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Sen. Leahy discusses a big week in Washington

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A big week in Washington could have big impacts here.

Gun control is taking center stage on Capitol Hill following the school shootings in Connecticut. The president announced his support for renewing the assault weapons ban.

And gun dealers here say Vermonters rushed to buy.

"People are fearful they will not be able to get one down the road," Jim Dattilio of Dattilio's Guns and Tackle told us Tuesday.

Sales of semiautomatics are soaring here and across the country.

And there was news Wednesday that Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, will stay put as chair of the Judiciary Committee overseeing gun control legislation. He turned down the chance to chair the powerful Appropriations Committee a day after being sworn in as the new president pro tem of the Senate. Leahy succeeds his longtime friend and colleague, Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye, who passed away. Inouye had also chaired the Appropriations Committee.

Senator Leahy also now has the most seniority in the Senate. He joined us from Washington Thursday night on the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. to discuss these events. Watch the video for more.

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