Senator Jack Reed says he thinks background checks would be effective in curbing gun violence. The New York Times reports that opposition to background checks is holding back federal gun control legislation.
Reed says he hopes background checks stay in the bill. “You know if we can’t get the background checks through there’s not much we’re doing in response to one of the great tragedies of recent years,” says Reed.
The National Rifle Association has opposed background checks. Meanwhile Wednesday in Connecticut lawmakers are expected to pass a package of gun control measures, including background checks.
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