Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package
WASHINGTON - Even as he uses his executive powers to enact 23 measures that don't require the approval of Congress, President Barack Obama says there's only so much he can do to reduce gun violence unless lawmakers act. He says that's what it will take to make a "real and lasting difference."
His executive orders include tougher penalties for people who lie on background checks. And they give schools flexibility to use federal grant money to improve school safety. A presidential memorandum will instruct the Centers for Disease Control to research causes and prevention of gun violence.
Obama wants Congress to renew and expand a ban on assault weapons, and limit high-capacity magazines.
And he wants lawmakers to close loopholes that permit private gun transactions to occur without background checks. The White House says nearly 40 percent of gun sales are conducted by private individuals now exempt from checking the backgrounds of buyers.
The White House issued a statement describing the president's overall plan; click here to read it.