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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Congress 'will not pass weapon ban'

America's gun lobby has the support in Congress to block a weapons ban, according to the president of the National Rifle Association

The president of the National Rifle Association has said the US Congress is not likely to pass a new ban on assault weapons.

David Keene told CNN's State of the Union show that at the moment the powerful gun lobby has the support in Congress to block a new assault weapons ban, but he is not discounting any proposal backed by the full power of the White House.

Senior members of Congress have pledged to ban assault weapons and limit the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines like the one used to kill 27 people, most of them children, at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, last month.

US vice president Joe Biden is expected to send a comprehensive package of recommendations for curbing gun violence to President Barack Obama on Tuesday, including universal background checks and bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

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