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Kirk's Gun Bill to be Named After Hadiya Pendleton

Bill would make gun trafficking a federal crime

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    The Pendletons meet with Senator Mark Kirk on Wednesday following the State of the Union address. The Pendletons, who lost their daughter Hadiya to gun violence in Chicago were guests of the first lady.

    Cleopatra and Nathaniel Pendleton aren't wasting time on asking politicians for stiffer gun penalties.  

    After sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama at the State of the Union address, the parents of slain teenager Hadiya Pendleton lobbied members of Congress asking them to support stricter gun laws.  

    Kirk on Pendleton, Gun Control Reform

    [CHI] Kirk on Pendleton, Gun Control Reform
    Kirk on Pendleton, Gun Control Reform

    That included a meeting Wednesday afternoon with Illinois Senator Mark Kirk.    

    Kirk has introduced a new bipartisan gun trafficking law along with NY Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. The bipartisan bill will be named after Hadiya Pendleton.

    Earlier, Kirk also met with Chicago mothers Annette Holt and Pam Bosley, who both have lost their teenage sons to gun violence.      

    "We shared our stories," Holt said.  "We introduced our children to him (Kirk)."

    Bosley added: "He’s (Kirk is) passionate about it.”  

    All of the parents have been in Washington as part of the Mayors Alliance Against Illegal Guns hope to apply pressure for universal background checks, a ban on assault weapons, and more.