Both Sides Hunt Support in Background Check Fight

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican opposition is growing to a bipartisan Senate plan for expanding background checks for firearms buyers. But both sides are still competing for support for one of the pivotal amendments in the gun control fight.

The Senate planned to resume debating broad gun legislation Tuesday. First up is an amendment by a Democratic and a GOP senator expanding background checks to gun shows and online transactions.

Some senators expect the showdown vote on background checks to be delayed until late this week, giving both sides more time to lobby.

The two sponsors might accept a change exempting gun owners living far from firearms dealers - maybe attracting votes from Alaska's and North Dakota's senators. The idea was described by a Senate aide speaking anonymously because the discussions were private.

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