US school massacre: Obama says yes to assault weapons ban
Washington: In the aftermath of the massacre at Connecticut school, US President Barack Obama has decided to back a ban on assaults weapon, White House spokesperson Jay Carney said on Tuesday.
After the heinous shootings at Connecticut school reignited the debate over gun control laws in America, White House has listed a slew of measures in order to tackle the situation, that President Obama will be supporting.
One of the measures included a bill on reinstating an assault weapons ban as suggested by US Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Jay Carney said Obama was “actively supportive” of the Senator’s idea of crafting a legislation to reinstate an assault weapons ban and would also back any law to close a loophole related to gun-show sales.
"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 on Tuesday.
Mr Obama would also look into other gun legislations, including on high-capacity ammunition clips and against a loophole that allows for gun purchases at gun shows without a background check, the White House said as per the BBC report.
Obama spoke earlier in the day with Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, a gun rights advocate who said he would now be open to more regulation of military-style rifles like the one used in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday.
"He is heartened, I should mention, by what we have all heard from some members of Congress who have been longtime opponents of gun control measures, common sense gun control measures like the assault weapons ban and the like," Carney said.
On Monday, Obama met with senior administration officials including Vice President Joe Biden, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius about the issue.
"It's the beginning of a process where ... we will look for ways to address this problem in the wake of the tragedy in Newtown," Carney said.