Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Product Safety and Insurance Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) testifies before the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Capitol Hill September 12, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (AP) - It would seem a lobbyist's dream: rounding up votes for a proposal backed by more than 8 in 10 people in polls. Yet, gun control supporters are struggling to win over moderate Democrats for their drive to push expanded background checks through the Senate next month.
Amid a $12 million TV advertising campaign financed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, gun control groups were holding rallies around the country Thursday aimed at pressuring senators to back the effort. President Barack Obama was meeting at the White House with gun violence victims as well.
Even so, moderate Democratic senators like Mark Pryor of Arkansas and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota are stressing their allegiance to their own voters' views and to gun rights. And so far, many are avoiding specific commitments.
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