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President Obama's gun control proposal

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- President Barack Obama laid out his proposal for gun control on Wednesday, and said he is taking 23 executive actions to curb gun violence.

Part of the president's executive actions includes measures to encourage schools to hire police officers, increase research on gun violence and improve efforts to prosecute gun crime.

The executive actions are part of an overarching package assembled by a task force led by Vice President Joe Biden. The measures come a month after the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, that killed 20 elementary school children.

Obama is directing the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence and is seeking rules to ensure that law enforcement conducts background checks before returning seized firearms.

One way the president is using his executive authority is to increase the information available in data banks in the background check system. He is also asking Congress to expand background checks on gun buyers to include private sales.

The White House calls background checks the most efficient and effective way to keep guns away from dangerous individuals and says nearly 40 percent of gun sales are conducted by private individuals now exempt from checking the backgrounds of buyers.

The president wants Congress to close loopholes that permit private gun transactions to occur without background checks.

President Obama is also ordering federal agencies to make "relevant data" available to the federal background check system and to remove barriers that might prevent states from providing information, particularly mental health data, for background checks.

President Obama intends to nominate Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Jones is the agency's acting director.

Obama says the nation must shield kids from gun violence.

"Their voices should compel us to change," President Obama said. 

Danielle Lama will have local reaction on the President's proposal tonight on 27 News at 5 & 6.

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