While campaigners have for years championed background checks and other centrist demands, a new left wing to the movement is calling for bolder policies

After years of careful centrist messaging, many gun control advocates say they are ready for the movement to develop a more aggressive left flank, one that argues not just for moderate gun laws, but that guns themselves are the problem.

When a gunman opened fire on a crowd of thousands from his Las Vegas hotel room Sunday, he was using guns and ammunition that appear to have been purchased legally. Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock, who killed 58 people and wounded almost 500, had no serious criminal record, and a local gun store said he had passed a background check before buying some of his guns.

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