Obama’s gun-control proposals

President Obama proposed expansive gun-control policies aimed at curbing gun violence. The Obama administration can implement about half of the proposals, but the others — arguably some of the more critical initiatives — will require congressional approval. Read related article or Obama's full remarks on the proposals.

background checks

Background checks

88 percent of Americans support background checks on people buying guns at gun shows.


Military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines

58 percent of Americans support a nationwide ban on the sale of assault weapons.


Gun violence research


Gun safety


School safety

55 percent of Americans support placing an armed guard in every school.


Mental health

56 percent of Americans think inadequate treatment of mentally ill people contributes a great deal to gun violence.

SOURCE: White House.
GRAPHIC: Karen Yourish, Laura Stanton and Kat Downs - The Washington Post. Published Jan. 16, 2013.

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