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Fight over gun control to come to a head on Capitol Hill

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Sen. Chris Murphy fillibustered for nearly 15 hours last Wednesday. (CSPAN photo) Sen. Chris Murphy fillibustered for nearly 15 hours last Wednesday. (CSPAN photo)
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On the heels of recent mass shootings, a fight over gun laws may come to a head on Monday.

The U.S. Senate is preparing to vote on several gun control bills.

Representatives of both Democrats and Republicans agree that laws governing background checks and terror watch lists need to be reformed; however, they said getting there will be a challenge, especially since it's an election year.

The CEO of the National Rifle Association didn't mince words about it. Wayne LaPierre appeared on Face the Nation on Sunday and said the proposals will not prevent mass shootings like what happened at a Orlando nightclub last weekend or Sandy Hook Elementary school in 2012.

"Laws didn't stop them in Boston [and] laws didn't stop them in San Bernardino, where you had every type of gun control law that you could have," LaPierre said.

Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut made headlines last week after filibustering on the Senate floor for almost 15 hours. He and other Democrats pushed for a vote.

They proposed two amendments, including the expansion of background checks to include sales at gun shows and on the internet.

Murphy also acknowledged the uphill battle.

"We should be making our gun laws less full of Swiss cheese holes so that future killings don't happen," he said.

The last time the senate voted on gun legislation was back in December after 14 people were killed in the San Bernardino, CA shooting.

The measure failed.

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