ABC News(Washington, DC) - The White House on Tuesday indicated President Obama would support legislation
that would reinstate the ban on certain types of semi-automatic rifles – known
as "the assault weapons ban" — and may support other efforts, such as a proposal
to ban high-capacity magazines, in the wake of the deadly massacre in Newtown,
"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,"
White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters, publicly backing for the
first time legislation Feinstein plans to introduce. The White House had
previously been reluctant to publicly named any specific action it might support
in an effort to prevent future massacres.
"[The President] supports — and would support legislation that addresses the
problem of the so-called gun show loophole, and there are other elements of gun
law — gun legislation that he could support," Carney said. "People have talked
about high- capacity ammunition clips, for example, and that is something,
certainly, that he would be interested in looking at," he added.
The President reached out today to West Virginia Democrat, and longtime NRA
member, Sen. Joe Manchin, who on Monday began publicly discussing backing
tougher gun laws following the deadly shooting.
"He is heartened, I should mention, by what we have all heard from some
members of Congress who have been long-time opponents of gun control measures,
common-sense gun control measures like the assault weapons ban and the like,"
Carney said. "He, in fact, not long before I came out here, was on the phone
with Senator Manchin discussing just this issue."
Though the White House has said the president views potential solutions as
not solely focused on gun control – involving, for instance, mental health
issues and violence in U.S. popular culture — Carney did not provide specifics
when asked about those areas.
-Jake Tapper and Mary Bruce
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