Obama prepared to go it alone in effort to reduce gun violence

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Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama this week will embrace a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence. The plan will call for major legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases, but also lay out 19 separate actions the president could take by invoking his executive powers, lawmakers who were briefed on the plan said Monday.

Lawmakers and other officials said Obama could use a public event as soon as Wednesday to signal his intention to engage in the biggest congressional fight over guns in nearly two decades, focusing on the heightened background checks and including efforts to ban assault weapons and their high-capacity clips. But given the difficulty of pushing new rules through a bitterly divided Congress, Obama will also promise to act on his own to reduce gun violence wherever possible.

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