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Murphy, Blumenthal to Discuss Gun Control

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Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaks at a press conference with Congress members from Connecticut and a group of 26 cyclists who rode from Newtown, Conn., in support of common-sense solutions to gun violence on March 12, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., speaks at a press conference with Congress members from Connecticut and a group of 26 cyclists who rode from Newtown, Conn., in support of common-sense solutions to gun violence on March 12, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images)

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut’s two U.S. senators are expected to discuss plans to push for gun control legislation following its recent Senate defeat.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have scheduled a meeting Friday with members of the media at the Legislative Office Building to talk about “the path forward for federal gun violence legislation.”

The two Democrats plan to discuss the ramifications the Senate’s rejection of an amendment expanding background checks for gun purchases, as well as other proposals, earlier this month.

Both senators had expressed optimism before the April 17 vote there would be enough support to extend required federal background checks to gun shows and online firearms sales. They had credited the lobbying efforts of the parents and family members of the victims of the Dec. 14 Newtown school shooting.

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