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12.04.2013 | 23:31
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New Bipartisan Legislation From Senators Toomey and Manchin Would Expand Background Checks for Commercial Gun Sales;

NEW YORK, April 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mayors Against Illegal Guns today released a new television ad calling on Senators to support bipartisan legislation by Senator Joe Manchin and Senator Pat Toomey that would require background checks for commercial gun sales - including at gun shows and online. A vote on the bill is expected next week. The new ad can be seen here:

The ad will air in Washington, DC and in states - represented by both Democrats and Republicans - where it can most influence the upcoming Senate vote. Those states include:

Georgia - Senator Saxby Chambliss (R) and Senator Johnny Isakson (R)
Indiana - Senator Dan Coats (R)
Louisiana - Senator Mary Landrieu (D)
Nevada - Senator Dean Heller (R)
New Hampshire - Senator Kelly Ayotte (R)
North Dakota - Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D)
Tennessee - Senator Lamar Alexander (R) and Senator Bob Corker (R)

The ad urges viewers to call their senators and urge them to join the bipartisan effort for comprehensive background checks. The coalition also released a fact sheet on the Manchin-Toomey bill earlier this week.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns also announced earlier this week that it is airing ads in Florida that highlight how Senator Marco Rubio's threats to filibuster a vote on commonsense reforms like comprehensive background checks would make Floridians less safe. Looking past Florida and toward a likely run for the presidency, Rubio's threat to filibuster is a play for NRA support and defies the 91 percent of Floridians who want background checks for all gun sales. The Florida ad can be found here:

Below is the script of the latest ad.

The grief was staggering.

And now, more than one hundred days after the massacre at Newtown, the US Senate starts to act.

Some Democrats and Republicans are coming together to support comprehensive background checks on gun sales...that will protect the Second Amendment and help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous criminals.

Ninety percent of America supports comprehensive background checks.

Call your Senators and urge them to join the bipartisan effort for comprehensive background checks.

Demand action. Now.

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 900 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, making us the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country. The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has united the nation's mayors around these common goals: protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable; demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking; and working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns. Learn more at

Erika Soto Lamb: or 646-580-5281
Alex Katz: or 617-721-3779

Contact:Mayor Bloomberg's Press Office(212) 788-2958
Mayor Menino's Press Office (617) 635-4461

SOURCE Mayors Against Illegal Guns

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