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Groups protest McConnell gun vote

May. 06, 2013 @ 01:54 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Protesters in Louisville are criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for voting against a bill that would have expanded background checks for gun sales.

A group of about 30 people, mostly women, held signs in front of McConnell’s Louisville offices on Monday afternoon. They dropped off a petition with 1,200 signatures that demanded the senator support “sensible gun reform.”

McConnell voted against the bill last month, and it eventually failed to get a 60-vote majority needed to advance.

The group included members from Moms Demand Action and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.

McConnell’s office said in a statement Monday that “President Obama’s allies have been attacking Sen. McConnell on this issue for months, but his support for Kentuckians’ Second Amendment rights will not waver.”