President Obama is considering taking unilateral action to begin tackling the issue, says USA Today. The White House won’t say specifically what actions the president is weighing, but Vice President Biden on Wednesday made clear that the use of presidential “executive order” is possible. Biden is heading a task force on gun violence that will develop a broad set of recommendations for Obama. He is meeting Thursday with hunters and gun owners groups, including a representative from the NRA, and a separate meeting with entertainment industry officials.
“The president is going to act,” Biden said Wednesday at the start of a task force meeting with representatives of gun safety and victims’ groups. Obama has endorsed calls from some Democratic lawmakers to reinstate an assault-weapons ban, restrict the sizes of high-capacity ammunition magazines and tighten background checks — all requiring legislative action. But the coalition of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, led by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has called for Obama to consider several measures that they said could be implemented without congressional approval.