Obama assault weapon ban call

President Barack Obama has called for a ban on military-style assault weapons and a ten-round limit on magazines as he launched the most sweeping effort to curb American gun violence in nearly two decades.

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Newtown police chief: US Govt must 'ban assault weapons'

Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe Credit: NBC News

The police chief of the American town where a gunman opened fire in a primary school killing 20 children last December has joined the calls for stricter gun controls.

He said that the gunman, who attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, was better armed than the police that were trying to stop him.

"We never like to think we’re going to be outgunned in any situation we’re dealing with."

He also said that criminal background checks on people buying guns needed to be improved.

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