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September 17, 2013

Outlook for gun control still bleak after Navy Yard shootings

        The events at the Navy Yard have evoked some sympathy for revisiting the gun control debate--but it's still unlikely to go anywhere.

        "We're going to move this up as quickly as we can, but we've got to have the votes first. We don't have the votes. I hope we get them, but we don't have them now," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told a news conference Tuesday.

          The Senate failed earlier this year to get enough votes to cut off debate on legislation beefing up background checks. Reid was asked Tuesday if he wound consider narrowing the scope of that measure.

            "We would hope it would have the votes. And I would be willing to do that. Anything we can do to focus attention on the senseless killings that take place," he said.

.            "We want to stop people who are felons from being able to purchase a gun. That's what that's all about."


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