Pat Toomey' http://wesa.fm en Senate Blocks Expanded Gun Sale Background Checks http://wesa.fm/post/senate-blocks-expanded-gun-sale-background-checks <p><strong>Updated Post: 4:56 p.m.</strong></p><p>Senate Republicans, backed by rural-state Democrats, blocked legislation Wednesday to tighten restrictions on the sale of firearms, rejecting personal pleas made by families of the victims of last winter's mass elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.</p><p>Attempts to ban assault-style rifles and high capacity ammunition magazines also faced certain defeat in a series of showdown votes four months after a gunman killed 20 elementary school children and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:33:01 +0000 Mary Wilson & The Associated Press 8035 at http://wesa.fm