Webster Firefighter Shot on Christmas Eve to Testify in Washington

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(AP) A western New York firefighter who survived a Christmas Eve shooting ambush that left two colleagues dead is visiting the nation's capital.

Webster firefighter Ted Scardino was hit in the shoulder Dec. 24 when a convicted felon opened fire as firefighters arrived to battle a blaze just east of Rochester.

U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter, a member of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, says Scardino will testify to the task force Tuesday.

The Rochester-area congresswoman says Scardino will voice his support for legislation to make firearms trafficking a federal crime and impose stronger penalties for people who buy guns for those barred from making firearms purchases.

The weapon used in the Christmas Eve shooting was obtained by the shooter through a so-called straw purchase.

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