Senate kills bid to close gun show loophole

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Efforts to ban the private sale of firearms at gun shows without background checks on purchasers have died again in Virginia.

The state Senate on an 18-22 vote rejected the bill Tuesday.

The legislation is introduced and dies perennially, usually before it reached a vote by the full Senate.

The bill advanced to the Senate floor the past two years after a Democratic takeover in the 2007 elections and an advocacy for the reform from families of victims of the April 2007 massacre by a gunman at Virginia Tech.

The legislation would have compelled private sellers at the shows to perform the same federal checks licensed gun dealers must make.

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