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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy holds a hearing on... News PhotoControl,Government,Gun,Hart Senate Office Building,Holding,Horizontal,Patrick J. Leahy,Politics,Senate Judiciary Committee,USA,Washington DCPhotographer Collection: AFP 2013 AFPSenate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy holds a hearing on gun control at the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, on March 7, 2013. Republicans teamed up with Democrats to introduce gun control legislation in the US Senate that aims to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill. It is one of a handful of new bills, including a beefed-up ban on assault weapons, being considered in the wake of the December tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut that saw a gunman kill 20 children and six adults. AFP PHOTO/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)