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    Senate Panel Delays Gun-Control Bills

    MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 18:  In this photo illustration, a Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle is seen with ammunition on December 18, 2012 in Miami, Florida. The weapon is similar in style to the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle that was used during a massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Firearm sales have surged recently as speculation of stricter gun laws and a re-instatement of the assault weapons ban following the mass shooting.  (Photo illustration by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Rock River Arms AR-15 rifle. (Joe Raedle/Getty)

    Congress sure is taking its sweet time with those four gun control bills. The Democratic-led Senate Judiciary Committee delayed action on the bills by a week on Thursday, after Republicans said they needed extra time to study the proposed ban on military-style assault weapons. Though backers of the bill say that assault firearms have been the weapon of choice in several recent mass shootings, critics argue that a similar ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004 had no impact on the nation’s homicide rate. Republicans also question whether a ban would violate Americans’ rights to bear arms under the U.S. Constitution. The panel will take up the four bills again next Thursday.

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