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May 2nd, 2013
10:09 AM ET

Newtown victim's daughter on challenging Sen. Ayotte: 'I just want to make my mom a human to them'

Erin Lafferty lost her mother Dawn Hochsprung on Dec. 14th in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Hochsprung was the principal and she died trying to protect her students. In her memory, Erica has fought for gun reform.

At a town hall event Tuesday, Erica confronted Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) who voted against a recent gun control measure. She questioned why the Senator believes background checks are a burden on gun owners.

"I'm just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the halls of her elementary school is not as important," Erin asks Sen. Ayotte.

The senator went on to explain she thinks the problem lies in the mental health reform, but that wasn't good enough for Erica. She joins John and Christine on "Starting Point" to explain how she is keeping the memory of her mother alive through her work on gun control.

April 11th, 2013
11:41 AM ET

Sen. Manchin: Bipartisan background check bill is 'common sense'

Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) on proposed bipartisan legislation requiring background checks for gun purchases.

Filed under: Background checks • Gun control
April 10th, 2013
10:41 AM ET

VIDEO: Are background checks for gun purchases enough? Baltimore police chief and Newtown victim family member weigh in

Baltimore Co. police chief Jim Johnson and Newtown victim family member Jillian Soto on proposed gun control laws.

Filed under: Background checks • Gun control
April 10th, 2013
08:48 AM ET

Could new background check laws change how you buy a gun? Chris Cuomo tests out the current system


Washington (CNN) - A central part of the gun legislation Congress is expected to take up this week is the idea of expanded background checks on gun purchases. But few Americans understand how background checks actually work.

Leaders from both sides of the aisle - and an overwhelming number of Americans in national opinion polls - support expanded background checks before the purchase of guns. But when it comes to specifics, the divide shows.

Meanwhile, some congressional Democrats are pushing not only for expanded background checks, but also for broadening the requirement for records of sale transactions.

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For some Republicans and gun rights activists, the idea of any type of national gun registry is a deal-breaker.

This morning on "Starting Point," CNN's Chris Cuomo goes to a store to buy a gun to see firsthand how the background check process works now, and how new background check laws could change the process in the future.

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Filed under: Background checks • Gun control