Schumer vows list of gun control measures in response to Charleston

Chris Eger for reports:

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is calling for a host of new measures from background checks to magazine bans in the wake of the attack on Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina.

The senior senator from New York announced he would help lead a charge to mandate Brady-style background checks on private gun sales, limit sales of some types of magazines and increase reporting of those prohibited from possessing firearms from states to the federal database.

Schumer, recently endorsed to succeed Sen. Harry Reid as Senate Democratic Leader and author of the 1993 bill that brought mandatory background checks to over-the-counter sales, cited the recent mass killing in Charleston as a reason to renew the push for gun control.

“If there is anything that the massacres in South Carolina, Newtown, Virginia Tech, Aurora and so many other places have taught us, it’s that we should be doing everything in our power to prevent weapons from falling into the hands of hateful, evil-doers and the mentally disturbed,” Schumer said in a statement Monday. “It makes no difference when guns are sold or who are selling them – we must prevent deadly weapons from falling into the wrong hands.”

Schumer contends that his proposed changes would still respect constitutionally-protected gun rights.

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