PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Legislation to strengthen penalties for gun crimes is heading to a vote in the Rhode Island Senate.

Proposals endorsed by a Senate committee Tuesday would increase penalties for carrying a stolen gun while committing a violent crime and make it illegal to carry a gun which has had its serial numbers destroyed.

The committee endorsed the bills Tuesday. A vote by the full Senate has not been scheduled.

Top lawmakers unveiled those bills earlier this year in response to the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

They also proposed a ban on semi-automatic assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, but that bill’s chances have faded in the face of opposition from gun owners.

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