President Barack Obama could take up to 19 executive actions on gun control, as part of a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence expected to be announced Wednesday, according to multiple news reports.
The White House's plan calls for an assault weapons ban, universal background checks and sets limits on the number of bullets magazines can hold, according to the Washington Post.
It also lays out the possible actions the president could take without Congressional approval, including imposing new limits on guns imported from overseas, requiring federal agencies to improve the sharing of mental health records, directing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct research on gun violence, and strengthening enforcement of existing laws, the New York Times reports.
A task force led by Vice President Joe Biden developed the proposals after meeting with a range of experts and interest groups including gun rights supporters, law enforcement officials, mental health experts, gun safety advocates, members of the entertainment and video game industries, representatives from major firearms sellers like Wal-Mart, and victims of gun violence.
After last month's mass-shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., Obama promised to "take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics."