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December 12th, 2011
10:23 AM ET

New shooting on Virginia Tech campus renews gun policy debate – should guns be allowed on school grounds?

Last Thursday's shooting at Virginia Tech College, where a police officer was shot to death while making a routine traffic stop, has redirected attention back to the state's gun laws and renewed debate about gun control.

While gun control advocates will likely use this occurrence to argue that gun control laws should be tightened, gun-rights organizations such as The Virginia Civil Defense League are expected to lobby to prevent state agencies, including colleges, from banning guns on campus this year.

Today on American Morning, Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Civil Defense League, talks with Ali Velshi to discuss how the Virginia Tech shooting could affect U.S. gun laws and to explain his organization's perspective on gun control.

Filed under: Gun rights • Violence
July 12th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

New plan to stop flow of guns to Mexican drug cartels criticized

The Obama Administration is moving forward with a new plan to stop the flow of guns to Mexican drug cartels.

Under the new policy, four border states - California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - will be required to report the sales of high-powered rifles. The National Rifle Association says it plans to sue, calling the plan illegal.

This morning on American Morning, Kiran Chetry speaks with Dennis Henigan, acting president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, and Chris W. Cox, chief lobbyist of the National Rifle Association of America. She asks them about the pros and cons of this new plan.

Filed under: Gun rights • Mexico
June 30th, 2011
07:38 AM ET

Mayor Bloomberg warns against gun show loophole allowing potential terrorists to easily buy firearms

A group of America's mayors are sending a powerful message to Congress on illegal guns. The group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, is saying that they are more than a crime problem – they're a national security danger.

This morning on American Morning, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Ali Velshi, Christine Romans and Kiran Chetry to talk the importance of keeping guns out of the hands of potential terrorists. As co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, he explains why in particular a gun show loophole allows potential terrorists to easily obtain firearms without showing identification.

Filed under: Gun rights • Terrorism
January 12th, 2011
09:34 AM ET

Representative Jason Chaffetz will carry a gun

In the wake of Saturday's fatal shooting in Arizona, which specifically targeted Representative Gabrielle Giffords, Congress is talking about ways in which it can secure its members' safety going forward.

Representative Jason Chaffetz (R) of Utah says he plans to take his security into his own hands by carrying a concealed weapon, as he has done in the past. Rep. Chaffetz has possessed a conceal and carry permit since before his election to office in 2008. While some elected and government officials share Rep. Chaffetz's sentiments about personal security, there are also those who disagree with his approach. Rep. Chaffetz tells CNN's T.J. Holmes how concerned he is about his own safety.

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Gun rights
January 12th, 2011
07:45 AM ET

Senate security official: 'Putting more guns in the mix is not the answer'

Congress members are meeting this morning to review safety procedures on Capitol Hill after tragic events of this past weekend in Tucson, Arizona led to the death of 4 people and left 14 injured, including United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

T.J. Holmes interviewed Representatives Ted Poe and Debbie Wasserman Schultz earlier this week about how and if they planned to change their public schedules in the future. Both said they would not and agreed that their primary responsibility is to their constituents no matter what. But then the question still remains, how do you keep our congress members safe?

Today T.J. talks with the Sgt. Terrance W. Gainer, the Sergeant at Arms in the US Senate and responsible for the safety of United States congress members. Although many security options are on the table, Gainer tells T.J, "Putting more guns in the mix is not the answer."

Filed under: Capitol Hill • Gun rights • Politics
October 20th, 2010
12:07 PM ET
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