Obama 'actively supporting' assault weapons ban legislation after Connecticut school shooting
President Barack Obama has thrown his political weight behind a campaign to reinstate a ban on assault weapons in the wake of mass killings at a school in Connecticut.
The move would be most significant in tightening of US gun laws in almost two decades.
Obama's decision to publicly support new legislation being proposed by a senior Democrat senator came two days after he called for unspecified 'change' at a memorial service for the 20 child victims of the shooting in Newtown.
According to the Telegraph, the White House spokesman, Jay Carney, said the president was 'actively supportive' of the legislation being proposed by Senator Dianne Feinstein that would ban weapons like the Bushmaster .223 that coroners said had claimed the majority of the young victims' lives.
He added that Obama would also support addressing the problem of the so-called 'gun show loophole', which enables buyers at gun shows to avoid background-checks, as well as curbs on ammunition clips larger than 10 rounds, the report said.
"He is actively supportive of, for example, Senator Feinstein's stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban," Carney said.
"He supports - and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so-called gun show loophole," he added.
Families of the victims and survivors of recent gun massacres gathered for a rally in front of Congress demanding new gun laws, in a bid to keep pressure on Republicans and not allow the anger to fade, as it has following other recent mass-shootings, the report added.