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Feinstein Unveils Proposed Ban on Assault Weapons

It's more sweeping than the one that expired in 2004

(Newser) - Democrats led by Dianne Feinstein unveiled new legislation to rein in assault weapons today, reports the Washington Post . A few key points:
  • It would ban 157 types of semiautomatic weapons, including the Bushmaster variety used in the Sandy Hook rampage.
  • It would ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 10
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Huckabee: Gun Laws Wouldn't Help

Democrat McCarthy says 'gloves are off' on legislation

(Newser) - The debate on gun laws is already under way in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting :
  • Mike Huckabee: "People want to pass new laws ... but this is a heart issue," he said on Fox News. "Laws don't change this kind of thing." He added:
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Dems Unveil Bill That Would Ban Online Ammo Sales

Bill would require a photo ID to buy ammo

(Newser) - A pair of Democrats say they plan to introduce a bill that would effectively ban online ammunition sales by requiring buyers to show a photo ID when buying ammo, the LA Times reports. "It's one thing to buy a pair of shoes online, but it should take more... More »

Texas Town's Schools Bring Back the Paddle

'A good crack might not be a bad idea,' says resident

(Newser) - A small town in Texas is reviving an old disciplinary technique: hitting students with paddles. Temple lifted its ban on the practice last May. Without paddling, "there were no consequences for kids," says the head of the school board, who adds that high school students have become much... More »

Gillibrand Too Gun-Happy for NY, Rival Says

Long Island Rep. McCarthy threatens challenge in 2010

(Newser) - Citing her support of guns, Long Island Rep. Carolyn McCarthy is threatening a 2010 primary challenge to reported Senate appointee Kirsten Gillibrand, Newsday reports. McCarthy, a gun-control advocate, lost her husband in a 1993 shooting spree. “I’m not going to let New York state get represented by someone... More »

New Fed Gun Law Inspired by Virginia Tech Massacre

Congress makes it harder for mentally ill to buy guns

(Newser) - New gun control legislation designed to keep weapons out of the hands of the mentally ill was passed by the Senate yesterday. The rare event of congressional action on gun control—and even rarer bipartisan agreement—was triggered by the Virginia Tech massacre last April. The bill, which strengthens background... More »

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