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California Congressional Hearing Aims To Avert Gun Violence


(AP) - Less than two weeks after 14 people were fatally shot in San Bernardino, a California congressman is hosting a hearing aimed at finding ways to reduce gun violence.

It's the latest step by proponents who say Congress must do more after a series of shootings that have killed dozens across the country.

U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson of St. Helena is chairman of House Democrats' Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. He is leading Monday's hearing at the state Capitol in Sacramento.

It falls on the third anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 first-graders and six educators in Connecticut.

Invited witnesses include a gun show dealer from Arizona and a gun club owner from California, along with law enforcement officials and gun control advocates.

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