Sweeping new gun laws proposed by influential liberal think tank
By Philip Rucker, Saturday, January 12, 3:16 PM
With President Obama readying an overhaul of the nationís gun laws, a liberal think tank with singular influence throughout his administration is pushing for a sweeping agenda of strict new restrictions on and federal oversight of gun and ammunition sales.
The Center for American Progress is recommending 13 new gun policies to the White House ó some of them executive actions that would not require the approval of Congress ó in what amounts to the progressive communityís wish list.
CAPís proposals ó which include requiring universal background checks, banning military-grade assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips and modernizing data systems to track gun sales and enforce existing laws ó are all but certain to face stiff opposition from the National Rifle Association and its many allies in Congress.
Obama, as well as Vice President Biden, who is leading the administrationís gun violence task force, has voiced support for many of these measures. Yet it is unclear which policies he ultimately will propose to Congress. Biden is planning to present his groupís recommendations to Obama this Tuesday.
CAPís recommendations, presented Friday to White House officials and detailed in an 11-page report obtained by The Washington Post, establish a benchmark for what many in Obamaís liberal base are urging him to do following last monthís massacre at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn.
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