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US leg­is­la­tors meet to­mor­row to vote on four pro­pos­als for lim­ited gun re­stric­tions, fol­low­ing the pub­lic out­cry over the mur­der of 49 peo­ple in Or­lando, Florida, last week.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, who met sur­vivors of the shoot­ing and fam­i­lies of the dead in Or­lando on Thurs­day, urged Congress to pass mea­sures to make it harder to legally ac­quire high­pow­ered weapons such as the semi­au­to­matic ri­fle used in the at­tack.

On Fri­day, a group of Repub­li­can sen­a­tors at­tempted to craft com­pro­mise leg­is­la­tion that might stand a bet­ter chance of pass­ing.

Mean­while, FBI agents ques­tioned a mem­ber of the Florida mosque at­tended by Omar Ma­teen – who fa­tally shot 49 peo­ple and wounded at least 50 at gay night­club Pulse – as new in­for­ma­tion sur­faced that re­vealed the killer had ex­hib­ited chronic be­havioural prob­lems as a youth.

Ma­teen – the 29-year-old pri­vate se­cu­rity guard who was shot dead by po­lice on June 12, end­ing the mas­sacre – has been de­scribed by his first wife, whom he di­vorced af­ter a brief mar­riage, as an abu­sive, men­tally dis­turbed man with a vi­o­lent tem­per.

While some of the vic­tims have been buried, friends and fam­i­lies of most of those killed are pre­par­ing for a wave of funer­als in the com­ing days – herald­ing a con­cen­trated out­pour­ing of grief spawned by the dead­li­est mass shoot­ing in modern US his­tory. They will bury loved ones in large pub­lic cer­e­monies and small, in­ti­mate ones.

The dead ranged in age from 18 to 50, and came from New York, South Carolina, Puerto Rico and else­where.

“It is go­ing to be a long road for the fam­i­lies of vic­tims,” said Or­lando’s mayor, Buddy Dyer, on Wed­nes­day at the open­ing of a cen­tre aimed at help­ing fam­i­lies with air travel and fu­neral plans.

Au­top­sies on all of the vic­tims were com­pleted on Tues­day, and 35 of the bod­ies have been re­leased to fu­neral homes.

– Reuters, Wall Street Jour­nal and USA To­day

PHOTO: JIM YOUNG / REUTERS

SOM­BRE A man reads mes­sages writ­ten on a cross at a memo­rial for those killed in the Or­lando night­club

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