Herrera Beutler's office hears from gun control advocates

Group asks her to support extending background checks for gun sales

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The victim of a high-profile 2006 shooting was one of about 10 advocates who stopped by U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler's office Wednesday to ask the Camas Republican to support universal background checks for gun sales.

Specifically, the group asked Herrera Beutler to support the so-called King-Thompson bill in the House. The bill would require background checks when buying a firearm at a gun show, on the Internet or through a classified ad. The bill makes exceptions for gun transfers between friends and family members.

So far, the legislation has failed to receive traction in the U.S. House, and its companion bill didn't clear the U.S. Senate.

Read what the gun control advocates and Herrera Beutler have to say on The Columbian's Political Beat blog.