President Obama: Gun Control Specifics to Come Within Days
President Barack Obama says he's reviewing a list of proposals from Vice President Joe Biden about how to reduce gun violence and expects to present specifics later this week.
Obama says stronger background checks, a meaningful ban on assault weapons and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines are all ideas he thinks make sense. He says he's not sure how many of those measures can pass Congress.
Obama says in a news conference in the East Room of the White House that he expects Congress to set aside politics and focus on common-sense steps that can make a difference.
Obama asked Biden to lead a task force on ways to reduce violence after the December massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, that killed 27 people -- mostly children.
Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Schumer says requiring universal background checks is something that could pass Congress despite political opposition to gun control.
Schumer, a New York Democrat, says he'd like to see an assault weapons ban pass, too. But he says passing gun control measures is not easy.
Because enforcing background checks on all gun purchases doesn't change the rules on who can own guns, Schumer says he sees it as "a way to come to the middle and get something real done." Right now, advocates say some 40 percent of gun sales occur without background checks, such as those at gun shows.
Schumer spoke to reporters at the Capitol Monday. (AP)