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Will abandoning weapons ban help gun safety?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the lead author the proposed Assault Weapons Ban, said yesterday that Democratic leaders have decided not to include her bill in a package of gun control measures expected to go before the full Senate next month. The ban is the most controversial of the proposals, so stripping it from the popular provisions, such as an expansion of background checks, almost certainly condemns it to a lonely death on the Senate floor.