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Bloomberg Uses Candidates to Argue for Tighter Gun Laws

By Michael D. Shear
A coalition of big-city mayors is using the words of the three presidential candidates as backing for their mission to enforce stricter gun control.

The group, called Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has released a television ad that shows Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain each calling for legislation to close the loophole that allows guns to be sold at gun shows without the same checks as in a store. The release coincided with the group's annual summit in Washington today.

"I'll be on your side for closing the gun show loophole," says Clinton in an unidentified speech in 2000.

"Crack down on the gun show loophole," Obama says from a podium.

"Convicted felons have been able to buy thousands of guns at gun shows because of a loophole in the law," McCain says -- in an ad he made eight years ago.

The group, led by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is pushing for stricter gun laws. The mayors said they were hoping to offer evidence of the bipartisan support behind their mission.

The ad will run nationwide on cable systems and will be broadcast in Pennsylvania in advance of the Democratic primary next week.

By Web Politics Editor  |  April 14, 2008; 7:06 PM ET
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