Nearly four months after the shooting deaths of 20 schoolchildren and six others in Connecticut, the Senate moved closer Wednesday to a vote on a package of gun-related legislation, in a turnaround for supporters of new gun restrictions whose efforts have faltered in recent weeks. It took bipartisan negotiations between two senators with impeccable gun-rights credentials to put the vote within reach. Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., announced Wednesday a proposal to extend background checks to gun shows and online sales. Their compromise falls short of the universal measure gun control advocates sought because it would exempt private transactions between friends and family members.
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