White House spokesman Jay Carney said today President Obama is "actively supportive" of Sen. Dianne Feinstein's (D-California) plan to introduce a bill to ban assault weapons on the first day of the next Congress in January 2013, reports Mediaite.com.

Carney said on Tuesday: "He is actively supportive of, for example, Senator [Dianne] Feinstein's stated intent to revive a piece of legislation that would reinstate the assault weapons ban."

“[The President] supports and would support legislation that addresses the problem of the so-called gun show loophole, and there are other elements of gun law, gun legislation that he could support. People have talked about high- capacity ammunition clips, for example, and that is something, certainly, that he would be interested in looking at.”

Carney said that President Obama had spoken on Tuesday to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, a pro-NRA Democrat, who said on Monday: “I don’t know anyone in the hunting or sporting arena that goes out with an assault rifle. I don’t know anybody that needs 30 rounds in the clip to go hunting. I mean, these are things that need to be talked about” (video below).