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Obama launches committee to recommend gun law changes

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Amarillo, TX -- Major changes to gun laws could be up for discussion soon, after the Obama Administration announced its latest push for reform.

President Obama announced Wednesday (Dec. 19) the formation of a special committee tasked with proposing feasible changes to current gun laws to curb gun violence in the nation.

"The fact that this problem is complex can no longer be an excuse for doing nothing," Mister Obama said in a news conference.  "The fact that we can't prevent every act of violence doesn't mean we can't steadily reduce the violence, and prevent the very worst violence."

Some of the proposed changes include reinstating bans on military-style assault weapons and extended magazines, and including mental illness in background checks.

Another measure up for consideration is creating a more extensive and efficient national database in an attempt to close the so-called "gun-show loophole," a term used to describe the lax regulation at gun shows.

"The fact is the vast majority of gun owners in America are responsible," Obama said, "They buy their guns legally and they use them safely . . . But you know what, I am also betting that the majority - the vast majority - of responsible, law-abiding gun owners would be some of the first to say that we should be able to keep an irresponsible, law-breaking few from buying a weapon of war."

The committee is headed by Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder, and the President has given them a January deadline to propose a list of recommendations so he can outline them in the State of the Union Address.

Any recommendations would then have to run the gauntlet of Congress before any changes could be enacted.

If you'd like to read the full transcript of the President's remarks or see two opposing interpretations of them, follow the links attached to this story.