President Barack Obama called on a team of officials Wednesday to give him proposals to help cut down on gun violence no later than next month.
Those suggestions could include putting an end to the "gun show loophole" that for years has let buyers purchase firearms at gun shows without going through background checks.
"This time, the words need to lead to action," Obama said, adding that Vice President Joe Biden will oversee the team making recommendations.
At least one local lawmaker said this is not a bad idea.
"Mechanisms should be in place to make sure we know who is buying these guns," said state Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, a longtime critic of using public facilities for gun shows. "In general, I have been in favor of closing the loophole for a long time."
Gun shows are held on city property locally, such as the Will Rogers Memorial Center, generating thousands of dollars a year in city revenue. The Fort Worth Gun Show will be held at Will Rogers this weekend.
Obama's request comes in the wake of the deadly and horrific Connecticut school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead.-- Anna M. Tinsley