Obama seeks public support on gun proposals

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - It may face an uphill battle in Congress, but a spokesman says President Barack Obama remains committed to the assault weapons ban.

And Jay Carney says it's too early to write off prospects for any parts of Obama's gun control package.

Obama is in Minnesota today, looking for support from the public and from the law enforcement community for his calls to ban assault weapons and institute universal background checks for gun buyers.

President Barack Obama will look from support from the public and law enforcement community today when he visits Minneapolis to push for his gun control proposals.

Minnesota recently has taken steps to tackle gun violence, including a push for stricter background checks.

Obama's visit to the Minneapolis Police Department's Special Operations Center marks the first time he's campaigning on his controversial proposals outside of Washington.

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