No web link Federal gun control legislation is taking a back seat to concerns about terrorism and Democrats' reluctance to press the issue, says a senior Republican staffer in the House. Gun control's lower profile means that it's "anybody's guess" whether the federal ban on some assault-style weapons will be extended past its scheduled expiration next year, chief counsel Jay Apperson of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security told a Justice Department conference yesterday. Apperson was alluding to reports that some Democrats in tight races had found that advocating gun controls did . . .
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