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Senators Forward Ideas To Biden About Guns

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Richard Blumenthal (File:Christopher Capiozziello/Getty Images News)

Richard Blumenthal (File:Christopher Capiozziello/Getty Images News)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s two U.S. senators said Friday they’ve forwarded a package of recommendations to Vice President Joe Biden, who is chairing a task force on policy changes in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting.

The two Democrats are calling for the reinstitution of the federal assault weapons ban that includes a ban on high-capacity magazines.

They also want to improve the National Instant Criminal Background Check system. They said many federal agencies do not report the necessary information and an estimated 40 percent of U.S. gun purchases are conducted without a check.

Other proposals include more funding for public mental health services, background checks for ammunition purchases, rules encouraging firearms manufacturers to make safer guns and federal tracking of guns.

“No single solution will be sufficient and we really need an overall strategy that includes mental health initiatives to provide for more services and treatment and earlier detection of people with serious mental health issues,” Blumenthal said.

Biden has promised to forward recommendations to President Barack Obama by Tuesday. Both senators said they’ve already spoken privately with the vice president about their concerns.

Also on Friday, Murphy sent an email to supporters, urging them to sign an online petition demanding immediate action on a proposed federal ban on assault weapons.

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