California congressional hearing aims to avert gun violence

Dec 14, 2015 1:10 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Advocates for gun safety are among those telling a congressman that closing loopholes in federal background checks and providing more mental health help would reduce gun violence.

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, chairman of House Democrats' Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, held a hearing Monday, less than two weeks after 14 people were fatally shot in San Bernardino.

Gun rights proponents accused Thompson of politicizing the issue at the hearing at the state Capitol in Sacramento.

It was the third anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut that killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

Thompson says he is a gun owner trying to find middle ground. He backs a House bill requiring nationwide background checks at gun shows and for those who buy guns from people online.

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