Orlando, Chicago gun violence at heart of Dems’ new push for regulations

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WASHINGTON -- In the wake of Orlando, congressional Democrats have renewed their push to toughen guns laws. Today, they held a filibuster to force action.  During debate, Chicago’s gun violence crisis came up.

Today, a filibuster on the floor of the U.S. Senate. One Democratic lawmaker vowed to speak as long as he physically can.

Democrats staged the filibuster to push for new gun control laws.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, says lawmakers must take action now or Congress would be, in his words, “complicit in the next killing.”

The senator also raised Chicago’s gun violence problem.

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has gone to the areas of Chicago where we have the most intense gunfire and killings taking place on a regular basis. Here’s what they found: 40 percent of the crime guns that were confiscated after these homicides and killings came from gun shows in Northern Indiana just across the border from Chicago,” Durbin said.

Congressional Democrats are talking about expanding background checks for gun buyers and banning gun sales to people on terror watch lists.

Said Sen. Durbin, “Closing the loophole when it comes to background checks would include and would envision putting an end to what we see in Chicago where 40 percent of these crime guns are crammed into the trunks of cars at gun shows in Northern Indiana with no background checks, and then the people buy them head for the city, to the streets of Chicago to sell them.”

There are signs Republicans may be open to new gun laws. Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump announced today he will be meeting with the NRA about not allowing people of the terror watch lists or no fly lists to buy guns.

“We’re not doing what we have to be doing,” Trump said. “It’s going to happen again and again and again. We are taking in thousands of people into our country and we have no idea where they come from. We have no idea who the hell they are."

The Orlando killer was a U.S. citizen. The NRA says it’s happy to meet with Trump, but its position has not changed. If a person on the terror watch list tries to buy a gun, the NRA supports delaying the sale while an investigation is conducted. But the NRA only supports blocking a sale if there is a court order.