Anti-gun groups focus on Pryor with ads, visit

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    Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Affairs, Product Safety and Insurance Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) testifies before the Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on Capitol Hill September 12, 2007 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas is facing pressure from gun control groups urging him to rethink his opposition to expanded background checks for firearm sales.

    Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Thursday brought the father of a student killed in last year's Newtown, Conn. school shooting to Arkansas with the hope of arranging a meeting with the two-term senator. The director of the group also said it plans to soon air radio ads and mail direct mail pieces focusing on Pryor and his vote.

    The mayors' group was co-founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    Pryor is among several lawmakers the group is focusing on for opposing the background checks measure that failed last month. Pryor told The Associated Press he believed a separate gun-control bill was stronger.

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