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Cleveland police chief backs Obama's gun proposal

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland's police chief is praising President Barack Obama's proposed gun control measures, while a local gun shop owner says the debate has boosted business.

Obama on Wednesday proposed a ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. He signed 23 executive actions, including orders to make more federal data available for background checks.

Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath tells The Plain Dealer newspaper that the force has been calling out for help for the past eight years as children are accidentally or intentionally killed by firearms. He said background checks will help save lives.

Gun shop owner Mike Dawson in suburban Cleveland says banning military-style assault weapons is not the answer, though he supports the idea of banning high-capacity gun magazines.

Dawson said some buyers are hoarding ammunition.

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