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Dec 17, 2012 11:24 PM by Associated Press

CA lawmakers promise action on gun control

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Several California lawmakers are reacting to the mass shooting a Connecticut elementary school by calling for new laws that they say are aimed at increasing safety, either through gun control or improved security at public schools.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein announced federal legislation that would ban new assault weapons, as well as magazines, drums and strips of more than 10 bullets.

State Sen. Leland Yee says he will introduce a bill to close what he calls a loophole in the state's ban on assault weapons and is considering changes to state gun laws on everything from background checks to storage regulations.

Sen. Kevin de Leon said his proposal would increase the restrictions on purchasing ammunition by requiring buyers to get a permit, undergo a background check and pay a fee.

And state Sen. Ted Lieu announced plans to re-introduce legislation aimed at requiring schools to be better prepared for emergency situations such as a gunman on the loose.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

12/17/2012 7:09:59 PM (GMT -8:00)

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