President Obama is looking at the recommendations from his Vice President's task force on gun violence. The President is expected to announce steps to curb gun violence before the week is up. For some of those measures he'll need lawmakers help, but he's also weighing what he can do without Congress. As early as Wednesday he could announce his proposals - but some are already meeting resistance on Capitol Hill. Republicans led a reading of the Constitution on the House floor today. Pro-gun lawmakers say an assault weapons ban will not pass Congress. President Obama says he will act on some ideas with or with out Congress.
He's considering 19 different steps from beefing up Federal Data collection on criminals with guns to tougher penalties for gun trafficking. Currently weapons and ammo sold at gun shows and on the Internet can be purchased without a background check. Instituting universal background checks would need approval from Congress - and it's something the NRA opposes