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Senate Panel Approves Assault Weapons Ban

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The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved an assault weapons ban in a party-line vote that underscores how hard it will be for the measure to survive in the full Senate.

The proposal by California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein was approved on a 10-8 vote Thursday by the Democratic-controlled committee.

An assault rifle was used by the man who killed 26 elementary school students and staff in Newtown, Conn., in December. Banning the weapons is key to President Barack Obama's plan to curb gun violence.

The measure is not expected to survive in the Senate. Feinstein faces overwhelming GOP opposition and likely defections by up to six moderate Democrats facing re-election next year in Republican-leaning states in the South and West.

Meanwhile, people close to the investigation tell The Associated Press that the gunman in the Connecticut school massacre showed interest in other mass killings.

Twenty-year-old Adam Lanza killed his mother at their home before killing 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14. He killed himself as police arrived.

A law enforcement official briefed on the investigation says authorities found literature on other mass shootings at Lanza's house. Another person familiar with the investigation says Lanza showed an interest in other mass murders. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.

A police report is expected around June. State police have declined to comment.

The Hartford Courant and the Hearst Connecticut Media Group first reported Wednesday that Lanza had done research on other mass killings. (AP)

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