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Obama Supports Assault Weapons Ban

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks during a memorial service for the victims and relatives of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, on December 16.
The White House says President Barack Obama supports a renewed ban on assault weapons.

On December 18, White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president was "actively supportive" of Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein's plans to introduce legislation that would reinstate a ban on assault weapons early next year.

Obama had supported the reintroduction of the ban which expired in 2004, but did not actively push for it during his first term.

The White House spokesman said Obama would also support new legislation to close loopholes that allow people to buy guns without background checks.

Obama has pledged to tackle gun violence following the deadly shooting on December 14 at a Connecticut school, where a 20-year-old gunman killed 20 children and six school staffers.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, and the BBC