The staunch conservative once voted against a bipartisan ban on cop-killer bullets in the House. But after Gabrielle Giffords’s shooting, Cheney said a ban on high-capacity clips might be justified.
The court’s right-wing icon is an unlikely change agent, but he wrote a 2008 opinion refuting claims that the Second Amendment bars all regulation—creating a basis for future legislation.
The independent formed Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group of more than 500 mayors that fights gun-law loopholes, and is expected to keep using his billions to push regulations after leaving office.
The Arizona Democrat’s Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson reawakened support for gun control. By surviving a head wound she serves as a living reminder of the dangers of gun violence.
The New York Democrat, whose husband was killed in a 1993 shooting, is Congress’s loudest voice for gun reform. She and Sen. Frank Lautenberg want to revive the ban on high-capacity clips.