Tuesday 20 February 2018

NY mayor in $12m ad blitz on gun control

NEW York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a $12m (€9.3m) television ad campaign to push Democrats and moderate Republicans to back new gun control laws in Washington, writes Nikhil Kumar.

The advert blitz across 13 US states by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group, which is led by Mr Bloomberg, will unfold over Congress's Easter recess and is meant to encourage lawmakers to support legislation to expand background checks when they return to Capitol Hill next month.

Most Americans support tougher controls.

The law, which to the disappointment of many gun-control advocates will not include an assault-weapons ban, will come up for vote in April.

US President Barack Obama vowed to push for tighter gun-control laws in the wake of the December massacre of 20 young children at Sandy Hook.

Irish Independent

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