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Chances for gun background checks unclear

GOP senators backed debate, but wary of bill

WASHINGTON — The fate of a bipartisan Senate effort to subject more firearms buyers to background checks remained uncertain Monday as seven Republicans amenable to a gun control debate were still resisting such an expansion.

On an initial showdown over the gun control bill last week, 16 Republicans voted to reject a conservative effort to derail the measure, a roll call that allowed debate on the legislation to begin. Gun control supporters are hoping they can get enough votes from this group to help win approval for expanded background checks, the cornerstone of the effort by President Obama and others to reduce firearms violence.

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