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Mayors Against Illegal Guns weigh in on background checks

Written by Megan Lello and Radio Pennsylvania | Mar 31, 2013 7:37 AM

(Washington, DC) -- A group of mayors calling for changes in gun laws has released a study on the potential impact of universal background checks.  

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The Mayors Against Illegal Guns report says such checks on all sales wouldn't be a burden to gun sellers.

The organization's director, Mark Glaze, says changes are needed since gun stores have become increasingly commonplace in Pennsylvania. "99.97 percent of people who live in the Keystone state live within ten miles of a gun dealer. That's more than there are post offices. So, if it's easier to get a background check than it is to buy stamps, and you can save a lot of lives, I think the Senators and House members from Pennsylvania ought to be supporting this reform."

Glaze says in states that require universal background checks, cases of gun trafficking, suicide, and domestic violence-related deaths have dropped.

Several midstate mayors, including Linda Thompson of Harrisburg, Rick Gray of Lancaster, and Kim Bracey of York, belong to the group.

The National Rifle Association has pushed back on calls for universal background checks.

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Comments: 2

  • stuff.it6 img 2013-03-31 10:05

    Of course the MAIG says their stats are good, why should they care what we the people go through to protect ourselves as they have armed security and travel overseas with their armed security to gun free countries. Their background bill would only put law abiding citizens into criminal activity within days. Read the bill........

  • Mark Crist img 2013-03-31 11:05

    "The organization's director, Mark Glaze, says changes are needed since gun stores have become increasingly commonplace in Pennsylvania." So, since there is an increase in gun stores, there is a need for universal background checks? I'm not getting it...

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