Senate package on gun control criticized by youth advocates, gun safety lobby for weakened measures
- Year: 2013
- Length: 5:06 minutes (4.67 MB)
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After weeks of speeches and hearings, leaders in the US Senate finally brought a package of gun control bills to the floor today. The measures would strengthen background checks for all gun sales, increase penalties for gun traffickers and straw purchasers, and fund so-called “school safety programs” that feature collaboration with local police. But gun safety advocates are criticizing lawmakers for abandoning stronger provisions to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips, and civil liberties and youth justice advocates vow to oppose more surveillance and law enforcement in schools. On Capitol Hill, FSRN’s Alice Ollstein has more.