Gun Control

Will the GOP-led Congress further loosen gun restrictions?


In April, Donald Trump became the first president in a quarter-century to speak at the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention, a sign that his views on guns align with those of the powerful gun lobby. While federal courts in late 2016 and early 2017 dealt blows to gun-rights proponents, a Republican-led Congress and the White House this year have begun rolling back Obama-era firearms restrictions. Several states are considering loosening gun-control policies, and two have enacted laws allowing residents to carry concealed firearms without first obtaining a permit or training. In Connecticut, families of some of the two dozen victims of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre continue to pursue legal action against the maker of the gun used by the shooter.

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