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A 10-year-old law banning 19 types of semiautomatic weapons expired today. Jim Lehrer gets two perspectives in the debate over the need for the law from Seattle police Chief Gil Kerlikowske and Wayne LaPierre, CEO and executive vice president of…

Two recent polls showed President Bush with a double-digit lead over Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., while others had the two contenders in a statistical dead heat. A columnist and pollster discuss how voters should view the divergent surveys.

The federal assault-weapons ban, which outlaws 19 types of semiautomatic weapons, is set to expire Monday if Congress does not renew it. Margaret Warner gets two perspectives on whether Congress should renew the ban from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. and…