Senate Votes to Ease DC Gun Restrictions

WASHINGTON -- The Senate has approved a measure that would give D.C. residents far greater access to firearms, including semiautomatic weapons.

The Senate's vote to overturn the city's tough restrictions on gun ownership comes as part of debate on a bill to give D.C. a vote in Congress.

The House still has to vote on the measure. Last year it passed a similar bill after the Supreme Court struck down D.C.'s ban on handguns.

The measure has been a priority of the pro-gun lobby.

Opponents say the measure would undermine federal anti-trafficking laws and allow teenagers and people with a history of mental illness to possess semiautomatic assault rifles.

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