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Groups call for closure of loopholes in checks

WASHINGTON — The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, one of the nation’s leading gun control groups, said Friday that it wanted the White House to focus its attention on expanded background checks for gun buyers as part of a broad push to reduce gun violence in the wake of the school attack in Connecticut last month.

The group made the recommendations to Vice President Joe Biden. The New York Times obtained a copy of the document, which stresses that ‘‘closing the massive hole in the background check’’ system is the group’s top policy priority.

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‘‘Calling it a ‘gun show loophole’ trivializes the problem,’’ the document says. ‘‘Universal background checks on all gun sales would have a clear positive impact on public safety, and is also clearly compatible with the rights of law-abiding citizens to own guns.’’

Dan Gross, the group’s president, said he and other advocates still feel strongly about limiting the availability of military-style assault weapons. The group said in its recommendations that any proposals should find ways to ‘‘limit the availability of military-style weapons and high-capacity ammunition that are designed for mass killing.’’

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