President Obama Will Hold Town Hall On Gun Violence

"Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton has also called for more aggressive executive actions on guns".

He then spent much of his two-week winter vacation out of the public eye, playing golf with friends and dining out with his family. If you are one of them, I need your help, "Obama said in a weekly address".

The town hall meeting comes after several large shootings, from the Paris attacks overseas to the San Bernardino shooting, occurred in the past year.

U.S. President Barack Obama is heading back to Washington from his holiday vacation, looking immediately to impose new controls on gun sales.

The Vermont senator told ABC's "This Week" that he believes "there is a wide consensus" that "we should expand and strengthen the instant background check".

"I expect 2016 will look a lot like 2015, the president and his team continuing to put substantive legacy-worth points on the board while the political circus is focused on Trump and the rest", said Dan Pfeiffer, a former White House adviser.

Obama is entering the last year of his presidency, set to leave office in January 2017 after eight years in the White House.

Federally licensed gun sellers are required by law to seek criminal background checks before completing a sale.

It will take place at the George Mason University in Virginia, with a live audience representing different sides of the debate.

Obama's town hall on gun violence, hosted by CNN's Anderson Cooper, will air 8 p.m. Eastern on Thursday. The top items on his agenda include securing congressional passage of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, and a possible trip to Cuba.

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