White House Calls For Assault Weapon Ban After California Attack

Barack Obama speaks on US gun violence at the White House in Washington, DC, on December 3, 2015, during a meeting with his national security team. The statement comes one day after 14 people were killed in San Bernardino, California. AFP PHOTO /JIM WATSON
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The Obama administration is pressing for more gun control, calling for an assault weapons ban after the attack in California. Earlier, the president spoke at length in the Oval Office about the need for more anti-gun laws.

“One thing we could do is we could ban the sale of assault weapons,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said during the press briefing today. “That certainly would make it harder for those individuals who shouldn’t have them from getting them.”

Earnest cited the four guns that were retrieved from the shootout were purchased legally by the shooters, as proof that more gun control was needed to stop terrorism.

“It would be an indication to some common sense thinking people, that we should consider some different laws,” he said insisting an assault weapons ban would be possible without undermining the constitutional rights of Americans.