President Obama Holds Final News Conference Of First Term

Obama to unveil gun violence reduction proposals Wednesday

by Justin Sink and Daniel Strauss, The Hill  |  published on January 16, 2013

‪President Barack Obama will unveil his proposal to combat gun violence at an event Wednesday morning, and will seek bans on assault weapons and high-capacity clips and increased background checks on gun buyers, the White House announced Tuesday.‬

“Tomorrow the president and the vice president will hold an event here at the White House to unveil a package of concrete proposals to reduce gun violence and prevent future tragedies like the one in Newtown, Connecticut,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said. “They will be joined by children from around the country who wrote the president letters in the wake of that tragedy expressing their concerns about gun violence and school safety, along with their parents.”‬

The event is scheduled for 11:45 a.m. Confirmed attendees include members of Mayors Against Illegal Guns and members of Congress involved in gun reform efforts.

Carney hinted that Obama was likely to introduce an “comprehensive” package, saying the proposals will include “the assault weapons ban, including a measure to ban high-capacity magazine clips, including an effort to close the very big loopholes in the background check system in our country.”‬

The president is also expected to outline 19 executive actions that he can unilaterally take, according to Capitol Hill Democrats briefed on his plan. Those executive actions are likely to include more aggressive enforcement of existing gun laws, increasing federal research on gun violence, and stronger prosecutions of those who lie on gun background checks.‬

“I’m confident there are some steps we can take that don’t require legislation,” Obama said at a press conference Monday.‬

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