BOSTON (AP) — Both Democrats in the race to fill John Kerry’s former U.S. Senate seat are pushing tougher gun laws.

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey met with gun control activists Monday to call on Congress to strengthen federal gun laws.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports

Markey said he supports a federal assault weapons ban, limiting gun purchases to one per month and requiring background checks at gun shows.

He said a proposal requiring liability insurance for gun owners is worth consideration.

U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch said he supports the same measures and backs what he called President Obama’s “reasonable gun control recommendations.”

Lynch said the gun control issue is personal for him. His cousin died in 1996 after being shot nine times.

Lynch also said the only “F grade” he’s been proud of is the one he received from the National Rifle Association.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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