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Lawmakers continue push for universal background checks on gun sales

State and federal officials are speaking out on the continuing nationwide campaign for better gun control laws following the shootings at Sandy Hook.


Connecticut's two U.S. Senators have held another roundtable discussion about background checks for gun sales.  Richard Blumenthal cited a report that found repeal of Missouri's background check law resulted in 55 to 63 additional gun homicides per year.  The report was by the John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy Research.  He said gun control advocates, groups and lawmakers must work hard to gather statistics on how well laws are helping reduce crime.


The Senators were joined Thursday by representatives of the Brady Campaign, the head of Connecticut police's special licensing bureau and others.  This 20th anniversary of the Brady law being in effect, the background checks have blocked an average of 343 gun purchases a day, 171 to felons, 48 to domestic abusers and 19 to fugitives, per day.


Senator Chris Murphy says it could be a year or more before Congress takes another major vote on gun control.

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