Gun Control Group Targets Va. Congressional Candidate

October 28, 2010

A national gun control group is targeting a northern Virginia congressional candidate for refusing to take a stand on closing the so-called gun-show loophole.

Americans United for Safe Streets began running a television ad and distributing mailers in the 11th District this week attacking Republican Keith Fimian, who is in a rematch against freshman Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly.

Connolly has advocated closing the loophole, which allows private sellers at gun shows to avoid performing background checks on buyers.

The ad features Omar Samaha, whose sister Reema was killed one of 32 people killed by a student gunman at Virginia Tech in 2007. The victims' families have advocated stricter gun laws.

Fimian's campaign did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

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