Could take Executive Action if Congress Doesn't

President Calls for Tougher Gun Ownership Laws

By Peter Neumann

January 16, 2013 Updated Jan 18, 2013 at 1:31 AM EDT

WASHINGTON, D.C. ( --- President Obama is proposing stricter background checks and a new assault weapons ban.

The President and Vice-President Biden spoke of the 'moral obligation' to take action. With children in attendance from around the country who symbolize the horrific massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the President outlined his sweeping proposals to curb gun-related violence.

He called December 14th the 'worst day of my presidency' when twenty children and six adults were killed at the hand of a young gunman who entered the elementary school and started shooting using multiple weapons.

The President says he will use executive action if necessary to enact laws if Congress does come together to tighten assault gun ownership laws on its own.

He is proposing a universal background check regardless of where and how you purchase a gun.

He wants a ban on military-style assault weapons, and a clip limit of ten rounds.

He also wants a ban on the further manufacture of military-style assault weapons.

President Obama tapped Vice-President Biden to work with legislators, interest groups and the community in crafting new gun law objectives.

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