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Wednesday, 19 December 2012 - 8:31
Newtown shootings: Obama 'backs assault weapons ban'
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US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut.

His spokesman Jay Carney said the president was "actively supportive" of a Democratic senator's plan to introduce a bill on the first day of the next Congress.

He added that there could also be moves on ammunition and gun-sale loopholes.

In its first statement since Friday, the National Rifle Association said it was "heartbroken" by the attack.

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