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History of gun control in America

POSTED: 11:34 AM PST Dec 17, 2012    UPDATED: 07:18 AM PST Jan 30, 2013 

Back in the spotlight in today's Senate hearing, gun control is a contentious issue that dates back to America's Founding Fathers.

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The ban on assault weapons expired in 2004 as part of the law's sunset provision. There have been multiple attempts to renew the ban, but no bill has reached the floor for a vote.

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