Obama taking 23 actions aimed at gun violence

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama is taking
23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence that don't require
congressional action, including measures to encourage schools to hire
police officers, increase research on gun violence and improve efforts
to prosecute gun crime.

The executive actions are part of an overarching
package assembled by a task force led by Vice President Joe Biden. The
measures come a month after the mass shooting in Newtown, Ct., that
killed 20 elementary school children.

Obama is directing the Centers for Disease Control
to research gun violence and is seeking rules to ensure that law
enforcement conducts background checks before returning seized firearms.

He intends to nominate Todd Jones as director of
the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Jones is the
agency's acting director.

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