Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) stands on Capitol Hill in Washington February 28, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Democratic leader says assault weapon ban lacks support in Senate
Posted : Tuesday, 19 March 2013 03:06PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Tuesday that fewer than 40 of his chamber's 100 members support a White House-backed bill to renew a ban against military-style assault weapons.
The scant support virtually assures rejection of the bill, a centerpiece of Obama's bid to curb gun violence in wake of a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school on December 14 that left 20 children and six adults dead.
(Reporting By Thomas Ferraro; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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