'US President Barack Obama backs bid to reinstate assault-weapons ban'





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Published on Dec 18, 2012

President Barack Obama supports Senator Dianne Feinstein's effort to craft legislation to reinstate an assault-weapons ban, the White House said on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama supports US Senator Dianne Feinstein's effort to craft legislation to reinstate an assault-weapons ban and would also back any law to close a loophole in gun-show sales, White House spokesman Jay Carney has said.

Mr Carney offered some of the first specifics on how Mr Obama intends to make good on his promise to address gun violence in the aftermath of a shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that killed 27 people, including 20 children.

"He is actively supportive of for example Senator Feinstein's stated intent to revise a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault-weapons ban. He supports and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so called gun show loophole and there are other elements of gun law legislation, gun legislation that he could support," Whitehouse spokesman Jay Carney said.

Mr Obama had called for action at a Sunday night prayer vigil in Newtown, and Democratic lawmakers have sought a new push for US gun restrictions.

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