'Gun Appreciation Day' to be held in US
WASHINGTON (AFP) - American gun enthusiasts can express their zeal on an upcoming "Gun Appreciation Day" right before Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term as president.
A new coalition of gun rights and conservative groups is urging Americans to show support for the right to carry firearms by turning out in large numbers on January 19 at gun stores and firing ranges. Mr Obama's swearing in is to take place two days later.
"The Obama administration has shown that it is more than willing to trample the Constitution to impose its dictates upon the American people," said Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward.
In the wake of the shooting last month in Connecticut which claimed the lives of 20 small children and six elementary school workers, Mr Obama said he will support a new bill to restore a ban on military-style assault weapons.