Reid to shelve gun legislation for now

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Friday, April 19, 2013 - 12:00am

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will set aside proposed gun legislation on Thursday without a final vote following the defeat a day earlier of major provisions sought by President Barack Obama and Democrats in the aftermath of the Newtown school massacre, CNN has learned.

A Senate Democratic leadership aide said Reid can bring up the package of gun proposals again if circumstances change and he believes he has the votes for key provisions to pass, particularly a measure to expand background checks on gun buyers.

On Wednesday, a compromise plan to expand background checks to buyers at gun shows and all Internet sales failed to win Senate approval in a major political defeat for Obama and supporters of tougher gun laws.

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