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Group takes aim at McKeon on gun control

Posted: February 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: February 23, 2013 2:00 a.m.

Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, was placed firmly in the crosshairs of the nonprofit advocacy group Organizing for Action on Friday after the group rolled out an advertising campaign urging the congressman to support new gun-control measures.

During a nationwide “Day of Action” campaign on Friday, the group released advertisements asking Republican legislators, including McKeon, to support legislation that would require universal background checks on prospective gun buyers.

Such advertisements appeared on The Signal’s website Friday.

Organizing for Action is a nonprofit organization founded to push agenda initiatives that are supported by President Barack Obama, including gun control, climate change policies and immigration reform.

Michael Kulka, the president of the local Democratic Alliance for Action, said he was not aware of any local activities as a part of Friday’s campaign.

“The Democratic Alliance for Action is not directly affiliated with Organizing for Action, although I suspect most of our members do support their goals and activities,” Kulka wrote in an email. “As such, they do not communicate to us of any specific actions on their part.”

McKeon spokeswoman Alissa McCurley said Friday she was not aware the congressman was among the legislators named in Organizing for Action’s advertisements.

But such efforts will not change the way McKeon approaches potential gun control legislation, McCurley said.

“The congressman has, from day one, said he would review any sort of legislative action on gun control personally,” McCurley said. “But he is not in favor of anything that would curtail Second Amendment rights.”

McCurley also said she could not comment on whether McKeon would support the proposed background check legislation, since “the devil is always in the details.”

“With an issue as serious as this, with constitutional rights on the line and an epidemic of gun violence in our country, we really want to be smart with what actions we take,” McCurley said. “And that means waiting until all the details are fleshed out.”


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