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Obama: 'AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals'

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“But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals; that they belong on the battlefield of war, not on the streets of our cities,” he said.

In his remarks — the most extensive on the gun-control topic during his presidency — Obama said he believes most gun owners would agree “we should do everything possible" to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons and that criminal records should be carefully examined before they obtain firearms. The president, who spent time with victims of the Colorado shooting on Sunday, also offered that "a mentally unbalanced individual should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily."

“These steps shouldn’t be controversial,” he said. “They should be common sense."

For more on Obama's remarks, click here.

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