White House spokesman Jay Carney
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Obama 'backs assault weapons ban'

18 December 2012 Last updated at 19:38 GMT

US President Barack Obama wants to reinstate an assault weapons ban in the wake of the mass killings in Newtown, Connecticut, his spokesman says.

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.