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Sunday shows roundup: Debate over gun legislation ramps up

The debate over guns was a major focal point across the Sunday show landscape, with the question of whether lawmakers will pass a measure to expand background checks on firearm purchases front and center.

As Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) said he was hopeful the Senate could still pass background checks, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who has been working on the issue, has found a new GOP partner, Sen Pat Toomey (R-Pa.). If they can strike a bipartisan agreement, chances of passage will go up.

Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joined Schumer and the White House in encouraging conservative senators not to filibuster gun control legislation. And Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) offered some very direct criticism of National Rifle Association head Wayne LaPierre.

Read about it all and more in greater detail over on Post Politics:

Senators call on China to step up pressure on North Korea

Schumer: ‘Gang of Eight’ on track for immigration agreement by week’s end

Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy: NRA’s LaPierre like ‘clowns at the circus’

Toomey possible GOP partner for Democrats in background check bill

Pfeiffer: House GOP proposing ‘Romney economic plan’

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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