Senate rejects expanded gun background checks

Senate rejects expanded gun background checks

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 16: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) pauses as he speaks to members of the media during a news briefing April 16, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats had their weekly Policy Luncheon to discuss Democratic agendas. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on April 17, 2013 at 1:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- The United States Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.

Wednesday's vote was a jarring blow to the drive to curb firearms sparked by December's massacre of children and staff at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. President Barack Obama made broadened background checks the centerpiece of his gun control proposals.

The roll call was also a victory for the National Rifle Association, which opposed the plan as an ineffective infringement on gun rights.

The proposal would have required background checks for all transactions at gun shows and online. Currently they must occur for sales handled by licensed gun dealers.

The system is designed to keep criminals and people with mental problems from getting guns.

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