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Obama to unveil gun violence, school security measures

From staff and wire reports
January 16th, 2013

The president’s framework is based on recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden, who led a wide-ranging task force on gun violence.

President Barack Obama’s broad effort to reduce gun violence and boost school security will include proposed bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, as well as more than a dozen executive orders aimed at circumventing congressional opposition to stricter gun control.

The president also is calling for more anti-bullying efforts; more training for teachers, counselors, and principals; and funding for more counselors and school resource officers.

Obama was expected to announce the measures Jan. 16 at a White House event that will bring together law enforcement officials, lawmakers, and children who wrote to him about gun violence following last month’s shooting of 20 young students and six adults at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.

The broad package Obama will unveil also will include efforts to increase the availability of mental health services.

But Congress would have to approve the bans on assault weapons and ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets, along with a requirement for universal background checks on gun buyers. Some gun control advocates worry that opposition from Republicans and conservative Democrats, as well as the National Rifle Association, will be too great to overcome.

(Next page: More details about Obama’s plan)

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