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Congress Will Soon Advance the First Gun Control Measures in Years

  • Congress to bolster background checks, provide safety funds
  • Language would end 22-year ban on CDC gun-violence research

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Congress for the first time in years is poised to vote on gun legislation that represents incremental but symbolically significant steps on an issue that long has divided the nation.

Final action on the measures, which are tucked inside a mammoth $1.3 trillion spending bill, likely will come Friday, just hours before thousands of people are set to march in Washington in support of tougher gun restrictions in response to last month’s deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school.