Minnesota Gun Owners To Urge Representative Paulsen To Support Common-Sense Background Checks At Press Conference

Aug 29, 2013, 15:09 ET from Mayors Against Illegal Guns


EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Aug. 29, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Gun owners will gather in Eden Prairie on Friday to call on Rep. Erik Paulsen to support comprehensive background checks that will help keep guns out of the wrong hands. Polls have found that 81 percent of residents in Rep. Paulsen's district support common-sense background checks.  Additionally, 82 percent of gun owners nationwide – including 74 percent of NRA members – support this tough-on-crime measure.  

There is currently bipartisan legislation in the U.S. House that would close the loopholes that make it easy for criminals and dangerous people to get guns.  Introduced by Reps. Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Mike Thompson (D-CA), the King-Thompson bill is the corresponding legislation to the amendment in the U.S. Senate introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Pat Toomey (R-PA).  Gun owners will call on Rep. Paulsen to add his name to the list of more than 180 members of Congress who have co-sponsored the King-Thompson bill to keep guns out of the wrong hands and save lives. 

Events details are below:

Eden Prairie

What: Minnesota Gun Owners to Gather to Call on Rep. Paulsen to Support Common-Sense Background Checks

Where: 250 Prairie Center Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55344

When: Friday, August 30, 10:30 AM

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