Congress makes strides on illegal gun sales
Posted at: 03/07/2013 3:52 PM
| Updated at: 03/07/2013 6:00 PM
By: KOB.com staff
There’s movement in Washington on a gun control bill aimed at combating illegal gun sales. The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill.
The measure would make gun trafficking and the purchase of guns for another person, a federal crime with up to 25 years in prison.
It's the first of several gun bills proposed following the tragic Newtown school shootings.
"I urge congress to move on other areas that have support of the American people from requiring universal background checks to getting assault weapons off our streets,” President Barack Obama said.
Three other bills addressing universal background checks, an assault weapons ban and funding for school security are still under debate.
All four bills are expected to face a tough battle in Congress.
Even so, mayors from across the nation are pushing congress to take immediate action to prevent gun violence.
They released a new public service announcement Thursday. And, some New Mexico mayors made a debut; Santa Fe Mayor David Coss and Tijeras Mayor Gloria Chavez took part. They joined with the 30 other mayors from the group Mayors Against Gun Violence.
The groups want Congress to pass measures requiring background checks for gun sales and to limit sales of military style assault weapons and high capacity magazines.