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Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Calif., pauses while speaking during a news conference Jan. 8, 2019, to announce the introduction of bipartisan legislation to expand background checks for sales and transfers of firearms, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP, File)

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WASHINGTON — The Democratic-controlled House on Wednesday approved a measure requiring federal background checks for all firearms sales and transfers, the first major gun control legislation considered by Congress in nearly 25 years.

By MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press February 27, 2019