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Senate Committee Passes Bill Meant To Reduce 'Straw Purchases' Of Guns

NPR | March 7, 2013 3:13 p.m. | Updated: April 9, 2013 7:47 a.m.

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Melissa Block, Ailsa Chang

The first major gun bills in nearly two decades had their first hearing in the Senate on Thursday, including an assault weapons ban and a ban on so-called “straw purchases.” Still, even in the aftermath of the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the legislation faces an uphill battle. Ailsa Chang talks to Melissa Block.

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