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Senators focus on background checks at gun violence hearing

Leahy, Gifford, Franken, Kelly
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Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords gets a kiss from Sen. Al Franken as Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), left, and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, right, look on during Wednesday's hearing.

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Of the 76,000 sales denied

in 2010, how many were later completed using one or more of the existing holes in the background check laws, including gun shows and private sales, Mr. LaPierre? It's not the number of prosecutions that are important here, it's the number of sales to ineligible buyers that are prevented.


So the NRA's solution is more enforcement and better mental health screening? In 2006 the gun lobby changed the rules so that the director of ATF, the agency who would enforce the laws, has required a congressional endorsement. Since then the GOP congress has refused to endorse anyone. And any mental health screening would require mental health records, which are specifically exclude from background checks. So both of their fixes are actually things that they already prevent. How can they get away with such BS in Washington?