President Obama called upon Congress on Wednesday to toughen America’s gun laws to confront mass shootings and everyday gun violence, betting that public opinion has shifted enough to support the broadest push for gun control in a generation.
At a White House event at noon, Mr. Obama announced plans to introduce legislation by next week that includes a ban on assault weapons, limits on high-capacity magazines, expanded background checks for gun purchases and new gun trafficking laws to crack down on the spread of weapons across the country.
President Barack Obama called for background checks on all gun sales, whether in stores or at auctions and conventions, as part of efforts to prevent gun violence.
The president also called on Congress to reinstate the ban on military-style assault rifles and limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds for all weapons and urged the public to pressure Congress and the gun lobby to push for stronger steps against gun violence, saying “the only way we can change is if the American people demand it.”
Obama issued 23 executive actions to prevent gun violence that do not require congressional approval, including strengthening background checks on gun sales and expanding safety programs in schools. (Source: CNN)
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