Gun control group focuses on Sen. Mark Pryor with ad

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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) - A gun control group is invoking the 2008 shooting death of Arkansas' Democratic Party chairman with a new television ad questioning Sen. Mark Pryor's vote against expanded background checks.

    Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Friday began airing the 30-second spot featuring a former employee of the state Democratic Party. The group, co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, said the spot would air statewide over the next two weeks.

    The ad doesn't mention Bill Gwatney, the Democratic Party chairman who was gunned down in his office in 2008, but the former employee featured in the ad said in a statement issued by the group that she worked with Gwatney.

    Pryor, a Democrat seeking re-election, has said he believed a competing measure he supported did more to address gun violence.

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