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Bloomberg, Booker Blast Loopholes in Gun Laws

Monday, August 10, 2009

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is expressing outrage at loopholes in the nation's gun laws. Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press", Booker said even those who own firearms think a change is needed.

BOOKER: I'm not concerned about law-abiding citizens having access to guns. Not one shooting in my city last year was by somebody who went, had a background check, bought a gun and shot somebody in my city - does not happen. What we're concerned with is these myriad of laws that create the flow of illegal weapons into our cities.

REPORTER: Booker appeared on the program with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who reiterated the need to get illegal weapons out of the hands of criminals.

BLOOMBERG: There's federal law that says that criminals can't have guns and we should enforce that law and get guns off the streets nothing wrong with the Second Amendment.

REPORTER: Both men are members of a coalition called "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" which has more than 450 members.

Last month, the coalition lobbied against an amendment that would have allowed gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines. The so-called Thune amendment was narrowly defeated in the US Senate.

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