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Obama Gets Specific On Gun Control

Carney says Obama would back assault weapons ban, closing the gun show loophole and banning high-capacity magazines.

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WASHINGTON — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney expanded on President Barack Obama’s call for “meaningful action” in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting last week, saying Obama is calling for “reexamining gun laws” as part of a larger solution.

Briefing reporters, Carney outlined some of the proposals Obama is backing, noting “his support for reinstatement of the assault weapons ban, his support for closing the so-called gun-show loophole.”

Carney said that Obama spoke with Sen. Joe Manchin — an NRA member who has expressed support for new regulations in the wake of the shooting — about what they can do.

“He is absolutely supportive of Sen. Feinstein’s stated attempt to revive [the assault weapons ban],” Carney said, saying he would also support a ban on high-capacity magazines.

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