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US Senate panel backs assault weapons ban

A US Senate panel on Thursday approved a Democratic bill that would ban assault weapons and high-capacity gun magazines, in a party line vote three months to the day after the school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-8 for the bill, seen by many as the most problematic element of President Barack Obama's push to reduce weapons violence by tightening up Americans' almost unfettered access to firearms.

UPDATE 3-U.S. Senate panel backs crackdown on clandestine gun sales

* First vote on Obama's gun control proposals * Unclear if measure will win Senate approval * Committee to vote next week on assault weapons ban * Dispute unresolved on background checks for gun owners (Adds Obama comment, study on gun ownership) By Thomas Ferraro

U.S. Senate panel delays action on gun control bills

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, Feb 28 (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday postponed consideration of four bills to curb gun violence after Republicans said they needed more time to study the proposed ban on military-style assault weapons. The one-week delay by the Democratic-led committee appears unlikely to change the fate of the bills, all of which appear headed to the full Senate for a vote.

Victim's father makes case for U.S. assault weapons ban

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - The father of a 6-year-old boy who was killed in the shooting massacre at a Connecticut school made a dramatic appeal on Wednesday for President Barack Obama's uphill bid to ban sales of military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.

Public sentiment has turned in U.S. gun debate - Biden

By Edith Honan DANBURY, Conn., Feb 21 (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, speaking 10 miles (16 km) from the site of the Connecticut elementary school massacre, argued on Thursday that public opinion had turned against the gun rights lobby.

Assault weapons ban announced in US Congress; faces uphill battle

WASHINGTON, Jan 24 (Reuters) - A top Democratic lawmaker tried on Thursday to revive a U.S. assault-weapons ban, riding a wave of support for gun control after the killing of 20 children and six adults at a school in Connecticut last month. Senator Dianne Feinstein and several other Democrats said they were introducing a bill to ban semi-automatic weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips. It faces stiff opposition in Congress as well as from the National Rifle Association, the main U.S. lobby for gun manufacturers, and from many Americans.

US Senate leader may allow vote on assault weapons ban

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, Jan 22 (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, signaled on Tuesday that despite earlier indications to the contrary, he may allow a vote on a possible ban on assault weapons. Reid, a longtime gun-rights advocate from Nevada, recently had indicated he would not permit a vote because the Republican-led House of Representatives likely won't go along with such a prohibition.

UPDATE 3-Rallies across U.S. assail Obama's proposed gun curbs

* "We are law-abiding citizens" * National Gun Prevention Sabbath planned for Sunday * Five hurt in gun show accidents in three states (Adds accidents at gun shows in three states) By Nick Carey Jan 19 (Reuters) - Pro-gun activists held "high noon" rallies across the United States on Saturday to defend the right to own firearms that they say is being threatened by President Barack Obama's gun-control proposals.

A big question in US gun-control debate: What will Harry Reid do?

* Gun-rights advocate Reid will decide what Senate will vote on * Reid has expressed doubt about ban on assault weapons * Senate may focus on measures that could pass Republican-led House By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON, Jan 16 (Reuters) - What will Harry Reid do?

UPDATE 1-Obama to unveil gun violence measures Wednesday

WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will unveil on Wednesday a series of "concrete proposals" to counter gun violence that will include a push for an assault weapons ban and measures to strengthen background checks for gun buyers. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, who led a task force that developed recommendations on the issue, would present the package of legislative and executive measures at a White House event at 11:45 a.m. (1645 GMT).
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