10 Jan 2013

Obama to act against guns with or without Congress

9:19 pm on 10 January 2013

The Obama administration has signalled it may take unilateral action on gun control in the United States if Congress won't co-operate on the issue.

Vice-President Joe Biden said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama is determined to curb gun violence, the BBC reports.

"We are not going to get caught up in the notion that unless we do everything we're going to do nothing.

"There is a pretty wide consensus on three or four or five things in the gun safety area that could and should be done."

The White House has pledged to send its proposals to Congress at the end of January.

Mr Biden warned that Mr Obama would take action independently if necessary, although he gave no specific details.

"We're reaching out to all parties on whatever side of this debate you fall. But the president is going to act. There are executive orders, executive action that can be taken."

Mr Biden is scheduled to meet the National Rifle Association on Thursday.