Senate considers banning gun ownership for those on 'smaller lists'

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In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, congressional Democrats and party leaders including Hillary Clinton and President Obamaas well as presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump — have pushed for new gun control measures, including a gun ownership ban for those on the government's terrorist watch list.

Now, in search of a compromise in the Republican-led Senate, lawmakers say they may settle for a ban based on "smaller lists" instead of the primary watch list, which includes more than 1.5 million people, some 40 percent of whom are described by the government as having "no recognized terrorist group affiliation."

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