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A bill that would toughen laws on gun trafficking and straw purchases of firearms won approval on Thursday from the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The measure now goes to the full Senate for consideration. It is the first proposal of its kind to begin moving through the legislative process since the Connecticut school shootings in December that killed 20 first-graders.

President Barack Obama and top Democrats are seeking a package of tougher gun measures that is opposed by the influential National Rifle Association, many Republicans and some Democrats.

Polls show public support for expanded gun laws, and advocates have mounted a major campaign to pressure Congress to act in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre and other mass shootings in recent years.

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