WASHINGTON (CBS Connecticut) – Three Connecticut lawmakers are urging Congress to expand background checks on would-be gun buyers, reports the Connecticut Post.

Current law requires background checks when buying from a federally registered firearms dealer.

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty want expand those checks to other types of gun sales.

Blumenthal says doing so is just a matter of common sense.

“I don’t think there should be any controversy about dangerous people — men who are about to do harm, or threaten to do harm, to women — barred from having a gun,” he said.

Murphy told a conference organized by the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns that states with universal background checks report that 38 percent fewer women die from incidences of domestic violence.

Esty, whose district includes Newtown, cited the most recent domestic shootings in South Carolina and Texas that have left 11 people dead.

“We will not allow this Congress to do nothing while women, children and innocents around this country lose their lives.”

Blumenthal and Murphy nearly succeeded in bringing the legislation to the Senate floor in April, but the law fell short of the 60 needed to bring it to a vote.

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., has promised to bring the bill up again.

Similar legislation has been introduced in the House by Reps. Peter King, R-N.Y., and Mike Thompson, D-Calif., and endorsed by 186 House members, including Esty.

However, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he wants the Senate to act first.


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