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Texas Republicans are vowing to defy any new federal gun rules. Experts say it's largely a symbolic gesture.

The push to steel Texas against new federal rules comes as gun violence nationwide — including a recent shooting in Bryan — has sparked Democrats to call for an assault weapons ban and stronger background checks, among other changes.

McBride's Gun Inc. in Austin on March 26, 2013.

Sanctuary for gun rights

Federal push for gun control

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