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Democrat Jim Gray calls on Sen. Rand Paul to back anti-terrorism gun control bill

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Gun control is becoming the battleground for the two men hoping to be the next U.S. senator from Kentucky.

Democratic Lexington Mayor Jim Gray is calling on Republican Sen. Rand Paul to support an anti-terrorism gun control bill.

During a news conference outside the Federal Building in Louisville on Wednesday, Gray held up a newspaper headline about the Orlando massacre, saying he wants Paul to reverse his opposition to a bill that would ban gun sales to those on the government's terrorist no-fly list.

“Enough is enough. Senator Paul should tell Kentuckians why he voted to keep the terror gun loophole open. He should explain how many more mass shootings will happen before he takes meaningful action to keep Americans safe,” Gray said.

“Today, here at his office, I call on Sen. Paul to do the right thing. Reverse his position and support closing the loophole so we can prevent suspected terrorists from buying weapons. Do it now before more American lives are lost. Stand up for the rights of citizens to be safe and put the people of America and Kentucky first.”

But when pressed, Gray admitted the bill would not have prevented the Orlando mass shooting because the gunman was not on the no-fly list.

“It may not have prevented this incident, but what Sen. Paul needs to recognize is that legislation is available to him today to vote to help this issue, to support this issue in a meaningful way,” Gray said.

 In a statement, Paul says he supports closing the no-fly loophole, but with some limitations.

"In December, I voted to make sure no terrorist can buy guns in the U.S. The legislation I supported, however, prevented the Obama administration from drawing up a secret list of hundreds of thousands or even millions of Americans who, through no judicial process, are stripped of their rights. Make no mistake, what Jim Gray and President Obama want to do together is take guns away from law-abiding Kentuckians," he said.

Gray says favors “common sense” controls such as closing the gun-show loophole, but says he does not support banning assault-style weapons.

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