Senate panel expected to write gun bills next week
WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate Judiciary Committee seems all but certain to start voting on an assault weapons ban and other gun curbs next week, Congress’ first roll calls in response to the Newtown, Conn., slayings of 26 students and staff at an elementary school in December.
The Democratic-written bills largely follow President Barack Obama’s proposals for limiting gun violence, which have been opposed by the National Rifle Association and generated little support from congressional Republicans.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the committee chairman, said Monday that the panel would consider a bill by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., banning assault weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
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