Entries in National Rifle Association (3)


NRA Silent Following School Shooting and Calls for Stricter Gun Laws

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Groups and lawmakers in favor of stricter gun laws haven't wasted any time speaking out following the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., but the pro-gun National Rifle Association has been silent.

The NRA, which frequently communicates through social media, hasn't tweeted since before the shooting and its Facebook page has been taken down, a day after the group boasted of reaching 1.7 million "likes.".

On Thursday, a tweet went out from the NRA's official account saying: "@NRA "Did you hear? Our #facebook page reached 1.7 million "likes" today! Thanks for being a friend!"

The NRA couldn't be reached for comment regarding whether the deactivation of its facebook page was connected to Friday's mass shooting.

The debate over the nation's gun laws took center stage on Sunday, when California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she intends to introduce an assault weapons ban on the first day of the next Congress.

Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster .223 semi-automatic rifle at close range to kill children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., last Friday.

Two handguns were also found at the scene, but law enforcement officials described the Bushmaster as Lanza's primary weapon.  A fourth weapon was found nearby.  The weapons discovered at the school apparently belonged to a family member, possibly his mother, according to authorities.

The NRA was a trending topic on Twitter Sunday with thousands showing their support and distaste for the gun lobbying organization, which plays a significant role in American politics.  That role was denied by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his appearance Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press.

"The NRA's number one objective this time was to defeat Barack Obama for a second term.  Last time I checked the election results, he won and he won comfortably," Bloomberg said.  "This myth that the NRA can destroy political careers is just not true."

A number of the Sunday news talk shows including, ABC's This Week, invited an NRA representative on to their shows to discuss gun control. But the programs received a statement from the NRA declining to comment because details of the investigation into the shooting were still pending.

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Appeals Court Upholds Ban on Gun Sales to Those Under 21

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) -- The National Rifle Association has to make a decision whether it will go to the U.S. Supreme Court to appeal Thursday's federal appellate court's unanimous ruling that people under 21 don't necessarily have the right to buy guns.

The NRA and three Texas residents who were not 21 when the case first went to a lower court argued that the Second Amendment guarantees the rights of all Americans to purchase and own firearms.

However, the three-member Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans backed up a lower court decision that gun sales can be regulated to specific groups based on 1968's Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act passed by Congress.

Writing for the court, Judge Edward Prado said, "the present ban is consistent with a longstanding tradition of targeting select groups’ ability to access and to use arms for the sake of public safety."

Prado and Judge Catharina Haynes are conservative judges who were appointed by former President George W. Bush.

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NRA Exec: Coverage of Trayvon Martin â€˜Sensational’

Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- A top National Rifle Association official lashed out today at what he called the “sensational” coverage of the Trayvon Martin case and called violent crime a fact of life, in a speech at the group’s annual meeting in St. Louis.

“Everyday victims aren’t celebrities. They don’t draw ratings, don’t draw sponsors. But sensational reporting from Florida does. In the aftermath of one of Florida’s many daily tragedies, my phone has been ringing off the hook,” the group’s executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said.

It was the first public comment LaPierre made on the Martin case, though he did not once say the name of the teen or that of George Zimmerman.

Martin, 17, was unarmed when neighborhood watchman Zimmerman shot him as he was returning to his father’s home after buying Skittles and tea at a gas station on Feb. 26.

Zimmerman, who claimed self-defense, was questioned but not immediately charged.

Special prosecutor Angela Corey charged Zimmerman on Wednesday with second-degree murder. Zimmerman was arraigned on Thursday and remains in custody in Sanford, Fla.

The attorney representing Zimmerman has said he does not yet know whether he will invoke Florida’s “Stand Your ground” law in his client’s defense.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence is using the case to advocate a “no” vote on the National Reciprocity Act, which if passed, would force states with stricter gun laws to honor concealed weapons permits granted in other states, which have uneven criteria for obtaining a permit.

The Brady Campaign has renamed it the “George Zimmerman Armed Vigilante Act.”

“These new bills would force states with strong gun laws like New York — where Zimmerman never could have gotten a permit — to honor the concealed carry permits of states with abhorrently low standards, such as Florida,” the Brady Campaign wrote on its website.

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