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Politicians lead varied pushes for new gun laws

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks during a Thursday news conference with a coalition of members of Congress, mayors, law enforcement officers, gun safety organizations and other groups in Washington to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition-feeding devices.

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U.S. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, is working with Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia on legislation targeting gun trafficking.

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Congressman Mike Quigley, a Chicago Democrat, on Friday reintroduced the Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement Act, which is designed to hinder the illegal gun market by improving gun tracking data.

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U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is among several prominent Democrats following President Barack Obama's lead in pushing for tougher gun laws. In Washington on Friday, Democratic Rep. Mike Quigley of Chicago reintroduced the Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement Act, which is designed to hinder the illegal gun market by improving gun tracking data.Illinois' other U.S. senator, Republican Mark Kirk, is working with Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia on legislation targeting gun trafficking.
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    • U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks during a Thursday news conference with a coalition of members of Congress, mayors, law enforcement officers, gun safety organizations and other groups in Washington to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition-feeding devices.
    • U.S. Mark Kirk, a Highland Park Republican, is working with Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Joe Manchin of West Virginia on legislation targeting gun trafficking.
    • Congressman Mike Quigley, a Chicago Democrat, on Friday reintroduced the Trafficking Reduction and Criminal Enforcement Act, which is designed to hinder the illegal gun market by improving gun tracking data.
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