January 16, 2013


Obama Gun Plan to Test Lawmakers

President Obama will start "a push for the most sweeping changes to gun laws in nearly two decades, testing whether lawmakers, including powerful members of his own party, are willing to ban the most controversial weapons and toughen requirements for prospective owners," the Wall Street Journal reports.

"Flanked by children who wrote him in the aftermath of the deadly shooting spree last month at a Connecticut elementary school, Mr. Obama will call for Congress to end the sale of certain semiautomatic rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines, and to require background checks to screen gun buyers for criminal violations and serious mental illness."

First Read points out Obama "is going about as big as he can go, realizing there's little political downside (at least in the short term)."

But Politico notes "there are strong indications that any comprehensive legislation restricting weapons and ammunition won't even see a vote on the House floor."










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