Top Senate Dems still short on gun control votes
After latest Fort Hood shootings,top US Senate Democrats still short on background check votes
Associated Press
2014-04-04 03:22 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A day after the Fort Hood shootings, top Senate Democrats say they still lack the votes for expanding background checks for gun buyers.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters Thursday he needs more votes to require more checks of firearms purchasers.

It was almost one year ago that the Senate rejected an effort to require expanded checks. That was a top priority of President Barack Obama following the Connecticut school shootings in December 2012, which killed 20 school children and six adults.

When the Senate rejected the measure last year, Democratic leaders spoke of revisiting the issue.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is a co-sponsor of the measure. He says he has no new supporters, either.

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