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Cummings to push bipartisan gun control bill

Cummings to push bipartisan gun control bill

Responding to gun control loopholes that have proved vexing for police in Maryland and elsewhere, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings will introduce bipartisan legislation Tuesday to impose tougher penalties for people who traffic guns across state borders or buy them for someone else.

The legislation, which has support from at least two Republican lawmakers, would make firearms trafficking a federal crime and would stiffen penalties for so-called straw purchases, in which people buy weapons — sometimes in large volume — for another person who would not clear a federal background check.

Cummings' proposal comes as congressional Democrats and the Obama administration have sought sweeping...