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Gun lobby has some chits to collect on Judiciary Committee

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Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., left, has received backing from gun control supporters while gun rights backers gave big to Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

When National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre faces the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee this morning in the first congressional hearing about gun control since the last month's massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, he'll be facing lawmakers who have strong feelings about his organization. Some of them have reason to feel grateful for the NRA's financial support; others have reason to resent its opposition.

Other witnesses scheduled to testify include Mark ...

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Gabrielle Giffords: From gun victim to gun control lobbyist?

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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz.As the debate over President Barack Obama's proposed gun legislation heats up on Capitol Hill, gun control advocates have a potential ace in the hole: Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., the victim of a horrific incident of gun violence that interrupted a once-promising political career, is about to become eligible to lobby.

For Giffords, tomorrow marks the end of the official one-year "cooling off" period that former House members face when they leave office before they can lobby their former colleagues, according to Sunlight's post-employment lobbying tracker. Should she wish, she will be permitted to register as a ...

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