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article imageAssault weapons ban dropped from proposed legislation

By Sami Zaatari     Mar 19, 2013 in Politics
Washington - A proposed bill that would seek to ban assault weapons has been dropped from gun control legislation. The legislation to ban assault weapons had initially been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The dropping of the ban comes as a blow to Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein who introduced the legislation in her bill.
The move to ban assault weapons was expected to have fierce opposition from Republicans vehemently opposed to such measures, and the decision to drop the measure by Democratic Senator Harry Reid reflects the fact that Democrats knew it would struggle to get the bill passed in congress.
It's not clear at this moment if other measures in Feinsteins bill, such as reducing magazine capacities, and carrying out stringent background checks remain. Though Republicans have said that they are open to background checks, as well as cracking down on straw purchases.
The Obama administration has made the issue of gun control one of their main priorities after a spate of deadly shootings to have taken place in the past year, and the decision to drop a ban on assault weapons will come as a major setback to the administrations goals, who have made the banning of assault weapons one of their main goals.
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