House votes to prevent reporting system for assault-weapon sales
By James V. Grimaldi
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 19, 2011; 8:06 PM

The House voted overwhelmingly Friday to block the Obama administration from implementing a controversial proposal meant to give federal authorities a new tool to catch gunrunners to Mexico.

The proposed rule was strongly opposed by the National Rifle Association, which praised the House for taking the action.

The measure passed with bipartisan support, 277 to 149, which added it to a massive spending bill that would keep the federal government running through September.

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