signing the U.S. Constitution. But this document is not just some relic of the past -- it continues to guide the way we live our lives. Each time there is a case that addresses the roles of the U.S. government or the rights of its people, the courts interpret the words written in the U.S. Constitution to determine whether the law is in accordance with the Constitution. . This CNN Student News One-Sheet examines some connections between four contemporary issues and the U.S. Constitution. Was Anti-Gun Activist an NRA Spy?updated: Wed Aug 06 2008 10:00:00

A gun-control activist who served on the boards of two anti-violence groups is suspected of working as a paid spy for the National Rifle Association

NRA to launch anti-Obama adupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 21:56:00

CNN's Brian Todd reports on a $15 million anti-Obama ad blitz planned by the gun lobby.

NRA to target Obama in ad blitzupdated: Tue Jul 01 2008 21:56:00

The National Rifle Association will unveil a $15 million ad campaign against presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama this fall over his record on gun control. The Future of Gun Controlupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 19:25:00

The Supreme Court has reaffirmed an individual's right to gun ownership, but don't expect gun control laws to go away

'We respect' gun rulingupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 19:24:00

Mayor Adrian Fenty says Washington D.C. is re-working its handgun policy.

High court strikes down gun banupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 19:24:00

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sweeping ban on handguns in the nation's capital violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

iReporter on gun rulingupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 18:32:00

iReporter Nick Parsons supports today's Supreme Court handgun ruling.

Reaction mixed after D.C. handgun ban overturnedupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 18:32:00

In a landmark ruling on personal gun ownership, the U.S. Supreme Court declared a Washington, D.C., handgun ban unconstitutional.

War of wordsupdated: Tue Apr 15 2008 08:12:00

A verbal barrage on the campaign trail; McCain and Clinton attack as Obama defends the comments he made on April 6.

'Bittergate' sparks new look at candidates and gunsupdated: Tue Apr 15 2008 08:12:00

The battle over the word "bitter" between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton has sparked a new look at the candidates and their stance on the Second Amendment.

Charlton Heston dead at 84updated: Mon Apr 07 2008 08:44:00

Actor Charlton Heston has died at his Beverly Hills home at the age of 84. Gun Control Laws in the Cross Hairsupdated: Wed Mar 19 2008 17:00:00

The U.S. Supreme Court takes up a critical case that could define the convoluted Second Amendment -- and decide exactly what Americans' right to bear arms means

Is gun ban unconstitutional?updated: Wed Mar 19 2008 11:24:00

Is a gun ban in D.C. unconstitutional? CNN's Lou Dobbs weighs in and what the Supreme Court's decision will be.

Supreme Court hears arguments on gun ownershipupdated: Wed Mar 19 2008 11:24:00

The Supreme Court on Tuesday took up gun control, hearing arguments concerning a District of Columbia ban on handguns more than two centuries after the Second Amendment gave Americans the right to "keep and bear arms."

Debating gun controlupdated: Wed Mar 19 2008 11:06:00

Virginia Tech shooting survivor Elita Habtu and Washington resident Shelly Parker share their views on gun control.

Gun law in sights of U.S. Supreme Courtupdated: Wed Mar 19 2008 11:06:00

The U.S. Supreme Court is tackling one of the thorniest issues in U.S. life -- gun laws and the extent gun ownership can be restricted.

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