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Sen. Grassley-sponsored gun control bill fails in Senate

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(AP) -
   The Senate has blocked a bill to bolster background checks as votes on gun control got underway in the Senate.
   The vote Monday was 53-47 -- seven short of the 60 needed for the Senate to move ahead on the Republican-led measure.
   The vote was largely along party lines.
   Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley had sponsored the bill to increase money for the background check system. It would have prodded states to send more records to the FBI of felons and others barred from buying guns. The FBI operates the background check system.
   Grassley's proposal also would have revamped language prohibiting some people with mental health issues from buying a gun. Democrats claimed that language would roll back current protections.
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