Expanded background checks may well be among Vice President Biden's recommended gun policy reforms in response to the Newtown school shootings. They'd be aimed at closing the 'gun show loophole.' Here's what that would mean.
Recounting the suspect's words, Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the confrontation with the teacher was enough of a distraction to give 28 students time to escape their classroom Thursday at Taft High School.
Michael Bloomberg and Gabrielle Giffords may help to put a new face on the gun-control movement – and try to give the NRA a run for its money when it comes to influencing gun policy. But the movement has a fractious history to overcome.
A deal could soon make New York one of the first states to pass gun control laws following the Dec. 14 shooting in which 20 first-graders and six educators were gunned down with a powerful weapon at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.