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Hearings on background checks to start in Washington D.C.

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Two times in as many days, survivors of the January 8th mass shooting have been calling for expanded background checks.

In just a few hours these survivors will see if their attempts have paid off. 

This has been an effort three days in the making, a rally on Tuesday at Senator Flake's office, and one yesterday at the site of the shooting.

Yesterday's rally included former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly.  They have been hoping to get the attention of Arizona's newest senator, Republican Jeff Flake. 

Senator Flake is considered a key vote on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  In just a few hours, 8 a.m. Arizona time, that committee will start a hearing on expanded background checks. 

Reports from Washington say members of both parties may have agreement on the issue of mental illness and gun violence. 

The draft clarifies when a person loses the right to receive or have a gun because of mental illness. 

Once the hearing starts Tucson News Now will be keeping an eye and ear on what is happening.  Stay with Tucson News Now for updates as they come in.

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