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Sen. Paul seeks Senate delay of gun control bills

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., says he plans to block new gun control bills when the Senate returns to Washington next month.

But there was one key word the senator refused to say when talking about the issue at the University of Kentucky in Lexington on Wednesday.  It's because his plans in April are similar, but not identical in terms of senate rules.

Paul received plenty of attention with his "filibuster" over military drone targets earlier this month.

Now he and two other senators have threatened to delay the gun control legislation in a letter to senate president Harry Reid.

But Paul stopped short of calling it a "filibuster" this time.

He said stricter gun laws would not have prevented tragedies like the Newtown, Conn., school shootings last December.

"The only thing that probably could have prevented that shooting would have been if the principal had a gun in his desk or a teacher had a gun in the desk. And people who don't like guns don't want to hear that. ... Will that stop all killings? No it won't stop all killings, but self defense is important," Paul said.

Paul spoke on the Senate floor about 13 hours during the drone debate.

Paul did get his answer from the administration -- that drones would not be used on American soil, against Americans suspected of terrorism.

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