- Associated Press - Thursday, June 30, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - Congresswoman Katherine Clark is joining state leaders on the steps of the Massachusetts Statehouse to call for tougher gun laws, a week after she helped stage a sit-in with fellow Democrats on the floor of the U.S. House.

Clark will be joined Thursday by Democratic officials including Attorney General Maura Healey, Congressman Joseph Kennedy, state Senate President Stan Rosenberg and Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

Clark says the goal of the noon event is to underscore what she says is the strong public support for measures like preventing gun sales to suspected extremists.

Democrats are demanding that Republican U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan allow debate and a vote on gun legislation including universal background checks.

Republican leadership has rebuffed those demands.

Massachusetts has some of the nation’s strictest gun laws.

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