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Senate blocks Democratic bill to ban the sale of guns to suspected terrorists

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on the Senate votes on gun control legislation (all times Eastern):
    
7 p.m.
    
The Senate has blocked a Democratic measure to ban gun sales to suspected terrorists.
    
The Justice Department had supported the legislation sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California.
    
The largely party-line vote was 47-53. It fell 13 votes short of the 60 necessary to move forward.
    
The vote came just over a week after the massacre in Orlando, Florida, that killed 49 people. The shooter, Omar Mateen, had been the focus of two terror investigations that were dropped. He described himself as an Islamic soldier in a 911 call during the shootings.
    
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6:45 p.m.
    
The Senate has blocked a measure that would have denied a gun sale to a known or suspected terrorist - but only if prosecutors could convince a judge within three days that the would-be buyer was involved in terrorism.
    
The largely party-line vote was 53-47 - seven votes short of the 60 needed to move ahead.
    
The National Rifle Association supported the measure sponsored by Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.
    
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6:20 p.m.
    
The Senate has voted to stop legislation that would have closed the gun show loophole and expanded background checks.
    
The measure was sponsored by Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, who waged a nearly 15-hour filibuster last week to push for votes after the massacre in Orlando, Florida.
    
The vote Monday was 44-56. It fell 16 short of the 60 necessary for the Senate to move ahead on the legislation.
    
Murphy's proposal would have widely expanded the requirement for background checks, even to many private gun transactions, leaving few loopholes.
    
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6 p.m.
    
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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