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Supporters of gun control split on tactics to pass bills

Push for quick acts collides with deliberative plan

WASHINGTON — As congressional Democrats shape their strategy for considering President Obama’s proposals to curb gun violence, sharp divisions are forming between lawmakers who believe the best path to success is through narrowly written bills and a meticulous legislative process, and those who advocate a more guerrilla approach.

Many Democrats, and some Senate Republicans, believe the only legislation that has a whisper of a chance of passing would be bills that are tightly focused on more consensus elements such as enhancing background checks or limits on magazines, subjected to debate in committee and then brought to a vote after building bipartisan support.

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