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Obama to seek background checks, assault weapon ban

Even Democrats in Congress are likely to resist

WASHINGTON — President Obama will formally announce the most aggressive and expansive national gun-control agenda in generations Wednesday as he presses Congress to mandate background checks for all firearm buyers and prohibit assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition clips.

The announcement will set off a fierce confrontation with Congress over an issue that has riven American society for decades. Obama’s far-reaching firearms agenda has at best tepid support from his party leaders and puts him at odds with Democratic centrists.

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