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Manchin joins Dem filibuster over inaction on guns

WASHINGTON — A Democratic senator on Wednesday launched a filibuster to force a vote on gun control legislation three days after 49 people were killed at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said he would remain on the Senate floor “until we get some signal, some sign that we can come together,” as he also evoked the Newtown elementary school shooting in his state in 2012.

Murphy was joined for about 15 minutes of his hours-long filibuster by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who renewed his call for expanded background checks on gun sales and for barring people on the terrorist watch list from buying guns…

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