Rep. Sander M. Levin, Michigan Democrat, said he thought there was “at least a 50-50 chance” of passing such a ban and that Congress also could limit magazine sizes, give the government more authority to track gun purchases and close the so-called gun-show loophole that lets private dealers sell firearms without requiring background checks.
Republicans criticized those efforts and warned Mr. Obama against trying to do too much through executive authority.
“I’m very worried about what they might produce,” said Rep. Tim Huelskamp, Kansas Republican. “I’m guessing if he’s going to do this, he’s probably going to go well beyond the authority that was granted to him by the Congress or the Constitution.”
Some Republicans went on the offensive. Rep. Thomas Massie, Kentucky Republican, said he would reintroduce a bill to repeal a federal law that prohibits people from knowingly carrying guns into school zones.
• Seth McLaughlin contributed to this report.
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