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NRA Credits Sarah Palin for Boost in Female Membership

-Christopher Weber

Calling it the "Palin effect," the NRA's Diane Danielson said the former Alaska governor's vocal advocacy of gun rights is helping the group teach 10,000 new women a year to shoot.

Jared Lee Loughner Case: Feds Add Murder Charges, Potential Death Penalty

-Andrew Cohen

A grand jury outlines the full contours of the federal case against the Tucson, Ariz., shooting suspect.

Happy 100th Birthday to the 1911 .45 Pistol, Our Gun of Choice

-James Grady

One hundred years ago, John Browning and Colt firearms produced a pistol for the U.S. military that would become ubiquitous in American culture and crime-fighting.

Gabrielle Giffords for Jon Kyl's Senate Seat? Don't Count Her Out

-Joanne Bamberger

Most assumed Rep. Giffords' severe wound would keep her sidelined in 2012. But with the remarkable strides she's made, perhaps pundits should think twice.

Gabrielle Giffords' Husband Mark Kelly to Fly Space Shuttle Endeavour in April

-Tom Diemer

Kelly, a Navy captain, will command Space Shuttle Endeavor on a two-week orbital mission to the International Space Station.

Poll: Democrats and Republicans Strongly Favor Alternative Energy Incentives, Tax Overhaul

-Bruce Drake

A Gallup poll asked about eight possible actions that Congress could take in 2011 and the two that got the biggest majorities across party lines were providing incentives to develop alternative energy and revamping the tax code.

Bloomberg's New York Investigators Allege Illegal Sales at Arizona Gun Show

-Christopher Weber

In a sting set up by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, detectives discovered gun dealers in Phoenix who sold semi-automatic weapons to buyers who said they probably could not pass a background check.

Second Amendment Case: Law Student Sues Idaho University to Keep Guns

-Michael Ames

Aaron Tribble, who lives in student housing, says a school rule mandating his guns be stored with campus police violates his constitutional rights.

Utah Legislature Considering Official State Gun

-Politics Daily Staff

The Browning semi-automatic pistol, invented 100 years ago, has long been used by the military, and is a source of pride to some Utah residents.

Justice Department Policy Kept Jared Loughner's Name Off Gun Screening List

-Politics Daily Staff

New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said a loophole in the reporting law on eligibility for handgun purchases should be tightened.

Poll: Most Americans See Arizona Shooting as 'Isolated Act' of an Individual

-Bruce Drake

Nearly six of 10 Americans consider shooting incidents like the recent rampage in Arizona to be isolated acts committed by troubled individuals, and the incident has so far not generated significant changes in public views on gun control.

From 9/11 to Tucson: No Wonder Our Politics Are So Paranoid

-Walter Shapiro

Feeling economically and socially dispossessed is supposed to fuel political extremism. But what happens when all Americans feel upended by difficult times?

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