President Obama shared the stage with schoolchildren as he announced a gun control plan to combat violence. Top of the list: banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, making schools safer, and improving mental health services.
The new New York gun-control laws would tighten the restrictions on ownership of assault rifles. Ammunition magazines would be restricted to seven bullets. The proposed law also increases sentences for gun-related crimes.
But some lawmakers say last month's school shooting in Connecticut, where a gunman with a legally purchased high-powered rifle shot dead 20 young children and six adults, has transformed the debate and that Americans are ready for stricter gun laws.
Expanded background checks may well be among Vice President Biden's recommended gun policy reforms in response to the Newtown school shootings. They'd be aimed at closing the 'gun show loophole.' Here's what that would mean.
A school in Ohio will arm janitors after its board raised the issue for a vote Wednesday. Officials from the school that will arm four janitors said the community members hold the second amendment close to their hearts.