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Lawmakers unveil new assault weapons ban

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) stands next to a display of assault weapons during a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Democratic lawmakers formally reintroduced a bill Thursday that would ban military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, the most ambitious — and politically risky — element of proposals unveiled by President Obama to limit gun violence.