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US Senate Democrats Promise Action on Gun Control in 2016 - Senator Reid

© AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin, FileIn this file photo, guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007
In this file photo, guns line the walls of the firearms reference collection at the Washington Metropolitan Police Department headquarters in Washington on Friday, Sept. 28, 2007 - Sputnik International
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US Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said that the Democrats are going work on gun legislation.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US Senate Democrats will be working to get gun control legislation on the agenda at the start of the 2016 new year, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid said at a press conference on Friday.

"One thing that we have all agreed on… we are going to do something more on guns, we are not going to be silent on that," Reid stated.

Stricter background checks and preventing individuals on the terrorist watch list from buying firearms are among the priorities, he added.

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In the new year, Democrats will also be pushing legislation to raise the minimum wage, reform student debt laws and secure equal pay for women in the workplace, Reid explained.

The US Congress has been at an impasse on gun control legislation, despite record numbers of mass shootings in recent years. Democrats have repeatedly and unsuccessfully attempted to pass legislation to impose tighter background checks, and new attempts to prevent individuals on the government’s terrorist watch list, or no-fly list, from purchasing guns.

The Second Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right of Americans to keep and bear arms.

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