Colorado

Apr 20, 2010 10:01 AM by Associated Press

Columbine dad uses ads to urge support for gun show checks

The father of Columbine High School shooting victim Daniel Mauser says the 11th anniversary of the tragedy will be a quiet day for him, as he and his family visit the cemetery.

In full-page newspaper ads yesterday, Tom Mauser urged Sen. Mark Udall to support a bill to expand criminal background checks at gun shows nationwide. The two student gunmen at Columbine used weapons purchased at a gun show.

After the shootings, Colorado voters approved a law closing the so-called gun show loophole. Tom Mauser wants Udall to support a bill closing it nationwide.

The Democrat's office says the senator respects Mauser and supported the passage of Colorado's law. A spokeswoman says he'll review the bill's language, but won't make his decision, "in response to pressure from newspaper, radio or television ads."

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