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McCain Shills for 'Gun Safety'

Wednesday, 09 May 2001 12:00 AM

In the ad, McCain urges parents to keep their firearms locked up, and he urges children to tell an adult if they overhear another kid talk about shooting anyone. Wednesday's USA Today notes that the ad - delivered by a politician in a movie theater - is a rare phenomenon in a forum that's more often used to pitch popcorn, soda and movie previews.

The campaign, which starts May 18, is not getting rave reviews from groups that support gun rights.

"By urging parents to lock up their guns, McCain would have Americans lock up their safety as well," said Erich Pratt, the director of communications for Gun Owners of America.

Pratt said legislation that forces homeowners to look for keys to gun locks or to fiddle with combinations to gun safes when their lives may be under attack is a dangerous idea.

He said McCain should let law-abiding Americans choose how best to defend their own families.

Sens. McCain and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., reportedly are working together on what they call a "compromise" gun bill, which is expected to be introduced in the current session of Congress.

According to a report in the Feb. 8 edition of Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper, the legislation is likely to include a reworked version of the gun-show "loophole" (requiring background checks on those who buy weapons at gun shows), mandatory trigger locks, and more money and support for law enforcement, aides to both senators told the newspaper.

"This would be an opportunity to chart a third way on stopping gun crime by dedicating more resources to enforcing existing gun laws while also fixing some of the loopholes that persist in those laws," Lieberman spokesman Dan Gerstein is quoted as saying.

McCain's interest in gun legislation, and his ability to generate headlines, might revive public debate about an issue that doesn't loom large in the Republican agenda.

"With Senator McCain joining Senator Lieberman on this debate, you are all but guaranteed it is going to register on the public's radar screen," a senior Senate Democrat aide told Roll Call.

Americans for Gun Safety, the group sponsoring McCain's movie theater debut, describes itself as a nonpartisan, not-for-profit advocacy organization that supports the rights of individuals who own firearms for sport, protection, and collection.

"We also believe that with rights come responsibilities," according to a statement on the AGS Web site. "We seek stronger new gun laws and tougher enforcement of current laws. Our goal is to help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and kids, and to make guns safer in the home."

McCain in recent months has squashed - but not eliminated - speculation about whether he'll run for the GOP presidential nomination in 2004.

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