Obama to Unveil Gun Laws

    SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 15:  Brett Nielsen fires an AR-15 rifle at the "Get Some Guns & Ammo" shooting range on January 15, 2013 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Lawmakers are calling for tougher gun legislation after recent mass shootings at an Aurora, Colorado movie theater and at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)

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    President Obama is set to reveal a sweeping package of gun-reform measures on Wednesday, including a proposed ban on assault weapons and higher-capacity magazines, as well as universal background checks. Obama will make the announcement at an 11:45 a.m. press conference. The move comes less than 24 hours after New York became the first state to pass gun reform laws on Tuesday, a move the powerful gun lobby had already attacked as “schemes.” White House spokesman Jay Carney refused to outline any specifics of Obama’s proposal on Tuesday, but Republicans have already been gearing up for a fight since the president asked Vice President Biden to head up a task force on reducing gun violence.

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