President Barack Obama is starting to put together his gun violence agenda, with the first, tentative steps including items the president has at least in name supported for years.

And the White House is reaching out to Congress on how to proceed.

On Tuesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney noted several legislative items that the president supports, including the plan of Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., to renew an assault weapons ban, legislation to close the gun show loophole on background checks and, potentially, a ban on large-capacity magazines.

Carney also noted that the president spoke Tuesday with Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., a conservative gun rights advocate who said Monday after the Newtown, Conn., elementary school massacre that he could support new restrictions on military-style rifles and large magazines as part of a broader effort to deal with gun violence. Manchin and Obama have rarely talked in the past.

Carney called the comments of Manchin and others “heartening.”

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