WASHINGTON (OfficialWire) — Acknowledging opposition in Congress, President Barack Obama said Monday he is reviewing actions he can take on his own to confront gun violence and said he will present a plan within days.
Stronger background checks, a meaningful ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines are all on the table, Obama said, although he conceded he was unsure how many of those steps could pass Congress. Fierce resistance from the powerful National Rifle Association has lawmakers from both parties wary of embracing tougher laws.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Friday that while he thought an assault weapons ban may be able to pass the Democratic-led Senate, he doubted that it could garner the necessary support among the Republican majority in the House.
Opposition from the well-funded and politically powerful NRA underscores the challenges that await the White House if it seeks congressional approval for limiting guns and ammunition. Obama can use his executive powers to act alone on some gun measures, but his options on the proposals opposed by the NRA are limited without Congress’ cooperation.
“I’m confident there are some steps we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president,” Obama said in a news conference in the East Room of the White House.
Read More at OfficialWire . By Julie Pace.
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