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President Obama to push gun plan during Minneapolis visit

  • Blog Post by: Corey Mitchell
  • January 31, 2013 - 8:21 AM

President Barack Obama will meet with local leaders and law enforcement in Minneapolis on Monday to discuss his plans to reduce gun violence, a White House spokeswoman said.

The president's introduced an initiative to reduce gun violence this month. The 35-point plan includes executive actions that he can take on his own and legislative proposals that would require approval from Congress.

Naming B. Todd Jones, the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is among the executive actions that Obama has already taken. Jones has been the agency's acting director since late 2011.

"Minneapolis is a city that has taken important steps to reduce gun violence and foster a conversation in the community about what further action is needed," spokeswoman Joanna Rosholm said. "President Obama will visit with members of the community about their experiences and discuss additional steps that can be taken at the federal level to reduce gun violence."

Obama has already connected with law enforcement leaders in Minnesota. He hosted Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau along with other law enforcement leaders at the White House this week to discuss ways to stem gun violence.

The White House has not yet released information on the time and location of Obama's visit.

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