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Conn. senators propose assault weapons ban

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) Connecticut's two U.S. senators have joined California Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other key senators in proposing a retooled federal ban on assault weapons in the wake of the deadly Newtown school shooting.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal says the proposed legislation, unveiled today in Washington, D.C., will more narrowly define what's considered an assault weapon under a resurrected ban and forbid high-capacity magazines.

Blumenthal said this marks ``the most significant'' bill to be proposed since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, although he acknowledged it faces an uphill battle. It's also the first bill Blumenthal and Sen. Chris Murphy have worked on together as senators.

Robert Crook, a state gun rights advocate, said assault weapons bans have not been proven to be effective.

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