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Senators seek deal on gun sale background checks

Could provide boost to key part of Obama’s plan

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan quartet of senators, including two National Rifle Association members and two with ‘‘F’’ ratings from the potent firearms lobby, are quietly trying to find a compromise on expanding the requirement for gun sale background checks.

A deal, given a good chance by several participants and lobbyists, could add formidable political momentum to one of the key elements of President Obama’s gun control plan. Currently, background checks are required only for sales by the nation’s 55,000 federally licensed gun dealers, but not for gun show, person-to-person sales, or other private transactions.

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