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Feb 6, 2013 6:24 PM by Eric Ross

House Democrats offer own gun control plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Democrats will unveil 15 gun control proposals, a package that resembles President Barack Obama's plans and will include a ban on assault weapons.

People familiar with the proposal described the plan Wednesday, a day before House Democratic leaders planned to release it. These people were not authorized to discuss the plan publicly.

The plan was written by a dozen House Democrats led by California Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson.

Two-thirds of group had to back an item for it to be recommended. That means there could be Democratic dissenters for some proposals.

Among the task force's members are Rep. John Dingell, the Michigan Democrat and the House's longest serving member. Dingell has been a strong ally of the National Rifle Association, though he has clashed with them on some issues.

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