He wants Congress to pass an assault weapon ban and to limit magazines to ten rounds. He won’t get either.
He also signed a whole bunch of executive orders. Here is the summary.
The president, immediately after making his remarks, signed nearly two-dozen executive actions — a step that has stirred objections from lawmakers who have warned Obama not to overstep his bounds.
Unilaterally, Obama on Wednesday directed federal agencies to share information with the federal background check system; proposed new rules to let law enforcement run full background checks before returning a seized gun; ordered the Centers for Disease Control to research causes of gun violence; required law enforcement to trace guns from criminal investigations; and took other steps. Plus Obama is nominating ATF Acting Director Todd Jones to officially lead the agency
The most controversial elements of the president’s plan, though, continue to be the proposals he wants Congress to pass.
The call for universal background checks would extend to gun shows and private sales, with “limited” exemptions for “certain transfers” among family members and other situations. The administration plans to give private sellers guidance on how to run background checks as soon as possible.
About what we expected. If he didn’t want to play Lone Ranger hero, he probably could have got gun rights people to agree to some of that.