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Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., waves as she ends her speech at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 15, 2013.

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., waves as she ends her speech at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 15, 2013.

Ayotte in Crossfire: ‘Can’t Bully Me’

Written with Jonathan Salant Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire says opponents “can’t bully me into changing my vote” on background checks for gun buyers. The opponents in this case, she says, are New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President...

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Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America wait to enter the office of Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) at Russell Senate Office Building on April 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. The group held a 'Stroller Jam' event to call on senators to vote to strengthen gun regulations.

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Members of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America wait to enter the office of Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) at Russell Senate Office Building on April 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. The group held a 'Stroller Jam' event to call on senators to vote to strengthen gun regulations.

Kelly Ayotte Gets Her Gun Ads

There may be no one senator spotlighted so intensely about her vote against background checks for gun-buyers as New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte. Fifty percent of New Hampshire voters surveyed by Public Policy Polling after the vote said they would be...

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Boxes of ammunition sit on the shelf at Sportsmans Arms in Petaluma, California.

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Boxes of ammunition sit on the shelf at Sportsmans Arms in Petaluma, California.

Public Reaction to Senate Gun Vote: 47% Negative, 39% Positive

If proponents of gun safety legislation were counting on a public backlash over the Senate’s vote against expansion of background checks for gun-buyers, they won’t find it here: Among Americans surveyed by the Pew Research Center on a subject which...

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

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Sen. Heidi Heitkamp

Heitkamp Gun-Control Vote Puts National Polls in Perspective

As they vow to continue their fight, backers of the expanded firearm background-check measure derailed in the Senate today — beginning with President Barack Obama — are pounding away at poll results showing that 90 percent of American voters support the...

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Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, D-W.Va., left, and Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., arrive at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on April 10, 2013, to announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers.

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Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, D-W.Va., left, and Sen. Patrick Toomey, R-Pa., arrive at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, on April 10, 2013, to announce that they have reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers.

Toomey, Manchin: Read Second Amendment Rights Protection Act

Read it, say Sens. Pat Toomney and Joe Manchin: The Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection Act. In the art of bill title as political statement, this one’s a classic. They put their bill online last night.  Manchin even...

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Members of Newtown, Ct. clergy set up more than 3,300 grave markers on the Mall during a 24-hour vigil to support the gun violence legislation.

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Members of Newtown, Ct. clergy set up more than 3,300 grave markers on the Mall during a 24-hour vigil to support the gun violence legislation.

Senate’s Gun-Control Rebels: 16-2

What do Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Roger Wicker of Mississippi have in common? The same thing that Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Mark Begich of Alaska have in common. They bucked their parties today in allowing...

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A man looks at a shotgun during the 8th Annual East Coast Fine Arms Show in Stamford, Connecticut.

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A man looks at a shotgun during the 8th Annual East Coast Fine Arms Show in Stamford, Connecticut.

Manchin, Toomey: ‘Common Sense’

Updated at 1:15 pm EDT Credit Sens. Joe Manchin and Pat Toomey for doing what too few lawmakers of opposing parties do these days. Talking. The Democrat from West Virginia and Republican from Pennsylvania have just announced their agreement on...

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President Barack Obama wipes tears as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012, in the press briefing room of the White House.

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President Barack Obama wipes tears as he speaks about the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., Dec. 14, 2012, in the press briefing room of the White House.

Sandy Hook’s Legacy: Status Quo

Consider the possibility that these two things are true: – Nine in 10 Americans support the idea of more stringent background checks for gun buyers. The polls say so, and a share such as nine in 10 is so far...

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A man holds a semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

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A man holds a semi-automatic assault rifle for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

Biden on Gun-Rules: ‘Will of the People’

Vice President Joe Biden, who has suggested that anyone interested in assault weapons for home protection should go buy a shotgun instead, also sees no value in mega-clips for hunters. “If you can’t get the deer in three shots, you...

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