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Leading Democrat: Gun control faces uphill climb

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 27, 2013 at 10:45 a.m.

— The Democrat who’s introduced an assault weapon ban acknowledges the measure faces an “uphill climb” to pass Congress but said public support is on her side.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California says a coalition of police, clergy and voters would push forward her bill over objections from the nation’s largest gun-rights lobby, the National Rifle Association.

The White House and other Democrats, however, remain skeptical the effort is going anywhere.

Feinstein tells CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the NRA is a politically potent force but that its main supporters are gun-makers, not gun enthusiasts.

In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Barack Obama is pushing to expanded background checks, restoring the assault weapons ban and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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Kajon says... January 27, 2013 at 2:39 p.m.

(NRA)"its main supporters are gun makers". That's why the NRA gained 100,000 members in the past few weeks.

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