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Boost for background checks: Senators compromise

April 10, 2013 • National News


Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., left, meets in his office with families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., on the day he announced that he reached a bipartisan deal on expanding background checks to more gun buyers, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, April 10, 2013. From left are Manchin, Nelba Marquez-Greene, mother of victim Ana Marquez-Greene, and Mark and Jackie Barden, parents of victim Daniel Barden. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Conservative senators from both parties announced their support for expanding background checks for gun buyers Wednesday, giving a burst of momentum to advocates of stronger restrictions. But big questions remain about whether President Barack Obama can push significant gun controls through Congress.

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