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Obama Backs Assault Weapons Ban Renewal

WASHINGTON, (UPI) –  President Obama is “actively supportive” of a Democratic move to renew a federal ban on assault weapons during the next Congress, the White House said Tuesday.

Obama also supports legislation that would close a loophole concerning gun purchases at gun shows as well as possibly legislation on high capacity ammunition clips.

“[He] is actively supportive of, for example, Sen. [Diane] Feinstein’s stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban,” Carney said.

The president has talked with lawmakers who have expressed interest in considering gun-related legislation in the wake of Friday’s shooting spree at Newtown, Conn., in which 27 people were killed, including 20 elementary school-age children. The shooter, Adam Lanza, killed himself.

“He is heartened … by what we have all heard from some members of Congress who have been long-time opponents of gun control measures,” Carney said.

Feinstein, D-Calif., said she will introduce legislation that would reinstate the federal ban on assault rifles when the new Congress convenes in January. The ban expired in 2004, and while there have been attempts to renew it, no bill has reached the floor for a vote.

Carney said the president would also support legislation that would close the so-called gun show loophole that doesn’t require background checks on gun purchases at gun shows and would prevent the sale of high capacity ammunition clips.

“It’s clear that as a nation we haven’t done enough to address the scourge of gun violence in this country. It’s a complex problem that requires more than one solution,” Carney said. “It calls not only for re-examining our gun laws and how well we enforce them, but also for engaging mental health professionals, law enforcement officials, educators, parents and communities to find those solutions.”

Obama also met with appropriate Cabinet members to discuss the issue.

Carney said he couldn’t offer a timetable of the president’s plans, nor what form they would take.

“He does want to move … in the coming weeks, which is a fairly short period of time,” the spokesman said, adding that Obama, besides supporting legislation, “wants to expand the conversation beyond those specific areas of legislation to look at other ways we can address this problem.”

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  • Harold Olsen

    As someone else pointed out last week on another forum, the term “assault weapon” is misleading. Anything used to assault someone with is an assault weapon. If you assault someone with your fist, your fist is an assault weapon. I do not like guns and do not own any, but, I believe any law abiding citizen has the right to own any weapon he chooses. If we take weapons away from law abiding citizens, that leaves only the criminals with weapons and they are not going to abide by any weapons bans. However, the left is too stupid to grasp that. They don’t like gun so they don’t want the rest of us to have them.

  • http://personellibertydigest greg

    The politicians are telling us that we can keep our”assault weapons” that we already have. That’s just for the time being. What they are wanting to do will not stop this from happening,so, the next time it does happen, they’ll be telling us that they will take them all from us because the first set of laws didn’t work. We won’t be disarmed all at once but a little bit at a time.

  • Jeff

    The “Gun Show Loophole” is a misnomer. There are no federal limits on private sales between people “not engaged in the business of gun sales”. Transactions involving gun dealers require a background check, regardless of where it occurs.

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