Obama jetted to Minneapolis Monday and, after meeting with law enforcement officials and local leaders, delivered a campaign-style address touting his proposal to expand background checks and ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazine clips. WIDE MAJORITIES FAVOR NEW GUN LAWS A wide majority of Americans favor new gun laws similar to the ones proposed by the president, including universal background checks, an assault weapon ban and limitations on high-capacity magazine cartridges, a new Quinnipiac University poll finds. A stunning 92% of respondents said they would favor universal background checks on all would-be gun owners, while smaller majorities favored other measures. SENATE DEMS TIP HAND ON OUTLINES OF GUN BILL. A top aide to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada told The Wall Street Journal that Senate Democrats would introduce a gun-control bill featuring most of Obama’s recent proposals, with one major exception: the ban on automatic weapons. The bill will include proposals to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines; extend background checks to gun shows and private transactions; improve mental health record keeping; and limit gun sales by residents of states with lax gun laws to residents of states with more stringent gun regulations.
11 Feb 2013