March 12, 2013 |
Here's a riddle: If gun ownership is declining, why are so many guns being sold? According to the General Social Survey, a project of the independent research organization NORC, the number of U.S. households with guns dropped from 50% in 1973 to 34% in 2012. This decline has shown up everywhere, including the historically gun-toting regions of the South and West. According to researchers, just 23% of people in urban areas have guns, compared with 56% of country folk. Even that rural percentage is down from 70% in the 1970s.
January 19, 2000 | ,
Talks aimed at settling the wave of anti-gun lawsuits by major cities have hit a snag because handgun manufacturers are refusing to admit Clinton administration officials to the negotiations. The White House announcement last month that it would throw its weight behind the cities and join them at the bargaining table had been widely seen as boosting chances for a settlement.
June 19, 1999 |
A bitterly divided House overwhelmingly defeated a gun control bill Friday that had consumed lawmakers for weeks, showing just how far from consensus Congress and the country are on the best way to stem gun violence. The modest bill, which included new safety lock requirements and a ban on juvenile possession of assault weapons, lost by a resounding 280 to 147, just 14 hours after the House voted to weaken existing background checks on certain firearm sales at gun shows.
March 9, 1999 |
The National Rifle Assn., mounting a counterattack against U.S. cities seeking to recover millions of dollars in damages from gun violence, has helped draft legislation in 14 states and Congress to bar cities and states from suing firearm manufacturers. NRA supporters in three more states plan to introduce similar bills when their legislatures convene.
May 15, 1999 |
Senate Republicans pushed through a proposal Friday that they said would mandate background checks on people who buy firearms at gun shows and also indicated they would endorse a provision to require safety locks on all guns sold. The Senate voted, 48 to 47, to approve the gun show provision, which Republicans had helped to defeat only two days before.
October 10, 1998 |
Tanya Metaksa, a blunt, no-nonsense voice for the gun lobby in Washington fpr four years, is stepping down as lobbyist for the National Rifle Assn. Metaksa said in a statement Thursday that she is eager to spend more time with her grandchildren. She will remain with the NRA as n advisor to Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre.
June 6, 2000 |
The City Council on Monday urged the National Rifle Assn. not to open a theme store and restaurant in Times Square. The NRA is negotiating to lease space for a restaurant tentatively called The N.R.A. Grille. An adjoining shop is to offer virtual-reality trap and skeet shooting, and hunting accessories. Bill Powers, an NRA spokesman, said the council action would have no effect on the group's plans.
May 23, 2000 |
Charlton Heston was unanimously reelected to an unprecedented third term as president of the National Rifle Assn. in Charlotte, N.C., at its 129th annual convention. He predicted membership would soar to 4 million by election day because "President Clinton's point of view on firearms has united a lot of people." The NRA amended its bylaws to allow Heston, 75, first elected in 1998, to run again. Traditionally, NRA officers are elected to one-year terms and may serve only two consecutive terms.
April 26, 2003 |
Charlton Heston was hailed as "a fearless patriot" and "a defender of personal freedoms" during a tribute in Orlando, marking the end of his tenure as National Rifle Assn. president. Heston, 78, planned to step down as the public face of the gun-rights group on Monday at the NRA's annual convention. He will be succeeded by Kayne Robinson, the ex-chairman of Iowa's Republican Party.
February 10, 1997 |
The head of the National Rifle Assn. staved off efforts by dissidents seeking his removal and gave a passionate defense of his five-year tenure, saying he brought the gun lobby back from "almost certain collapse." The efforts to oust Wayne R. LaPierre Jr., the NRA's executive vice president, at a meeting of the board of directors in Arlington, Va.