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Senate rejects Leahy gun control measure

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Several gun control initiatives failed Thursday in the U.S. Senate, including one authored by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy.

Leahy's proposal was aimed at so-called straw purchases, in which someone legally buys a gun but then sells it to someone who would not be able to pass a background check. That practice is already illegal; Leahy's bill would have given police more power to go after straw purchasers. It had bipartisan support with a vote of 58-42, but that was two votes short of the 60 needed.

It was an amendment to the background check bill that was also defeated.

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