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Murphy, stumping in Ohio for Clinton, Strickland, presses gun control

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy filibusters on the Senate floor Wednesday.

WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy is testing the political effectiveness of his push for stricter gun laws in Ohio, a battleground for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump and a state that could help decide control of the Senate. In an odd pairing, Murphy is trying to help elect Ted Strickland, a Democrat who was once one of the fiercest defenders of Second Amendment rights on Capitol Hill. Continue Reading →

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Larson, Lewis meet with Speaker Ryan, but no deal on gun bills vote

Democratic U.S. Reps. John Lewis, left, and John Larson following their meeting with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

WASHINGTON – Democratic U.S. Reps. John Larson and John Lewis met with House Speaker Paul Ryan late Tuesday, and receiving no assurances that votes would be held on gun control legislation, said they will continue their campaign to pressure House GOP leaders. Continue Reading →

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Senate rejects Murphy background-check provision and ‘terror gap’ bill

Sen. Chris Murphy speaks last month on legislation to expand background checks for gun purchasers.

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WASHINGTON — For the second time since the slaughter at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the U.S. Senate has rejected an effort to expand FBI background checks of gun purchasers. Lawmakers also killed an effort to bar those on the terrorist watch list from purchasing weapons, as well as two competing GOP proposals. Continue Reading →

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After Orlando shooting, lawmakers renew push for gun reform

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, center, addressed reporters during a press conference with U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy and U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty Monday.

Less than 36 hours after a shooting at an Orlando nightclub left 50 people dead and more than 50 others injured, three Connecticut lawmakers renewed their calls for federal action to combat gun violence, including increased background checks, a ban on the sale of assault weapons and a ban on the purchase of any weapons while on the FBI’s terrorist watchlist. Continue Reading →

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Newtown father lonely voice as Senate panel blasts Obama gun moves

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WASHINGTON – Mark Barden ,who lost his 7-year-old son Daniel in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was outnumbered but undaunted Wednesday at a Senate hearing on President Obama’s recent moves to tighten gun laws. “I am before you today as an informed, proud American. These modest proposals will go a long way toward not only saving lives, but also improving quality of life,” he said. “And I am before you today as a grieving father who knows firsthand the cost of inaction.”
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Obama’s action on guns fulfills promise to Newtown families

Obama wipes away tears as Jimmy Greene, left, who lost his daughter Ana in the Sandy Hook shootings, looks on.

WASHINGTON — Tearing up as he spoke of the slaying of 20 Newtown first-graders, President Obama made an emotional appeal to the nation for support of his gun-control initiatives on Tuesday, saying, “Every time I think about those kids, it makes me mad.” Continue Reading →

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A transcript of Obama’s remarks on gun control

Preside Obama embraces Mark Barden, whose son was killed at Newtown.

“The United States of America is not the only country on Earth with violent or dangerous people. We are not inherently more prone to violence. But we are the only advanced country on Earth that sees this kind of mass violence erupt with this kind of frequency. It doesn’t happen in other advanced countries. It’s not even close.” Continue Reading →

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With Congress deadlocked, CT senators press Obama on gun checks

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WASHINGTON – Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Chris Murphy and other gun control advocates have switched their focus from Congress to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue to try to close what they call loopholes in the FBI background checks of gun buyers. Continue Reading →

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CT senators introduce bill to close ‘loophole’ in checks of gun buyers

Conecticut U.S. Sens. Chris Murphy, left, and RIchard Blumenthal discuss gun legislation introduced Wednesday.

WASHINGTON – Joined by several of their Democratic colleagues, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy on Wednesday fulfilled a promise to introduce a bill aimed at closing a “loophole” in federal gun laws that allows a gun sale to proceed if an FBI background check is not completed in 72 hours. Continue Reading →

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