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

Newtown Police Chief Michael Kehoe
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.

Speaking to NBC News, Police Chief Michael Kehoe called on the Government to "ban assault weapons" and "restrict those magazines that have so many bullets in them".

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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