Congress resumes work under pressure to address gun control

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Lawmakers return to Capitol Hill on Monday after a week-long recess under intensifying pressure to enact gun-control legislation in response to the shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Politicians in both parties have recognized that Congress will need to address demands from students and others for measures to make schools safer, including tougher gun laws, but so far there has been no consensus on what to do. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Sunday he planned to renew a push with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) to expand background checks for commercial gun sales, but he said he was “skeptical” about proposals to raise the minimum age for buying civilian versions of military-style rifles like the AR-15.

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