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citizens rally for comprehensive background checks(courtesy KXNT/Smith)

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(Las Vegas, NV) Survivors of gun violence, elected officials, local gun owners, and advocates are in Las Vegas as part of the “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence”.

The stop is part of a 25-state national bus tour over a period of 100 days aimed at urging America’s leaders to support common-sense gun policies.

Participants will come together Monday to voice their continued support for comprehensive and enforceable background checks, and they will urge Senator Dean Heller to reconsider his position on this life-saving measure and take another look at bipartisan background checks legislation that will keep guns out of the wrong hands.

Steven Barton graduated from college and had planned a cross-country trip to celebrate. However, he ended up becoming a victim at the Aurora, CO movie theatre shooting

“The last possible moment when I realized what was going on I put my arm up as a reflex. That’s when I was shot with a shotgun. I was hit in my face, the neck, the chest, the shoulders and my arms and hands as well,” says Barton.

More on the shooting can be read here

33 Americans are murdered with guns in this country. “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” is part of Mayors Against Illegal Guns’ ongoing, national effort to continue raising awareness to the issue of gun violence in America – and most importantly, to urge elected officials to act on behalf of the people they represent.

About Mayors Against Illegal Guns

Since its creation in April 2006, Mayors Against Illegal Guns has grown from 15 members to more than 950 mayors from across the country. We have more than 1.5 million grassroots supporters, making us the largest gun violence prevention advocacy organization in the country.

The bipartisan coalition, co-chaired by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, has united the nation’s mayors around these common goals:
1-Protecting communities by holding gun offenders accountable.
2-Demanding access to crime gun trace data that is critical to law enforcement efforts to combat gun trafficking.
3- Working with legislators to fix weaknesses and loopholes in the law that make it far too easy for criminals and other dangerous people to get guns.

Learn more at http://www.mayorsagainstillegalguns.org

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