Pelosi, Giffords introduce bipartisan gun control legislation

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press | Posted: Tue 4:00 PM, Jan 08, 2019 | Updated: Tue 5:08 PM, Jan 08, 2019 WASHINGTON (AP) — Days after reclaiming the House majority, Democrats are introducing gun control legislation timed for the anniversary of the shooting of former Democratic Rep. Gabby Giffords. Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats introduced a bill to expand background checks for sales and transfers of firearms on Tuesday, the eighth anniversary of the day Giffords was shot in the head at a constituent meeting in Arizona. Giffords, who co-founded a gun safety group with her husband, Mark Kelly, said in a statement Friday she was thrilled that her former House colleagues were responding to a gun-violence epidemic that killed nearly 40,000 people in 2017. The bill expanding background checks "marks a critical first step toward strengthening America’s gun laws and making our country a safer place to live, work, study, worship and play," Giffords said. "I stand ready to do everything in my power to get this legislation across the finish line." Democrats promised swift action on gun control after the party regained the House majority following eight years of Republican rule. Pelosi called the bill on background checks a common-sense measure and cited polls showing 97 percent of Americans support background checks for all gun sales. "Our Democratic majority will press relentlessly for bipartisan progress to end the epidemic of gun violence on our streets, in our schools and in our places of worship," Pelosi said. […]

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