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Congress to begin gun control debate this week

WASHINGTON — After weeks of sometimes wrenching debate over gun safety, Congress will begin to consider legislation this week that is likely to include expanded background checks for gun buyers and increased penalties for those who purchase guns for criminals.

The best chance at legislative consensus appeared to rest in negotiations between Senators Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, and Tom Coburn, Republican of Oklahoma, over a measure they have yet to introduce that would expand background checks to nearly all gun purchases. Currently about 40 percent of gun purchases do not require them.

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