White House gun announcement to come Wednesday

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 - 3:00pm

President Barack Obama will announce "concrete" proposals to prevent gun violence at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday.

He will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden who led the administration's efforts to determine policy steps to take. Obama said Monday he was reviewing Biden's proposals.

President Barack Obama said at a news conference on Monday, "I expect to have a fuller presentation later in the week to give people some specifics about what I think we need to do."

Rep. Elizabeth Esty, a freshman Connecticut Democrat who was vice chairwoman of Vice President Joe Biden's gun panel, acknowledged the forthcoming announcement earlier Tuesday. Her district includes Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children at an elementary school were among the 27 killed December 14 by a gunman who also shot and killed himself.

"We are focused on a comprehensive approach that will deal with true gun safety regulations and protect the rights of responsible gun owners but also deal with mental health issues but most importantly keeping our children and our communities safe," Esty told reporters Tuesday.

Biden held a meeting with that panel on Monday, the White House said. 

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