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Congress in gun law gridlock after deadly shootings

A customer looks over weapons for sale at the Pony Express Firearms shop in ParkerBy Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers have dropped a Republican effort to make it easier for felons to buy firearms, as measures on both sides of the gun debate failed to make headway in Congress just days after the massacre of 14 people in California. Underscoring the divisive nature of gun legislation, Democratic proposals to restrict firearms ownership were also left off the table as lawmakers raced on Wednesday to conclude their work for the year, lobbyists and aides said. The stalemate — due in part to members avoiding controversial issues as they wrangle over a must-pass spending bill — means Congress is on track to leave firearms laws unchanged this year despite a spate of mass shootings.

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