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WASHINGTON — Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander are among nearly three dozen co-sponsors of Senate legislation that would strengthen background checks for gun buyers, a move that seems to be gaining traction after last week's mass shooting at a South Florida high school that killed 17 people.

"We need to make exist-ing background checks more effective," Alexander, R-Tenn., said in a statement Monday.

Gun sellers are required, in most circumstances, to run the names of would-be gun buyers through the NICS system to ensure they are not barred from purchasing firearms. The legislation, called the Fix NICS Act, is designed to make the system work more effectively.

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