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Published March 25, 2013, 09:31 PM

Gun Control Talks to Heat Up this Week

The battle over gun control is set to intensify this week as two of the most influential voices in the debate fight to win over voters. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NRA's Wayne LaPierre each claim their views on guns have the support of the overwhelming number of Americans.

By: Tahman Bradley, ABC News

The battle over gun control is set to intensify this week as two of the most influential voices in the debate fight to win over voters. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the NRA's Wayne LaPierre each claim their views on guns have the support of the overwhelming number of Americans.

More than 100 days since the Newtown tragedy, Congress is now set to take up new gun control measures. Opponents and supporters of tougher gun laws are gearing up for a fight.

Bloomberg: "This is what the survivors want. This is what the public wants."

LaPierre: "It slows down the law-abiding and does nothing to anybody else."

The Senate will soon begin debating a bill to expand background checks on gun purchases, crack down on gun trafficking and provide additional funding for school security. But what the bill will not include is a ban on military style weapons. Those in favor of stricter gun laws are getting a big lift from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who's pouring 12 million dollars of his personal fortune into TV commercials in more than a dozen states, targeting wavering lawmakers.

The latest ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that 90 percent of Americans support background checks, but the NRA opposes new gun legislation. Instead, they want to improve the current background check system and enforce laws already on the books, particularly those that keep guns from the mentally ill.

Karl Rove: "If there's one thing that scares a lot of people who believe in the second amendment, it's the federal government keeping a national registry of gun sales, purchasers and gun owners."

Senator Joe Manchin, a conservative democrat, is reportedly in talks with the NRA about expanding background checks. A deal with the NRA could help stop a Republican filibuster in the senate.

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