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California Senate To Vote On Sweeping Gun-Control Measures

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(AP) — Democrats in the CaliforniaSenate plan another attempt to outlaw the sale of assault rifles with easily detachable ammunition magazines known as bullet buttons.

The measure is among a wide-ranging slate of gun control bills scheduled for Senate votes on Thursday as Democratic leaders rush to head off a ballot measure advocated by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The measures would significantly tighten California's gunlaws, which are already among the strictest in the nation.

Under California's assault-weapon ban, most rifles must require a tool to detach the magazine. Gun-makers developed so-called bullet buttons that can quickly dislodge the ammunition cartridge using the tip of a bullet or other small tool.

Outlawing bullet buttons is a priority for gun-control advocates, but Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a prior attempt in 2013.