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Senate leader won't weaken gun background checks

Thursday - 6/13/2013, 2:32pm  ET

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., accompanied by families and friends of the Newtown, Conn. shooting victims, including siblings of Victoria Soto, Jillian Soto, left, Carlee Soto, and Carlos Soto, gestures as he speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2013, on the six month anniversary of the Newtown shooting. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won't accept watered-down background checks as the price for pushing gun control legislation through the Senate.

The Nevada Democrat isn't getting into specifics. But gun control advocates have worried that if Democrats are trying to declare victory on the issue, they might remove required record-keeping of gun sales from the legislation.

Advocates say that would make the bill toothless.

Reid says efforts to find the 60 Senate votes needed haven't borne much fruit.

Reid isn't saying when there might be a new vote. The original version was defeated in April.

Reid spoke to families from Newtown, Conn. They were in Washington, lobbying a day before the six-month anniversary of the massacre that killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School.


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