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Democrats reintroduce assault weapons ban

Published 10:16am Thursday, January 24, 2013

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats are reintroducing legislation to ban assault weapons but the measure faces long odds even after last month’s mass school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

The measure being unveiled Thursday is authored by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who wrote the original assault weapons ban. That law expired in 2004 when Congress refused to renew it under pressure from the National Rifle Association.

An assault weapons ban is among the measures supported by President Barack Obama, who unveiled a package of gun safety proposals last week. But because of concerns among moderate Democrats it’s seen as a heavy lift in Congress, with measures such as beefed-up background checks more likely to pass.

There’s disagreement about the effectiveness of the original assault weapons ban.


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  • drschminke05

    Go ahead, Tim Walz. Make my day. Vote for this monstrosity. You will be sent packing.

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    • cooper

      I have to agree. What else is this goverment going to take from the people of this country.

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    • D.B.

      I agree with you too….this Administration sends Tanks & F-16′s to muslim brotherhood in Egypt, who hate America & Israel, but (we) ‘American Citizens’ aren’t supposed to be allowed to defend ourselves.
      It’s not about ‘Gun Control’ it’s about ‘Control’!!
      ~ Molon Labe ~

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