U.S. Senate debates gun control after California shooting, but no action taken

Senator Blumenthal holds remnants of the defective Takata airbag inflator at a Senate hearing on Capitol Hill in WashingtonOne day after a mass shooting in California that killed 14 people and wounded 21, Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. Senate jousted on Thursday over gun control but again failed to advance legislation addressing the violence. Democrats tried to expand background checks to those purchasing weapons at gun shows and through intrastate Internet transactions. Republicans said the government could mistakenly place innocent people on watch lists, denying them their constitutional rights to purchase guns.

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