WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is about to urge a reluctant Congress to ban military-style assault weapons as well as the kinds of high-capacity ammunition magazines used in last month's massacre of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Conn.
He plans, on Wednesday, to announce a broad package that also includes efforts to stop bullying and boost availability of mental health services. It's expected to include more than a dozen steps the president can take on his own through executive action.
Those measures will be limited in scope, and in some cases, focused simply on enforcing existing laws.
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. Opposition from the National Rifle Association, Republicans and conservative Democrats may be too much to overcome.