The White House indicated Tuesday that it would likely support legislation banning assault weapons, namely around 100 different types of semi-automatic weapons in addition to high-volume ammunitions magazines.
“[President Barack Obama] is actively supportive of, for example, Senator Feinstein’s stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban,” said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, according to Dec. 18 press briefing.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) original assault weapons ban was passed in 1994 and ended in 2004.
The support of banning the weapons would be part of a broader plan to curb gun violence in the United States, following last Friday’s mass shooting in Connecticut.
“[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,” including looking into restrictions on high-capacity ammo clips, magazines, and drums, Carney said.
Feinstein, who has said that she would introduce the legislation by January 2013, wants to ban the sale and manufacturing of magazines that contain more than 10 rounds.
“[The president’s] view is that we need to address this in a way that, as I said yesterday, acknowledges that no single piece of legislation, no single restriction on access to a certain type of weapon will solve this problem and that we need to address it more broadly,” Carney said.
Some longtime opponents of gun control have said that they will reexamine pursuing legislative measures in response to the mass shooting.
“The entire Congress is united in condemning the violence in Newtown and the need to enforce our laws. As we continue to learn the facts, Congress will examine whether there is an appropriate and constitutional response that would better protect our citizens,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was quoted as saying by the Washington Post.
Schools in Newtown, Conn., resumed classes Tuesday, with a two-hour delay.
“In the classroom, teachers will be providing students with the experiences that they determine are most appropriate for making the best of the time that they will spend together. This is a day to start healing,” wrote Newtown High School (NHS) principle Charles Dumais in a NHS blog post Monday.
The National Rifle Association also issued a statement Tuesday in response to the shooting. It announced that a major news conference would take place this Friday.
“The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again,” stated the news release.
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