In front of children who wrote letters to him expressing concern about gun violence, President Obama will unveil proposals Wednesday to curb misuse of firearms, his response to the December massacre of 26 students and adults at their elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
The plan is to be based on recommendations from Vice President Joe Biden, Obama's point man for producing gun control measures to present to Congress.
Obama's announcement will come a day after the New York State's Assembly easily passed the toughest gun control law in the nation and the first since the Newtown massacre, calling for a stricter assault weapons ban and provisions to try to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill who make threats. (Read More: NY State Passes First Gun Control Bill Since Newtown )
Some of the proposals will require congressional action and will face an uphill battle from lawmakers, particularly in the Republican-led House. The National Rifle Association says it will fight any legislative attempts to limit access to guns and ammunition. (Read More: NRA Vows to Defend Gun Rights After Biden Meeting )
Obama could put other proposals in place by executive order.
Here are some of the proposals Obama is expected to announce:
WOULD REQUIRE CONGRESSIONAL ACTION
-- Banning assault weapons. Obama has spoken in support of such a measure. Congress passed a 10-year ban on high-grade, military-style weapons in 1994, signed into law by President Bill Clinton. But supporters didn't have the votes to renew the law when it expired in 2004. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., predicted that such a ban might clear the Senate this time, but he doubted it could get through the House.