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Obama to Make His Move on Gun Control

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will host children from around the country at a White House event Wednesday to unveil their package of proposals to curb gun violence in the United States.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney declined to offer specifics of the proposals, but said that the children invited to the event had written letters to the president expressing concerns about gun violence and school safety in the wake of the Dec 14th school shootings in Newtown, Conn.

"I would simply note that the president has made clear that he intends to take a comprehensive approach," Carney said Tuesday. (Read More: What Obama Is Likely to Propose on Gun Control.)

The vice president, who has been meeting with interest groups and speaking to families of the children killed in the Newtown incident, suggested last week that the administration might move forward on a series of executive orders—which do not require congressional approval—to curb gun violence.

Speculation about the administration's range of proposals has focused on a revised assault weapons ban, a limit to the number of bullets that can be held in a magazine of ammunition and enhanced background checks for gun buyers. (Read More: NY State Passes First Gun Control Bill Since Newtown.)

But Carney cautioned reporters not to jump to conclusions.

"I would urge you not to make assumptions about what the president will announce tomorrow based on reports that reflect, at most, an earlier stage of the process," he said.

President Barack Obama speaks as Vice President Joseph Biden listens during an announcement on gun reform on December 19, 2012.
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President Barack Obama speaks as Vice President Joseph Biden listens during an announcement on gun reform on December 19, 2012.

Carney suggested the president will suggest a range of options, each of which could be moved independently of the others.

"He's not going to say that we have to move on this one or else we don't move on that one," Carney said. (Read More: Here's What New York State's New Gun Law Would Do.)

NBC News reported that House Democrats were told Monday that the vice president and his staff have developed 19 specific areas where President Obama could use executive orders to make gun control policy. One member of Congress said it wasn't clear that the president would embrace the 19 proposals. And a participant in that meeting said the White House did not outline the specific executive order proposals.

In a press conference Monday, President Obama said his starting point for his proposals is to focus on "what makes sense."

"We're going to have to vote based on what we think is best," Obama said. "We're going to have to come up with answers that set politics aside."

Pro-gun groups are not likely to be happy with whatever the administration puts forward. NRA president David Keene emerged from a meeting with Biden last week saying the two sides simply talked past each other and that he was "disappointed" by the session. (Read More: NRA Vows to Defend Gun Rights After Biden Meeting.)

By CNBC's Eamon Javers; Follow him on Twitter: @eamonjavers

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