Gun Control Forces Struggle to Keep Issue Alive

9:39 AM, May 7, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress' return from a weeklong recess leaves gun control forces facing the same bottom line: They still haven't found five senators willing to switch their votes and revive the rejected effort to expand background checks for firearms buyers.

Both sides in the battle used advertising, noisy town hall meetings and other tactics to pressure lawmakers during their break and shore up support. A few senators who voted against broadened checks last month have said they'd be willing to consider revised legislation, but none have committed to backing anything new.

A new Senate vote seems unlikely until at least early summer. Gun control groups say the hiatus will give them more time to build pressure.

Supporters fell five votes short of pushing expanded checks through the Senate last month.

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