AG Holder urges senators to confront gun violence
by Associated Press Wire
March 06, 2013 10:15 AM | 417 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder answers questions from the audience following an address at the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth, Mass., Friday, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder answers questions from the audience following an address at the University of Massachusetts School of Law in Dartmouth, Mass., Friday, March 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is urging Congress to confront gun violence by requiring universal background checks, imposing tougher penalties on traffickers and banning high-capacity magazines and military-style assault weapons.

In prepared remarks, Holder tells the Senate Judiciary Committee that Congress should eliminate what he called misguided restrictions requiring federal agents to allow older weapons to be imported into the United States.

The attorney general also urged senators to confirm a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency has been without a Senate-confirmed leader for six years. ATF has been mired in a long-running controversy stemming from a botched gun smuggling investigation in Arizona. ATF agents lost track of about 1,400 of more than 2,000 illicitly acquired weapons in the operation.

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