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White House gun plan: What to expect

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After a month of national mourning over the Connecticut school shooting victims, and two weeks of gathering gun control recommendations, the White House is working on its gun control plan Tuesday.

Reports are the plan will encompass everything from mental health and better background checks, to assault rifles and ammunition regulations. The White House is working on its plan right now, and could release it as soon as Wednesday. .

But the Newtown, Conn. parents want action now, and they're already getting it -- at least in New York.

"This is a promise to turn the conversation into actions," said Nicole Hockley the mother of Sandy Hook shooting victim Dylan Hockley. "Things must change. This is the time."

Sandy Hook parents are urging any kind of change that will protect kids, no matter where they are. The White House is hoping to tap into their emotion and energy, and is considering dozens of proposals.

Sources say the vice president's report calls for tougher enforcement of existing laws, more money for schools to hire security and better screenings to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill -- things many gun rights groups support.

On the other hand, there are more controversial proposals like banning assault weapons and restrictions on ammo. They may have a tough time getting through Congress, but the New York Senate passed those measures Monday night, along with a provision that would require the reporting of mentally ill people who say they're going to use a gun illegally.

"This is not about taking anyone's rights away, but about securing the right of all New Yorkers to live in a safe and free society," New York Republican State Senator Jeffrey Klein said.

The New York State Assembly is expected to vote on the Senate bill Wednesday. Nationally, the president can sign executive orders on items like enforcement of current laws whenever he would like, but the restrictions on guns and ammunition could take a while to move through Congress.

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