U.S. Senate sets series of gun control votes

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The Senate will vote this afternoon “on a series of gun measures that may determine the shape of legislation inspired by the shootings in Newtown, Conn,” the New York Times reports. 

Three amendments “are largely Democratic: a provision expanding background checks to firearms bought at gun shows or on the Internet, a reinstatement of an assault weapons ban, and a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines.” 

“Others are Republican: a mandate that any state permit for carrying a concealed weapon be honored by virtually every other state, a broad alternative gun measure aimed at mental health care and school safety, and another helping veterans clear their names to obtain firearms.” 

“Two other measures are bipartisan, one to crack down on gun trafficking and another to bolster mental health treatment.”

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