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Gun background check fails in Senate, 6 votes short

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WASHINGTON--A measure to broaden background checks for gun purchasers failed Wednesday on a 54-46 vote, falling short of the 60 votes needed to advance. The proposal, in the form of an amendment by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was the first of a series of votes on amendments to a firearms bill.

Vice President Joe Biden--who is leading President Barack Obama's drive to pass gun-control legislation in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Ct.--is presiding over the Senate session for the firearms votes.

Illinois Senators Dick Durbin, a Democrat and Mark Kirk, a Republican, voted in support of closing gun show and other background check loopholes.

The Senate is now taking up the gun fencing and trafficking provisions championed by Durbin and Kirk.

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