POMPANO BEACH, FL - JANUARY 16: Jeff Dillard (C) and Dr. Gary Lampert (R), co-owners of the National Armory gun store, help Richard Fuller as he shops for an AR-15 rifle on January 16, 2013 in Pompano Beach, Florida.(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
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Leading Democrat: Gun control faces uphill climb

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democrat who's introduced an assault weapon ban acknowledges the measure faces an "uphill climb" to pass Congress but says public support is on her side.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California says a coalition of police, clergy and voters would push forward her bill over objections from the nation's largest gun-rights lobby, the National Rifle Association.

The White House and other Democrats, however, remain skeptical the effort is going anywhere.

Feinstein tells CBS' "Face the Nation" that the NRA is a politically potent force but that its main supporters are gun-makers, not gun enthusiasts.

In the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., President Barack Obama is pushing to expanded background checks, restoring the assault weapons ban and banning high-capacity ammunition magazines.

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