WASHINGTON, Jan 6 (Reuters) - The White House is weighing a far broader approach to curbing U.S. gun violence than just reinstating a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.
A working group led by Vice
President Joseph Biden is seriously considering measures that would
require universal background checks for gun buyers and track the
movement and sale of weapons through a national database, the newspaper
The measures would also strengthen mental
health checks and stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or
giving them to minors, the Post said. The approach is backed by law
enforcement leaders, it said.
Obama assigned Biden the job of designing the strategy after the
massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school last month that
killed 20 children and six adults.
To sell such
changes, the White House is developing strategies to work around the
National Rifle Association (NRA), the powerful gun lobby.
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