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RICHMOND — Last month’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school has revived a national debate about firearms laws, but gun control legislation is meeting a familiar fate in Virginia’s General Assembly.
Legislation aimed at closing Virginia’s so-called “gun show loophole” won’t advance this year, but members of a state Senate committee pledged last week to work toward a compromise that could expand the use of criminal background checks for firearms sales at events like the annual Labor Day gun show in Hillsville.
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