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Obama ‘backs assault weapons ban’

December 18, 2012
"I also share your belief that weapons that were designed for soldiers in war theatres don't belong on our streets,"
- President Barack Obama

US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, his spokesman says.

Jay Carney said the president was "actively supportive" of a Democratic senator's plan to introduce a bill on the first day of the next Congress.

Mr Obama would also consider curbs on high-capacity ammunition and loopholes, Mr Carney said.

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