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Gun Control Bill Clears First Hurdle in Senate

Posted: Updated: - The U.S. Senate has agreed to hear proposals regarding gun control. In a 68-31 vote, lawmakers rejected efforts by conservatives to block such legislation from being heard.

Gun control supporters needed 60 votes to block the conservatives.

The proposed legislation, in response to the deadly December shooting in Connecticut,  would require federal background checks for gun buyers, strengthen gun laws and increase school safety. Supporters say the measures would make it harder for criminals and the mentally ill to get weapons.

Opponents argue that the restrictions would violate the Constitution's 2nd Amendment and would be ignored by criminals.