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Senate panel backs tougher rules on illegal gun deals

Grassley is lone GOP member to vote for bill

WASHINGTON — In Congress’ first gun votes since the Newtown, Conn., shooting rampage, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to toughen federal penalties against illegal firearms purchases, even as senators signaled that a deep partisan divide remained over gun curbs.

The Democratic-led panel voted 11-7 to impose penalties of up to 25 years for people who legally buy firearms but give them to someone else for use in a crime or to people legally barred from acquiring weapons. The panel’s top Republican, Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, cast the only GOP vote for the measure.

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