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Obama launches gun control effort

WASHINGTON — President Obama implored Congress on Wednesday to ban the sale of military-style assault weapons and to institute universal background checks for all gun buyers, as he outlined a broad proposal to prevent more mass shootings and attempted to rally public support for the effort.

Obama’s proposals came on the same day as Governor Deval Patrick unveiled his own plans to tighten what are already some of the nation’s toughest gun control laws. Under Patrick’s proposal, background checks would be required at gun shows; firearm magazines would be reduced to a maximum of seven rounds; and gun purchases would be limited to one a month for licensed buyers.

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