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Obama ‘Actively Supportive’ Of Assault Weapons Ban

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President Barack Obama wipes tears as he makes a statement in response to the elementary school shooting in Connecticut December 14, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. According to reports, there are 27 dead, including the shooter, 20 of them children, after Ryan Lanza, 24, opened fire in at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Reports say that Lanza was dead at the scene and his mother, a teacher at the school, is also dead. His brother has also been found dead in Hoboken, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama wipes tears as he makes a statement in response to the elementary school shooting in Connecticut December 14, 2012 at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says President Barack Obama is “actively supportive” of efforts on Capitol Hill to reinstate an assault weapons ban.

Obama has long backed the ban, but has failed to push for it throughout his first term. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., plans to introduce legislation to reinstate the ban early next year.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama would also support legislation to close the gun show “loophole,” which allows people to buy guns from private dealers without background checks.

The president has pledged to address gun violence in the coming weeks following Friday’s deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.

Obama spoke Tuesday with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative Democrat and avid hunter who is now supportive of a national discussion on preventing gun violence.

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