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Delgado, Maloney, Tonko call for Senate to return, vote on gun safety

Aug 09, 2019 1:30 pm
Chris McKenna is reporting for The Fray U.S. Reps. Antonio Delgado, Sean Patrick Maloney and Paul Tonko joined more than 200 of their fellow House Democrats in signing a letter urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to bring senators back from recess to vote on two gun-control bills, following the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings. “We know background checks save lives,” the letter read. “Everyday background checks stop more than 170 felons and 50 domestic abusers from getting a gun.” The bills would increase the time for criminal background checks and would require that a gun dealer to conduct a background check before two people are able to transfer ownership of a gun. The Democratic-led House passed both measures in February. Maloney, a Cold Spring Democrat and member of the House’s Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, said in a press release August 8, that he was calling on McConnell and Senate Republicans to "find the courage to do what's right" and approve the bills. "Anything less is negligence," Maloney wrote. Read the full story at The Fray.