Obama will move ahead on gun control this week

President Obama said he will review new proposals Monday aimed at curbing gun violence, then publicly announce his plans to move forward on legislation and executive actions later this week.

Obama plans to meet Monday afternoon with Vice President Biden, who has spent the past several weeks conferring with interest groups and developing recommendations.

"My starting point is not to worry about the politics, but to focus on what makes sense and what works," Obama said at a news conference. "What should we be doing to make sure our children are safe and reduce incidents of gun violence? We can do it in a way that comports with the Second Amendment."

Aides have said Obama favors a re-implementation of a ban on assault weapons, something most Republicans and some Democrats in Congress have said they likely will not support. Asked what he would do if an assault weapons ban isn't achieved, Obama declined to be specific. But he said: "Members of Congress must have a debate and examine their own conscience."

In the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., last week, Obama has pledged to move quickly to implement new gun control restrictions and improvements to mental health programs.

David Nakamura covers the White House. He has previously covered sports, education and city government and reported from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Japan.

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