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This video frame grab provided by Senate Television shows Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., using a poster of weapons as she speaks Wednesday about gun legisalation on the floor of the Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Gun control loses: No expanded background checks

Senate Republicans backed by a small band of rural-state Democrats scuttled the most far-reaching gun control legislation in two decades Wednesday, rejecting tighter background checks for buyers and a ban on assault weapons as they spurned pleas from families of victims of last winter's school massacre in Newtown, Conn.

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