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Wider checks on guns rejected in Senate

WASHINGTON — Compromise legislation to expand mandatory background checks for gun sales failed Wednesday in the Senate, killing the best hope for proponents seeking action following the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre and prompting President Obama to label it “a pretty shameful day for Washington.”

In an emotional Rose Garden statement after the vote, Obama accused gun-rights groups of distorting the debate to help block the most significant gun legislation that stood a chance of passage.

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