US Senate rejects gun background check measure

The US Senate on Wednesday rejected bipartisan legislation that would have expanded background checks for firearm sales, leaving a gaping hole in President Barack Obama's drive to improve gun safety after December's school massacre.

With 60 votes needed for approval, the measure requiring background checks on sales at gun shows and on the Internet fell well short, in a 54-46 vote, as a handful of Democrats either facing tough re-election challenges in 2014 or from pro-gun states stood in opposition of the amendment.