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LI House delegation on gun control bandwagon

Led by gun-control maven Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-Mineola), the Long Island delegation to Congress has thrown its support behind legislation to address gun violence.

Even Rep. Pete King (R-Seaford) has introduced a background check bill. Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) is poised to reintroduce a measure to stop bad guys from making undetectable plastic guns using three-dimensional printers.

But none of them can match Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) for enthusiasm: he's co-sponsoring no fewer than 14 gun-related bills. "I am a realist. I don’t have any expectation that all of these are going to see the floor of the House or even get a hearing in committee," he said. But, Bishop said, each of them addresses an important issue he wants to see addressed.

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