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Obama's gun control plans weaken in Senate due to lack of support

Published on Mar 20, 2013 9:13 AM
 
US President Barack Obama speaks about gun violence at the Minneapolis Police Department's special operations center on Feb 4, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. An assault weapons ban sought by President Barack Obama ran into serious trouble on Tuesday when Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged there was not enough support for it in the US Senate.  -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - An assault weapons ban sought by President Barack Obama ran into serious trouble on Tuesday when Majority Leader Harry Reid acknowledged there was not enough support for it in the US Senate.

It was the latest blow to the White House's gun control plans which are fading as Republicans and even some Democrats baulk at taking on the powerful gun lobby.

Less than half of the Senate backs the assault weapons ban, Mr Reid said, which would condemn it to failure when gun control legislation comes to the floor of the chamber next month.

Prohibition on the sale of assault weapons was always the most controversial element of Mr Obama's attempt to stem gun violence since December's massacre at a Connecticut school where 26 people died.

 
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