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Milwaukee Mayor joins in fight for tighter background checks

MILWAUKEE (WXOW) – Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is getting involved in the advertising efforts to support tighter background checks for gun purchases.

The nation's mayors have spent about $12 million on ads that are airing in 13 states to encourage lawmakers support.

When Congress returns from recess, it will take up a bill to expand background checks, crack down on gun trafficking and provide money for school safety.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says, "We're trying to do everything we can to impress upon the senators that this is what the survivors want. This is what the public wants."

However, Executive Vice-President and CEO of the National Rifle Association, Wayne LaPierre, says, "The whole thing, universal checks is a dishonest premise. There's not a bill on the hill that provides a universal check. Criminals aren't going to be checked. They're not going to do this."

The latest ABC News and Washington Post poll shows that 90 percent of Americans support background checks.

But gun rights advocates say current background checks and laws already on the books need to be enforced better.

Lawmakers will debate the legislation next month.

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