Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Sister Newspapers' News

December 19, 2012

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

(Continued)

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.

---

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

Text Only
Sister Newspapers' News
Sister Newspaper Columns
AP Editor's Picks Video
Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament
National and World