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Attorney General Eric Holder meets Tucson shooting survivors

 

Attorney General Eric Holder testifies before the U.S. Sentencing Commission, at the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building in Washington, Wednesday, June 1, 2011. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

More than a dozen survivors and family members from the 2011 shootings in Tucson, Ariz., that wounded former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords have outlined for Attorney General Eric Holder their campaign to stem gun violence.

In an hourlong meeting at the Justice Department, the attorney general agreed with the participants’ request to present President Barack Obama with more than half a million signatures the survivors and family members helped gather.

The Tucson group supports legislation to expand background checks to include firearm sales by unlicensed dealers at gun shows and to list all purchasers with criminal records in the national instant criminal background check system. They want the two presidential candidates to say how they will deal with gun violence. Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler called the meeting constructive and positive.

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