California Senate backs strict gun restrictions

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The California Senate has approved a wide-ranging series of gun-control measures that would outlaw assault rifles with easily detachable magazines and require people to give up magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

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The 11 measures approved Thursday would significantly tighten California's gun laws, which are already among the strictest in the nation.

The debate comes as Democratic leaders rush to head off a gun-control ballot measure advocated by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom. They say the Legislature can more effectively craft gun legislation, and some Democrats also worry the initiative would motivate gun-rights supporters in the November election.

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Lawmakers sent the package of legislation to the state Assembly.

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