- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - A national gun-control group says Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is one of two politicians at the heart of its first foray into the 2014 election season.

Everytown for Gun Safety said Tuesday it will air television ads in the Portland market featuring Paul Kemp, the brother-in-law of Clackamas Town Center shooting victim Steve Forsyth. Kemp calls for expanded background checks on gun buyers and says he’s supporting Kitzhaber.

Kitzhaber has unsuccessfully urged state lawmakers to support tougher gun laws, including a background check requirement. Authorities say the gun in the 2012 Clackamas mall shooting was stolen.

Everytown, backed by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is also airing ads supporting a congressional candidate in Illinois. The group says it plans to increase its political activity around the country in the coming weeks.

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