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Obama puts gun control centre stage as Biden appointed to lead task force

Obama puts gun control centre stage as Biden appointed to lead task force

Barack Obama is to put the issue of tackling gun violence at the heart of his second term, placing his vice-president in charge of a task force to produce concrete proposals on the reform of firearm laws within weeks.

In an announcement that places him on a collision course with entrenched and powerful vested interests, Obama pledged on Wednesday to force action on one of the most emotive issues in the US.

Aware of the dangers of letting the emotion released by the Newtown shootings fade, he ordered the task force, under vice-president Joe Biden, to produce legislation that could be sent to Congress in January.

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