James Yates (left) and William Smith Jr. walk to the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Ky., on Aug. 13 hoping to get a marriage license. They were turned away for a third time Thursday morning. Timothy D. Easley/AP hide caption

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Last October, a 15-year-old student and member of the Tulalip Tribes in Washington opened fire at his high school with a gun obtained from his father. The tribe had issued a restraining order against the father, but that information didn't show up in the federal criminal database — so he was able to buy the gun. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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Judi and Wayne Richardson, who lost their daughter Darien to gun violence in 2010, filed an application for a referendum on background checks Monday. Richardson Family hide caption

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