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Lautenberg proposes closing 'gun-show loophole'

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Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg said Wednesday that he has reintroduced legislation to close the “gun-show loophole” that allows private vendors to sell guns without conducting background checks on the purchasers.

“Criminals, terrorists, the mentally ill and other dangerous people shouldn’t be able to walk into a gun show and walk out with guns and assault weapons, no questions asked,” Mr. Lautenberg, New Jersey Democrat, said. “Closing the gun-show loophole is a simple step that we can take to increase gun safety and prevent dangerous weapons from getting into the wrong hands.”

President Obama, as part of his push to enact gun controls, has proposed conducting universal background checks on gun purchasers.

The bill has attracted 13 Democratic co-sponsors in the Senate, including Sens. Dianne Feinstein of California. Mrs. Feinstein, along with other members of Congress, is planning to announce legislation on Thursday regarding military-style, so-called assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines. Mr. Lautenberg and Rep. CarolynMcCarthy, New York Democrat, already have announced legislation to ban high-capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

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