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Mass. Senate hopefuls explain gun views

Gun control legislation screeched to a halt Wednesday after­noon in Washington, but the issue continues to be a flashpoint in the race for Senate in Massachusetts.

Four of the five candidates running for the open seat said they would have voted for the bipartisan amendment expanding federal background checks for gun purchases that failed in the Senate Wednesday. Republican Michael J. Sullivan, a former US attorney, was the only candidate who said he would have opposed the compromise.

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