Obama backs bill to ban assault weapons: White House

AFP , Tuesday 18 Dec 2012

Following Connecticut School shooting tragedy, US President Barack Obama supports bill to ban civilians owning assault weapons

President Barack Obama on Tuesday threw his weight behind a bill to reintroduce a ban on civilians owning assault weapons, in the wake of a gun massacre in an elementary school that shocked the nation.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president would support a law proposed by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein to prohibit the arms, defined as certain types of semi-automatic firearm with removable magazines.

At least 27 people, including 18 children, were killed on Friday when a shooter opened fire at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, CBS News reported, citing unnamed officials.

This was marked as one of the worst mass shootings in US history. The holiday season tragedy follows a series of shooting rampages in the United States this year that have killed multiple victims, and it was certain to revive a debate about US gun laws.

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