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"Stroller Jam" Moms Protest Baucus' Vote on Guns

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A national group of moms and other gun control advocates took part in a "stroller jam" Thursday, in protest of the U.S. Senate's vote against expanding background checks for gun purchasers last month.

Co-leader of the Montana branch of "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America," Nancy de Pastino, said the group shames Baucus' nay vote, while they wish to thank Senator John Tester for voting in favor of the bill.

"What's important is that we keep guns out of the hands of criminals, and 79% of Montanans support universal background checks," said de Pastino.

De Pastino said the group walked -- and pushed their children in strollers -- to Baucus' and Tester's Missoula office, wielding signs and chanting.

Baucus was one of only four Democratic senators who voted against the bipartisan Manchin-Toomey bill, which would have expanded background checks for private firearm sales.

Spokespersons for Senator Baucus said he believes increasing regulations on law-abiding gun owners would not necessarily make communities any safer.

Members of the marching group say they have no intention of taking away Montanans' right to bear arms, they simply want to encourage Montana senators to vote for sensible gun legislation. Many Montana supporters of increasing gun control say they're not just concerned mothers.

Judith Heilman, Montana Director for Mayors Against Illegal Guns, said she worked in law enforcement for 13 years in California.
"I myself, escaped death three times, by criminals having illegal guns," Heilman said.

Heilman said she's a gun owner, and she knows many Montana hunters and even members of the NRA, who support universal background checks.

Baucus representatives said he does support cracking down on gun trafficking and boosting the enforcement of current gun laws.

Members of Moms Demand Action said ultimately, they want state senators to represent all Montanans in a fair manner.

"So, our hope for today is to yeah, have our voices be heard, and say, there's a lot of us out there who want background checks," de Pastino said.

Members of Moms Demand Action, said they hope the Manchin-Toomey bill will return to the Senate floor, with the help of Senator Harry Reid.

The group has nearly 100 chapters across the country, aimed at building support for common-sense gun legislation.

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