Obama campaign organization could be put to work on gun control

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's campaign organization is still active -- and it could be used to help Obama fight for approval of the gun-control initiatives he announced yesterday.

Obama's campaign manager, Jim Messina, sent an email to Obama supporters today, urging them to sign a petition backing the proposals. And he's promising "more soon" from the campaign organization.

Obama is also expected to travel around the country pitching for his proposals.

Looking to sidestep some congressional opposition, he also signed 23 executive actions, including orders to make more federal data available for background checks.

But he acknowledged that the steps he took on his own would have less impact than the broad measures requiring approval from Congress.

He wants a ban on assault weapons, and a limit on the size of ammunition magazines.

The fate of his plan could hinge on a handful of moderate Democratic senators. They're not likely to endorse the assault weapons ban, but could go along with other proposals, such as universal background checks on gun purchases.

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APPHOTO ORMED101: Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters voices his opinion on President Barack Obama's gun control plans during a news conference on Jan. 16, 2013. From Oregon to Mississippi, President Barack Obama's proposed ban on new assault weapons and large-capacity magazines struck a nerve among rural lawmen and lawmakers, many of whom vowed to ignore any restrictions, and even try to stop federal officials from enforcing gun policy in their jurisdictions. (AP Photo/The Medford Mail Tribune, Jamie Lusch) (17 Jan 2013)

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APPHOTO DCSW105: President Barack Obama, accompanied by children who wrote the president about gun violence following last month's shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., signs executive orders, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington. The children and their parents from left, Hinna Zeejah, 8, and Nadia Zeejah, Hinna's mother, Taejah Goode, 10, and Kimberly Graves, Taejah's mother, Julia Stokes, 11, and Dr. Theophil Stokes, Julia's father, and Grant Fritz, 8, and Elisabeth Carlin, Grant's mother. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (16 Jan 2013)

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