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Gun Control Debate

Updated: Monday, January 14 2013, 06:27 PM EST
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It's been one month since the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. The National Rifle Association says it doubts Congress will pass any new gun control measures in the wake of the massacre. That's drawing criticism for supporters of tougher laws.

Local NRA members say additional gun controls won’t stop criminals and those with mental problems from attacking innocent people. They say the NRA advocates safety and responsible gun handling for hunters and target shooters nationwide. The group opposes efforts to ban assault weapons and magazines that can hold dozens of rounds.

Others disagree and are asking local leaders to block the sales of military-style rifles. Gun control advocates are urging registration and background checks.

NRA members say registration would allow the government to seize weapons from responsible gun owners.

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