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Obama supports assault weapons ban

  • U.S. President Barack Obama is looking to reinstate an assault weapons ban following the shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, his spokesman said on Tuesday.

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

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

    The gun lobby group said: "The NRA is prepared to offer meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again"

    It also announced a "major news conference" to be held on Friday.

    Gun sales have risen since the attack, a sign that many fear a new legislation is coming.

    Gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 children and six adults in the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School.