BOSTON (AP) — The state’s top political leaders are calling on Congress to pass stricter background checks for gun buyers.
U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren joined fellow Sen. Edward Markey, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and the families of gun violence victims at a rally at Faneuil Hall on Wednesday to press for tougher national gun laws.
Warren and others are hoping Congress will again take up a bill that would expand background checks to include gun shows and online sales.
Warren said other sensible measures would include better mental health care and putting limits on high capacity magazines.
Earlier this year an expanded background check bill sponsored Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey and West Virginian Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin failed to win the 60 votes needed to advance. That bill would have exempted sales between friends from background checks.