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Local group wants Senator Crapo to influence debate

Posted: 5:49 PM, Aug 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-07 19:49:26-04

A group with a goal to end gun violence met with staffers of Idaho Senator Mike Crapo Wednesday.

They asked Crapo to encourage Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to allow a hearing on a bill that would require background checks. Dozens of members of the group, called "Moms Demand Action," asked for the meeting in response to the weekend's mass shootings.

“We are a non-profit organization of volunteers of moms, dads, aunts, uncles, survivors of gun violence that we know we can do better by decreasing gun violence. We are supportive of the second amendment and believe with that comes safety and responsibility with gun ownership," said Elana Story, a Moms Demand Action volunteer.

Crapo's communications manager tells 6 On Your Side the senator is not opposed to new legislation, as long as it doesn't impact people's constitutional rights. The communications manager also said Crapo doesn't know enough about any of the current bills to be for or against them--it's something he will need to prepare for if a vote comes on the legislation.