US President Barack Obama's gun control drive in the wake of the Newtown massacre suffered a major setback Wednesday when the Senate voted down expanded background checks on firearms buyers.
Women of the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, speaks with staffers of New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayote at her Capitol Hill office in Washington April 17, 2013. The US Senate on Wednesday rejected bipartisan legislation that would have expanded background checks for firearm sales.
The measure, which would have required background checks on sales at gun shows and on the Internet needed 60 votes for approval, but it fell well short, 54-46, as a handful of Democrats either facing tough re-election challenges in 2014 or from pro-gun states stood in opposition of the amendment.
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