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Battle over gun rights rages on, supporters plan Chicago rally

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Details of a proposed assault weapons ban were unveiled on Capitol Hill Thursday, but it faces fierce opposition.

Vice President Joe Biden said a few hours later that a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines might actually save more lives.

Supporters of the proposed gun control measures will rally Downtown on Saturday. For the first time in a generation, they think they're on the verge of a victory. About 30 activists met on the West Side planning a local rally for those who can't make it to Washington for Saturday's Million Moms for Gun Control event.

Pam Bosley's 18-year old son, Terrell, was murdered with a .45 caliber handgun seven years ago as he walked out of a South Side church. She said watching other parents grieve in Newtown, CT, renewed her resolve to support what she calls sensible gun controls.

"Assault weapons, we don't need 'em. We don't need 'em at all. So, more guns is not the answer," Bosley says. "We gotta unify. And we gotta get these guns off the streets and save our children."

Bosley and other gun control activists here applauded the assault weapons ban proposed by senators, including Diane Feinstein and Dick Durbin, at a Capitol Hill news conference. Displaying some high-powered weapons they would ban--they said they were seized by police in Philadelphia and Washington--supporters also called for a ban on ammo magazines holding more than 10 rounds.

"Hundred round clips aren't used for hunting. They aren't used for self-defense. They're used to maximize the amount of damage one can do in a short amount of time," New York Senator Charles Schumer says.

Vowing to block the proposals, the National Rifle Association. said: "The American people know gun bans do not work and we are confident Congress will reject Senator Feinstein's wrong-headed approach."

America needs fewer gun laws, according to the Heartland Institute's Steve Stanek.

"In the 1950s, there were no background checks, no waiting periods. There was no age limit to buy firearms. There was no licensing of firearm dealers. There was no Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. And we had lower rates of violent crime than we do now," Stanek says.

Vice President Biden said banning high-capacity ammunition magazines is a bigger priority for him than banning assault weapons. Several mass murderers were finally overpowered when they stopped to reload. Biden said a 10-round limit might have saved lives in Newtown.

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