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Gun control and president-elect Obama

Oklahoman Modified: November 8, 2008 at 6:03 am •  Published: November 8, 2008
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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.