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Jun 14, 2014 — One group demands that "not one more life be ended by senseless gun violence." The two main groups leading the march are funded in part by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg.
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Jun 10, 2014 — President Obama addressed the issue of gun control hours after another school shooting left two dead. He said Washington should be "ashamed" of its inability to pass gun control legislation.
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Jun 5, 2014 — The unnerving presence of young men carrying big guns in fast food restaurants and retail stores is causing consternation — even in firearm-friendly Texas.
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May 20, 2014 — The request is similar to the one made by Starbucks back in September and comes after a the group Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense in America launched a national campaign.
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Apr 27, 2014 — The National Rifle Association's convention drew a counter-demonstration in Indianapolis this weekend, as advocates for gun control pressed their own agenda.
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Jan 3, 2014 — Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the White House says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.
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Dec 31, 2013 — Judge William Skretny in Buffalo rejected arguments from opponents that a ban on large-capacity magazines and the sale of semi-automatic rifles infringed on Second Amendment rights.
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Dec 13, 2013 — On the surface, it may look like the gun lobby ultimately won the political battles that mattered in the past year. After all, Congress failed to pass tougher gun laws. But the reality is more mixed; the result was more of a standoff.
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Sep 18, 2013 — The coffee giant has been wrongly portrayed, it says, as being a champion of "open carry" laws. Now it's asking customers not to bring weapons to its shops.
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Sep 12, 2013 — The effort to override a veto by Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon on legislation that would have nixed federal rules fell one vote shy of passing.
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