Kathleen Matthews, the former television news anchor running for Congress in Maryland's 8th Congressional District, is focusing on gun regulations in a new radio advertisement her campaign released on Tuesday.

The radio spot, which the campaign said will air on WTOP, quotes President Barack Obama arguing that the gun lobby is "holding Congress hostage," a statement he made earlier this month while announcing steps his administration is taking on guns through executive action.

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"President Obama is right," Matthews says in the ad, which was announced on the day of Obama's final State of the Union address. "The U.S. Congress is frozen with fear."

Matthews says that she would "fight the NRA" for more restrictive background checks on guns and ammunition and would also push for a ban on assault weapons. The ideas largely mirror a policy paper Matthews released on the issue of gun regulations last month.

Matthews is one of several candidates competing for the seat currently held by Rep. Chris Van Hollen, a Democrat who is running for Senate. Other candidates include state Sen. Jamie Raskin, Dels. Kumar Barve and Ana Sol Gutierrez, former Obama administration aides Will Jawando and Joel Rubin and David M. Anderson, a senior vice president at the Washington Center.

The 8th District is based in Montgomery County but includes portions of Frederick and Carroll counties.

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