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Gun control risks losing momentum as impeachment fever rises

11 months 4 weeks 1 day ago Tuesday, October 01 2019 Oct 1, 2019 October 01, 2019 10:55 PM October 01, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) - As impeachment fever overtakes Washington, the progress made on stemming gun violence risks falling by the wayside. But gun control advocates are determined to prevent that from happening.

Ten White House hopefuls will be in Las Vegas for a forum on gun policy on Wednesday - almost two years to the day after a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

The forum is an effort to keep gun violence front and center of the debate.

Polls show that a majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws. But negotiations between President Donald Trump's administration and lawmakers over background checks have stalled in recent weeks. The effort faced long odds even before the impeachment inquiry.

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