The Straits Times
Published on Dec 19, 2012

Obama backs bill to ban assault weapons: White House


WASHINGTON (AFP) - 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.

"He is actively supportive of, for example, Senator Feinstein's stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban," Mr Carney said, when asked what Mr Obama would do about gun control.

Mr Carney said Mr Obama would also support any move to ban high-capacity clips - magazines that hold dozens of rounds - and close the so-called "gun show loophole" that allows unlicensed individuals to sell guns privately.