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Senate panel backs bill to reinstate weapons ban

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure on Thursday to reinstate a ban on assault weapons, the first congressional vote on the issue since the ban expired in 2004.

The vote to approve the measure — now ostensibly headed for the full Senate — went firmly along party lines; the 10 Democrats on the committee voted yes, and the eight Republicans voted no. The legislation would also limit the size of ammunition magazines to 10 rounds.

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