Renewal of Assault Weapons Ban in Doubt

A 10-year-old aims a Bushmaster Assault Rifle

A 10-year-old aims a Bushmaster Assault Rifle at an April 2003 National Rifle Association meeting in Orlando, Fla. Reuters/Corbis hide caption

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A 10-year old aims a Bushmaster Assault Rifle

A 10-year old aims a Bushmaster Assault Rifle during an April 2003 National Rifle Association meeting in Orlando, Fla. Reuters/Corbis hide caption

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Lawmakers have only seven legislative days left to renew the ban on the sale of assault-style semi-automatic weapons. Republican congressional leaders firmly oppose extending the ban, and many other politicians fear incurring the wrath of such groups as the National Rifle Association. NPR's David Welna reports.

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