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On guns, Obama and Romney hard to pin down

Presidential candidates seen as conflicted

As governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney signed a state law banning assault weapons and hiked gun license fees by 300 percent. During his US Senate run in 1994, Romney endorsed a federal assault weapons ban and also backed the Brady Bill, which required background checks on people who purchase guns from federally licensed dealers.

In the Illinois Senate, Barack Obama supported outlawing all semiautomatic weapons — including the type of pistol wielded by Wade Michael Page when he shot dead six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on Sunday. As an early-term president, Obama said he would work to renew the federal assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.

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