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Obama to Seek New Assault Weapons Ban

Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 07:45 PM

The Obama administration has its sights set on reinstating the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004.

Attorney General Eric Holder told reporters that the move would help stem the tide of guns that cross into Mexico from the United States. Mexico is currently struggle with a surge of violence linked to drug cartels.

"As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to reinstitute the ban on the sale of assault weapons," Holder said, according to ABC News. "I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum."

Holder did not indicate when the administration might act on reinstating the ban.

"It's something, as I said, that the president talked about during the campaign," Holder said. "There are obviously a number of things that are -- that have been taking up a substantial amount of his time, and so, I'm not sure exactly what the sequencing will be."

However, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is less enthusiastic about renewing the ban. She said she had not talked to anybody in the Obama administration about the idea, according to Politico.com.

“On that score, I think we need to enforce the laws we have right now,” she said. “I think it's clear the Bush administration didn’t do that.”

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