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Big blow to Obama's gun pledge

President Barack Obama has suffered a large setback in his bid to curb gun violence in the America after the US Senate failed to reach the 60 votes needed to pass a plan to expand background checks for firearms.

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President Obama attacks US gun lobby's 'lies'

President Barack Obama has hit out at America's powerful gun lobby for orchestrating a campaign of "lies" and "scare tactics" about the potential impact of tighter weapon laws.

The National Rifle Association had warned its members the proposal would require checks for sales and gifts between family and friends and lead to a national registry.

Mr Obama did not mince his words after seeing a Senate vote for reform fail to pass.

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