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Senate on gun control update

The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand Federal background checks on gun purchasers.

An attempt to ban assault-style weapons and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines were also rejected.

The background check measure commanded a majority of senators, 54-46, but that was well short of the 60 votes needed to advance.

Only four republicans voted in favor of the measure, while five democrats voted against it,

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