Local religious leaders calling for stronger gun laws

CINCINNATI - A group of more than 45 religious leaders from across Ohio are urging lawmakers to support and enact stronger gun control legislation.

"Ohio Faith Leaders for the Prevention of Gun Violence" which includes a list of bishops, reverends and rabbis will publicly release letters urging senators Rob Portman, Sherrod Brown and fellow lawmakers to support or continue to support reasonable, commonsense measures to reduce gun violence.

In their letter being publicly issued Thursday morning, the diverse group of leaders is urging lawmakers to support universal background checks on gun sales, to support a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and to make gun trafficking a federal crime.

The letter comes the same week Senate Democrats dropped the assault weapons ban from the gun control package. However, Vice President Joe Biden says the Obama administration is not giving up on the assault weapons ban.

Wednesday House Speaker John Boehner reiterated his support for better enforcement of the current background check system which signals an uphill battle for gun legislation in the republican-controlled House. The Senate will debate the gun control package next month.


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