The Washington Times - June 4, 2013, 11:32AM

The group Mayors Against Illegal Guns is running another ad against Sen. Kelly Ayotte, disputing the New Hampshire Republican’s claim that she voted to strengthen background checks for gun purchasers.

In “False Alibi”, Minnesota Police Chief Scott Knight says that it is “a fact” that Mrs. Ayotte missed an opportunity to bolster public safety by voting in April against a Senate bill that would have expanded background checks for gun purchases.

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“As a police chief, I look at facts,” Mr. Knight says in the spot. “Some U.S. senators claim they supported a law to strengthen background checks. They cite this vote. I looked. Their vote actually weakened current guns laws, making it easier for the dangerously mentally ill to get guns. Sen. Ayotte uses her vote for this law as an alibi to claim that she is tough on crime. Don’t be fooled, she voted to kill comprehensive background checks, making us less safe. That is a fact.”

MAIG, which is co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has run several ads highlighting Mrs. Ayotte’s opposition to the so-called “Toomey-Manchin” amendment that would have extended background checks on gun purchases to private and online sales.

Mrs. Ayotte has countered that she supported an alternative proposal that would have strengthened the current National Instant Criminal Background Check System that federally licensed dealers must use.

MAIG contends that the amendment would have weakened the background check system and made it easier for mentally ill people to buy guns.

They also argue that Mrs. Ayotte is out of step with New Hampshire voters, pointing to their own polls that show that 89 percent of Granite State voters support background checks for all gun sales.

MAIG is also running ads against Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona Republican, and Sen. Mark Pryor, Arkansas Democrat.