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Baldwin a Liberal Skeptic on Weapons Ban

Posted at: 03/01/2013 3:35 PM
By: THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press

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Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin, a supporter of gun control for a decade in the House, has shied away from talk of a proposed ban on assault weapons, disappointing some gun control advocates.

The liberal Democrat's cautious path shows the altered thought process of a new senator now representing one of the nation's most politically balanced states_one with a strong hunting tradition_rather than just one of its most left-leaning congressional districts.

It also illuminates the rocky road ahead for the provision in the Senate.

Six Democratic senators from Baldwin's neighboring states have either declared as co-sponsors or supporters of the ban.  But Baldwin has stressed the broader support for gun control measures based on expanded background checks.

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