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Gun ban supporters expect tough fight

Feinstein asserts most Americans are behind law

WASHINGTON — Senator Dianne Feinstein, who is leading the push to restore an assault weapon ban, acknowledged on Sunday that the effort faces tough odds to pass Congress because of the powerful gun lobby, but she said most Americans are behind the idea.

Feinstein, a California Democrat, introduced a bill on Thursday that would prohibit 157 specific weapons and ammunition magazines that have more than 10 rounds. The White House and fellow Democrats have doubts that the measure can pass because lawmakers facing reelection battles might fear pro-gun voters and the National Rifle Association.

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