Sen. Mark Kirk meets with Newtown families as gun vote looms
April 17, 2013 8:06AM
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk sits down for an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times in January 2013 at the U.S. Capitol, one day before he climbed the Capitol steps, after suffering a stroke a year before. | U.S. Senate Photo Studio
Updated: April 17, 2013 1:07PM
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) is to meet with parents of children killed in the Newtown school shooting massacre this afternoon in Washington as the Senate is poised to vote on a series of gun bills, his spokesman Lance Trover confirmed.
Newtown parents have been meeting with a series of Senators over the last several weeks. Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly met with Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) a moderate Democrat with whom Kirk is close and who led the effort to strike a gun deal compromise.
Kirk has taken an aggressive approach on curbing gun violence, including helping craft legislation that would take aim at gun traffickers and voicing support for background check expansion. He has also long supported an assault weapon ban.
A series of votes are expected at 4 p.m. today.