US Senate to vote on gun control as Trump softens stance

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WASHINGTON: Democrats claimed victory Thursday after persuading the US Senate to hold a vote next week on legislation that would bar terror suspects from buying firearms. The debate—with the potential to turn vicious in a contentious presidential election year—comes with Republican White House hopeful Donald Trump signaling he could back moves to prevent people on terror watch lists or no-fly lists from buying guns. The possible breakthrough in the Republican-controlled Senate could end a years-long logjam on how to reduce US gun violence, following last weekend’s massacre of 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida—the deadliest mass shooting in US history. Senate Democrats brought their pressure to bear by mounting a 15-hour marathon focused on reducing gun violence.

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