Top Senate Democrats face decisions on gun curb push

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats are approaching decision time on whether they should try to get Republican support for expanding background checks for firearms sales or will have to take the shakier path of pursuing the cornerstone of the gun control effort on their own.

Democrats were meeting Tuesday to discuss whether West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin has been able to reach compromise with Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania. An agreement between the two men would boost gun control efforts because it could attract bipartisan support.

A decision seems likely in the next couple of days.

Abandoning those talks would put Democrats in a difficult position and make it hard for them to push a background check measure through the Senate — severely damaging President Barack Obama's gun control drive.

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