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Newtown's Police Chief will be among those attending a press conference this morning in Connecticut about background checks for guns. 

 

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy plan to announce new legislation that would bar gun sales until background checks are complete.  The practice now is that sales go through if checks are pending beyond 72 hours.  The Senators say the killings of nine innocent people in a South Carolina church in June was possible because the alleged gunman was able to buy a gun due to a loophole in the Brady Handgun Violence Act. 

 

Connecticut prohibits such sales, and Walmart is among the firearms dealers not allowing the default sales nationwide.  But Blumenthal and Murphy say with guns easily passing across state borders, Connecticut remains vulnerable in the absence of strong federal action.

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