New York lawmakers voted for tough new gun control laws overnight Tuesday, making it the first state to take such action since the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre last month.
President Obama will announce his plan to tighten gun control laws later this week, after Tuesday's review of Vice President Joe Biden's proposals. Obama has vowed to take action with or without congressional approval.
"I'm confident that there are some steps that we can take that don't require legislation and that are within my authority as president," Obama said.
The president wants to ban assault weapons and extend background checks for people who purchase firearms at gun shows. To bring that about, Congress must act.
"Members of Congress, I think, are going to have to have a debate and examine their own conscience," Obama said.
The National Rifle Association said it already has enough congressional votes to block some of Obama's plan.
"We need to have it stopped, but to somehow believe that taking guns away from people is the answer, I don't think history shows that that's the right way to do it," Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., told CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday.
The Obama administration has suggested using executive orders to bypass Congress if it cannot get the gun control measures it wants.
But some in Congress are cautioning the president.
"I'm against having a king," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said. "I think having a monarch is what we fought the American Revolution over and someone who wants to bypass the constitution, bypass Congress, that's someone who wants to act like a king or a monarch."
Paul told CBN News that members of Congress are prepared to fight any overreach by the president.
"I've been opposed to executive orders even with Republican presidents," Paul said. "But one that wants to infringe on the Second Amendment we will fight tooth and nail and I promise you, they'll be no rock left unturned as far as trying to stop him from usurping the Constitution, running roughshod over Congress and you will see one heck of a debate if he decides to try to do this."
Meanwhile, Americans continue lining up to buy firearms. Obama blames gun advocates for stirring up fear that everyone's guns will be confiscated.