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Maine Couple Says Obama's Gun Actions are 'Progress'

A South Portland couple whose daughter died 6 years ago of complications from being shot in her Portland apartment were at the White House yesterday as President Barack Obama announced executive actions that would tighten criminal background checks for gun sales.

Judi Richardson says the president has done what Congress has failed to to.

"I think this is progress for the president to stand up and do something," she says. "The president's action is meaningful because it will help enforce the existing federal law that requires that people who sell guns as a business to get licensed and to run background checks."

But she says while Obama's plan narrows the gap, it doesn't close it completely.

The Richardsons are sponsors of a citizen initiative that would require background checks for almost all gun sales in Maine. They're hoping to gather enough signatures to put the measure before Maine voters next fall.