US President Barack Obama has said he will review a set of "common sense steps" to reduce gun violence proposed by Vice President Joe Biden.
Mr Obama will announce a plan this week to pursue legislation and measures he could implement on his own.
Though the proposals have not been made public, a rough outline of what the president hopes to pursue is clear.
Mr Obama reiterated that he would support reinstating a ban on assault weapons, stricter controls on high-capacity ammunition clips, and stronger background checks.
He suggested that changes to how data on guns used by criminals is gathered and tracked could be made through an administrative action.
The influential National Rifle Association and other pro-gun rights groups are fiercely opposed to tighter gun laws.
Mr Biden delivered his recommendations to Mr Obama after a series of meetings with representatives from the weapons and entertainment industry.
The vice president is part of a task force requested by Mr Obama after the 14 December school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in which 20 children and six adults were killed.
Mr Obama has called the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School the worst day of his presidency and vowed to take action.
Yesterday, he said he would study the panel's ideas and then move forward "vigorously" on those that he endorsed, including some actions he could take without congressional approval.
He acknowledged that some of the legislative proposals could have trouble getting through Congress, but he appealed to politicians to listen to their conscience once the legislative process begins.
"We're going to have to come up with answers that set politics aside", Mr Obama said.
There is opposition in both major parties to restricting the access and availability of guns, although Republicans, who control the House of Representatives, traditionally are seen as being more resistant to such efforts.
Mr Obama said gun enthusiasts would be hard-pressed to say his administration had infringed on their constitutional right to bear arms.
Parents of the slain Connecticut children added their voices to the national dialogue.
Members of the newly-formed group Sandy Hook Promise called for an open-minded discussion about a range of issues, including guns, mental health and safety in schools and other public places.