Barack Obama has vowed to send Congress new gun control proposals by January, including a ban on semi-automatic rifles and “high capacity” magazines, and to “close the gun show loophole.”
“This time, the words need to lead to action,” Obama said Wednesday. He tasked veep Joe Biden with leading an administration-wide effort to create the new recommendations and pledged to push for their implementation without delay.
Obama also called on Congress Wednesday to reinstate the “assault weapons” ban that expired in 2004 and to pass legislation that would close the “gun show loophole,” which allows people to purchase firearms from private dealers without a background check. Obama also said he wanted Congress to pursue the possibility of limiting high-capacity ammunition clips.
“The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing,” Obama said. “The fact that we can’t prevent every act of violence doesn’t mean we can’t steadily reduce the violence.”