Senate Panel Moves Toward Assault Weapons Ban OK

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, March 14, 2013

The Senate Judiciary Committee has rejected a Republican effort to exempt victims of sexual assault from a proposed assault weapons ban.

The Democratic-controlled panel rejected the amendment by a party-line, 10-8 vote as it debates a bill prohibiting assault weapons.

The amendment's sponsor is Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn. He says letting victims of sexual abuse use weapons would help them protect themselves.

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein is sponsoring the broader bill to ban assault weapons. She says people can defend themselves just as well with handguns.

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