A controversial bill that could hold sellers and manufacturers of assault weapons liable in shootings will be introduced in the state senate today. It’s part of a package of Democratic gun proposals, but supporters acknowledge the measure faces an uphill battle. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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