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Senate blocks expanded gun sale background checks

Published 04/17/2013, INFORUM

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats – including Sen. Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota – scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades Wednesday, rejecting tighter background checks for buyers and a ban on assault weapons as they spurned pleas from families of victims of last winter’s school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

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