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Senate drops assault gun ban from bill

Reid says GOP could block debate otherwise

WASHINGTON — All but ending chances for an assault weapons ban, Democratic leaders said Tuesday that the firearms legislation the Senate will debate next month would not include the provision that gun-control advocates pressed for after an assault-type weapon was used in the Newtown, Conn., school shootings in December.

Majority leader Harry Reid, Democrat of Nevada, said he wanted to bring a gun bill to the full Senate that would have enough support to overcome any GOP attempts to prevent debate from even starting. He expressed concern that including the assault weapons provision might effectively block passage of any bill at all.

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