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President Barack Obama signs executive orders outlining proposals to reduce gun violence Wednesday in the South Court Auditorium at the White House in Washington.

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Obama unveils $500 million gun violence package

Braced for a fight, President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled the most sweeping proposals for curbing gun violence in two decades, pressing a reluctant Congress to pass universal background checks and bans on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines like the ones used in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting.

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