New gun regulations expected this week
Updated On: Jan 15 2013 11:21:46 AM EST
President Barack Obama is expected to present a new gun regulations to Congress within days.
So far, some ideas include stronger background checks, a meaningful ban on assault weapons, and limits on high-capacity ammunition magazines.
The White House does face opposition from the NRA and its supporters.
To put these regulations in place, he can use an executive order, but would most likely face an uphill battle if Congress opposes.
The president spoke about the proposed rules Monday during a news conference.
Lawmakers said the president will take 19 separate actions, including limiting the import of guns from overseas, the sharing of mental health records among federal agencies and ordering a national study on gun violence.
He’s also expected to call on Congress to pass a bill for universal background checks. An extension of background checks to gun shows would close what gun control advocates say is a loop-hole in the system.
“I'm confident that there are some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president,” President Obama said.
He went on to say members of Congress are going to have to debate and examine their own conscience.
Under existing federal laws private individuals can sell or buy guns without getting a background check.
Here in South Florida, people are taking action to protect themselves despite the latest gun debate.
Over the weekend, thousands showed up in Fort Lauderdale for a gun event because of all the gun regulation talk.
Lawmakers in Florida have even floated the idea of having armed teachers in the classroom.
A web site has already popped up offering a course. That course is scheduled to take place on Sunday at Technon Tactical Academy in Hollywood.
That six-hour course is open for registration and teachers can take part in a personal safety course as well as a gun class.
Guns are not allowed on school property.