May 22, 1995 |
For many gun owners, guns have become tangential to the debate over gun control. In conversations at the annual meeting of the National Rifle Assn. here over the weekend, it was striking how rarely the subject actually turned to guns. And when guns did come up, they were usually discussed, not as a practical tool for hunting, or even protection against crime, but as a symbol--of personal freedom to some, as a last line of defense against a tyrannical government to others.
May 22, 1995 |
The head of the National Rifle Assn. sought Sunday to distance his organization from the actions of anti-government extremists as he expressed support for congressional hearings on citizen militias and disavowed any NRA connection to the groups. But Executive Vice President Wayne R. LaPierre vowed that the NRA will keep pressing to repeal a ban on assault-style weapons, even as a key senator said the pro-gun lobby lacks the votes.
August 11, 1994 |
Worried that congressional support for a ban on assault weapons may be slipping in the face of fierce opposition by the gun lobby, backers of the Clinton Administration's sweeping anti-crime bill said Wednesday they will seek a showdown vote on the House floor even though they lack the votes to assure passage. In what he conceded was a high-risk gamble, Rep. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.
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April 8, 1993 |
National Rifle Assn. representatives took aim this week at Councilman Ho Chung, who had called for a study of a possible gun control ordinance after last month's slaying of Police Officer Howard E. Dallies. Chung said he was overcome with sadness by the death of Dallies and other innocent victims and was looking for a way "to stop the killing."
March 12, 1993 |
A National Rifle Assn. lobbyist resigned after admitting that he spread unsubstantiated rumors that Janet Reno was stopped on suspicion of drunk driving but not charged, the NRA announced Thursday. David Gibbons resigned as the NRA's director of federal affairs, said Jim Baker, the organization's chief lobbyist. The NRA also apologized to Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "We do not truck in unsubstantiated rumors, and Mr. Gibbons had done so.
June 8, 1990 |
Senate leaders, after an unsuccessful attempt to limit debate, scrambled Thursday to keep alive a politically sensitive anti-crime bill that includes a ban on 14 models of semiautomatic "assault weapons," reinstatement of the federal death penalty and provisions to speed the execution of Death Row inmates. Efforts to strike an agreement salvaging the bill are "going to take several days," Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) said Thursday night.
May 24, 1990 |
In the most striking display yet of politicians' growing willingness to buck the powerful gun lobby, the Senate voted 50 to 49 Wednesday to expand a federal ban on semiautomatic "assault weapons" said to be favored by drug dealers and other criminals. Targeted are 14 military-style rifles and pistols, including seven domestic models that President Bush had refused to add to the list of 43 foreign-made imports he banned under an administrative order last summer.
May 9, 1990 |
Secretary of Health and Human Services Louis W. Sullivan has already made himself conspicuous in the Bush Administration by crusading against smoking and alcoholism. Now he is pondering an even more controversial step: drawing a bead on the nation's gun lobby. That would pit him against one of the most powerful special interests in the capital, one with especially close ties to the Administration. The President, after all, is a member of the National Rifle Assn.