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U.S. Senate shoots down gun amendment

WASHINGTON -- In the year’s first high-profile legislative setback for the gun lobby, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday shot down legislation that would have scrapped state and local laws dictating who can carry concealed firearms.

The vote on the measure highlighted the chasm between lawmakers from less populous rural regions, where gun rights are sacrosanct, and those representing the more urban coastal states, where higher population densities and crime rates have led local governments to enact stricter limits on concealed-carry eligibility.