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Portland Mayor, Chief to Fight Assault Weapons
01/14/2013 11:40 AM ET  
Portland Officials Join Gun Control Advocates

A month after the school shootings in Connecticut, Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and Police Chief Michael Sauschuck are joining a call for stricter gun control laws.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) _ Portland leaders joined Monday in a national effort that includes release of a new television ad by "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" that will air in Maine and other states.

The campaign is seeking criminal background checks on all gun sales, including private sales and sales at gun shows. They're also seeking to renew a national ban on the sale of assault-style rifles and high-capacity magazines, and to make gun-trafficking a federal crime.

Brennan said honoring the memory of the victims in Newtown, Conn., means more than mourning their loss. He said action is required to protect others from assault weapons.

"Today there are 800 mayors across the country that belong to this group and the organization which most noticeable Mayor Michel Blumberg are holding news conferences across the country," Brennan said.

Portland officials said another contributing factor prompting their actions was the Christmas Eve incident of a man who legally carried an assault rifle around Portland.

Photo by Patty Wight.


(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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