Fueling the concerns ...→In the Senate, Barack Obama voted to leave gun makers and dealers open to lawsuits. As an Illinois lawmaker, he backed a semiautomatic weapon ban. →Obama has said he respects the Second Amendment, but favors "common sense” gun laws. →Vice President-elect Joe Biden owns shotguns, he has supported a ban on assault weapons and has said private sellers at gun shows should be required to perform background checks.
On the other hand ...→During an October appearance, Obama said: "I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away.” →Gun advocates take solace in the makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, which has supported gun rights. →Mark Tushnet, a Harvard Law School professor who has written a book about the gun debate, said new firearms regulations will be a low priority for an Obama administration.