Women become increasingly involved in gun groups

By Lauren Loftus and Natalie Krebs

Thanks in part to targeted marketing, more women are buying guns for protection and sport

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… nity,” Franco said of her role as a commentator. Petite with unwavering energy and a thick Venezuelan accent, Franco says she’s reached her goal to be …"

Decades old gun control debate reshaped by new advocacy groups

The gun control movement has made significant gains in recent years, but the NRA remains king of the hill

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… s on their side,” said Karen Callaghan, a political science professor at Texas Southern University who is writing a book on the NRA. Their members are l …"

"… In May, the NRA called the tactics of another gun rights group, Open Carry Texas, “downright weird.” After protest from the group, which carries long g …"

"… r protest from the group, which carries long guns in public to protest the Texas ban on the open carry of handguns, the NRA pulled the release from its web …"

"… Heller, the NRA began opening up to new demographics, said Callaghan, the Texas Southern University political science professor. In the last few years, i …"

Lobbying dips overall, but the beat goes on for guns, drugs and agriculture

By Dave Levinthal

But third-quarter expenditures are down for many special interests.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… esentative for the association could not be reached for comment. Ahead of Obamacare implementation on Oct. 1, drug makers Amgen Inc. ($2.52 million) and G …"

"… r spent a healthy $820,000 during the third quarter. “We know President Obama and Harry Reid are counting votes and will move to pass any gun control bi …"

Gun lobby's money and power still holds sway over Congress

By Alan Berlow and Gordon Witkin

But lawmakers' fear may not be entirely justified.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Majority Leader":

"… mocrats also voted against the background check amendment, although Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid did so to preserve his right under the Senate’s arcane rules …"

As firearm ownership rises, Florida gun murders increase

In the last decade, gun murders in Florida have surged 38 percent. Experts are divided about the cause.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gary Kleck":

"… people to carry firearms, leading to more opportunities for gun murders. Gary Kleck, a criminology professor at Florida State University and an expert on guns …"

Gun groups hire new lobbyists to storm Capitol Hill

By Dave Levinthal

Pro-gun, anti-gun groups register new government affairs representatives.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… nbsp;National Association for Gun Rights registered Christopher Kuper, its director of federal legislation, as its first-ever federal lobbyist, filings show. …"

Current gun debate may not help beleaguered ATF

By Alan Berlow

Federal gun cops handicapped by weak laws, stagnant budgets and Congressional restrictions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "director":

"… and Explosives. Yes, the president announced his nomination of a full-time director for the long-leaderless agency —widely known as ATF — and some of the …"

"… eemed able to shake its connection to booze. It has had only one prominent director, Eliott Ness, made famous in the TV series "The Untouchables," who ra …"

"… dgment in the absence of effective supervision from headquarters. ATF director Stephen Higgins resigned. Months before the Fast and Furious revelations, …"

"… t and Furious led to the resignation of Kenneth Melson, the ATF’s acting director at the time of the operation, and a top Justice Department official. Two A …"

Super Bowl ad cost Mayors Against Illegal Guns $100,000

By Michael Beckel

Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against Illegal Guns drops $100K on ad during NFL's biggest game of the year, new records show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… l efforts than Mayors Against Illegal Guns or other gun control advocates. …"

"… h Federal Communications Commission requirements. Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, told the Center for Public Integrity that his organization targeted Washi …"

"… wl, when the New York Giants were pitted against the New England Patriots, Mayors Against Illegal Guns also sponsored an ad. That message featured Bloomberg and Menino touting t …"

"… "keep guns out of the hands of criminals." Bloomberg and Menino launched Mayors Against Illegal Guns in 2007, and the coalition now has more than 800 members, including mayors …"

Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns: 'Money is not all that matters'

By Michael Beckel

Mayors Against Illegal Guns sees 'intensity' on its side as its pitted against the National Rifle Association.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… fety measures in the wake of the December mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., Mayors Against Illegal Guns will be pitted against the deep-pocketed National Rifle Association. That …"

"… ational Rifle Association. That doesn't faze Mark Glaze, director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a nonprofit launched in 2007 by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and …"

"… e Center for Public Integrity. "Intensity matters a lot." Glaze said that Mayors Against Illegal Guns has seen more than 500,000 new supporters since the tragic shooting at San …"

"… there were before," Glaze said. Nevertheless, the NRA has dominated Mayors Against Illegal Guns when it comes to recent influence spending. Congressional records indicat …"

Donor profile: Michael Bloomberg

By Alexandra Duszak

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… deral lobbying (2007-2012): $4.4 million by Bloomberg LP; $830,000 by Mayors Against Illegal Guns Lobbying issues: Gun control, regulation of radio and television broadcas …"

"… couples and education reform. Bloomberg also contributed $3.1 million to Mayors Against Illegal Guns Action Fund, a “social welfare” nonprofit he co-founded and co-chairs …"

Badly flawed background check system fails to contain firearms sales

By Rick Schmitt

Background check system is plagued by a host of data problems, loopholes and disputes over just who should be barred.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mayors Against Illegal Guns":

"… e a case for tougher laws and policies.  Legislation developed by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns -- a coalition of more than 500 mayors led by Michael Bloomberg of New Yor …"