Senator's indictment feeds gun control debate

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Updated: 3/27 2:10 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gun-control groups are trying to stem the damage as one of the Legislature's most outspoken supporters faces federal gun-trafficking allegations.

Organizers said Thursday that the charges filed this week against Sen. Leland Yee, a Democrat from San Francisco, cloud the future of two of his gun control bills. One would prohibit devices that allow for swift reloading of military-style assault weapons, the other calls for a study of safe firearm storage methods.

Advocates and opponents alike say Yee's arrest may slow the Legislature's consideration of gun restrictions this year.

Paul Song, executive chairman of CourageCampaign.org, says gun-control groups are trying to find another lawmaker to take the lead on gun legislation.

Yee's office did not respond. His attorney has said Yee plans to plead not guilty.

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