Obama gun bans

O push to ban assault weapons

by GERRY SHIELDS, New York Post  |  published on December 19, 2012

After sitting on the sidelines of the gun-control debate for almost all of his first term, President Obama yesterday called for sweeping gun reform, including a renewed ban on assault weapons.

Two days after speaking at a memorial for the shooting victims in Newtown, Conn., White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama is “actively supportive” of a Capitol Hill push for an assault weapons ban.

“And there are other elements of gun law — gun legislation that he could support. People have talked about high-capacity gun — ammunition clips, for example,” Carney said.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said she plans to reintroduce her bill banning assault weapons early next month.

In the aftermath of the school massacre, Democratic lawmakers — including those backed previously by the NRA — have put gun control at the top of their legislative list next year.

Obama has tapped Vice President Joe Biden to lead a White House effort to determine what measures are needed.

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