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Utica Mayor praises consideration of gun check system

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate considered new legislation designed to force states and federal governments to close the loopholes to fix the nation's background check system.

Back in 2007, a mentally ill man was able to buy a gun and kill 32 people on the Virginia Tech campus, and just this year, another mentally ill man also purchased a gun and killed six others, forever changing Congresswoman Gabby Gifford's life.

Utica Mayor David Roefaro was the first mayor in New York State to join the Mayor's Against Illegal Guns group and says many of the crimes committed in Utica are done so with guns from other states - something he says stricter rules would prevent.

"The guns haven't come from New York State, they've come from other states," said Mayor Roefaro. "So many of the crimes that are committed in this area are illegal guns that come from other states. They are guns that have been purchased. That's why we call it the gun show loophole. This is really what it's all about."

Opponents point out that the bill has sweeping language that could strip gun rights from anyone who's sought counseling.

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