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Biden, once again, girds for fight over gun rules

Seeks to learn from mistakes on assault ban

WASHINGTON — Never much known for restraint, Joe Biden did not hold back during a presidential primary debate in 2007 when a voter asking about gun rights in a recorded video displayed a fearsome-looking semiautomatic rifle and declared, ‘‘This is my baby.’’

Biden, then a Delaware senator in a dark-horse bid for the White House, shook his head. ‘‘I tell you what, if that’s his baby, he needs help,’’ he said. ‘‘I think he just made an admission against self-interest. I don’t know if he’s mentally qualified to own that gun.’’

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