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Assault weapons ban filed in Congress

WASHINGTON — During a lengthy and at times emotionally wrenching news conference, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced legislation Thursday that would ban the sale and manufacture of 157 types of semiautomatic weapons, as well as magazines holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

The bill, which Feinstein, a California Democrat, introduced in the Senate on Thursday afternoon, would exempt firearms used for hunting and would grandfather in certain guns and magazines. The goal of the bill, she said, would be ‘‘to dry up the supply of these weapons over time.’’

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