Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 19, 2012

5 to 10 million semi-automatic assault rifles owned by Americans

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Members of Congress have said they will introduce legislation to reactivate the ban on assault rifles, and also to prohibit the sale of high-capacity gun clips that allow a shooter to unload a barrage of bullets quickly.

Additionally, President Obama said Wednesday he will create a task force, headed by Vice President Biden, to rein in gun violence. He said it should include new restrictions on guns, but also improved access to mental health services and better management of violence in popular culture.

"This is not some Washington commission.," Obama said at a press conference. "This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read, and then pushed aside. This is a team that has a very specific task: to pull together real reforms, right now."

Given the historic power of the American gun lobby, that likely will be a major challenge.

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Details for this story were provided by the Salem, Mass., News and The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.

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