US gun control activists hope this time will be different

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US gun control activists hope this time will be different

Democratic lawmakers see opening in weakened NRA and popular support for background checks

Lauren Fedor

Democratic lawmakers are hoping that popular support and the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) financial and legal troubles will provide them with an opening to push through legislation to tighten rules for gun ownership in the US.

Chris Murphy, the Democratic senator who has also been a prominent advocate for gun safety laws since the 2012 Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, on Sunday said the political climate had changed in recent years.

“I think the politics have shifted dramatically since 2013, even since 2016, the last time that we had a vote on background checks,” Murphy told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday...

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