Obama Will Unveil His Plans for Gun Control; Proposals Spurred by School Shooting Will Come This Week, but He Acknowledges Hurdles They'll Face in Congress

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WASHINGTON President Barack Obama said Monday that he will unveil a package of proposals to combat gun violence this week, but acknowledged the daunting politics of getting all the legislative components through Congress.

Speaking at a news conference one month after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Obama said members of Congress are going to have to have a debate and examine their own conscience when it comes to considering gun legislation.

If everybody across party lines was as deeply moved (by the Newtown shootings) and saddened as I was, then were going to have to vote based on what we think is best, he added.

Vice President Joe Biden, along with several Cabinet secretaries, have compiled a list of common sense steps to reduce gun violence, Obama said the fruits of a nearly monthlong working group that consulted with law enforcement, gun rights groups, mental health advocates and gun-control supporters, among others.

In the White House news conference, Obama reiterated his policy priorities, which he had endorsed immediately after the latest school shooting: strengthening background checks on gun purchasers, limiting access to high-capacity ammunition magazines, and an assault weapons ban that is meaningful. …


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