Obama calls on Congress to ban assault weapons, high-capacity magazines


Barack Obama

By Scott Wilson and Philip Rucker

Posted: Dec 19th, 2012

President Obama on Wednesday urged Congress to vote on measures banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring background checks before any firearm sale, part of an emerging White House response to a massacre last week at a Connecticut elementary school.

The potential gun-control measures, which will be the focus of a working group led by Vice President Biden, mark the most specific proposals to date from Obama to deal with what he called a gun violence epidemic plaguing the United States.

The move pleased gun-control advocates and many Democrats who have been disappointed with Obama’s inaction on the issue during his first term, which has included four mass shootings of civilians.

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