A central part of the Senate’s gun control package is in danger of being gutted as the National Rifle Association voices opposition.

Legislation to crack down on gun trafficking has garnered rare Republican support in both chambers and has long been seen as low-hanging fruit.

Increased penalties on straw purchases of guns sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee and looked like a safe bet to win Senate approval even as other provisions — including the expanded background checks that remain a goal for gun control supporters — ran into trouble.

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