President Barack Obama is pressing for a ban on military-style firearms and for universal background checks for gun buyers, taking his case directly to the public amid divisions over the proposals in Congress.

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President Obama arrives in Minnesota (WCCO TV)

Obama says the measures to limit access to some weapons or to require a check of criminal histories during weapons purchases are common sense measures that have support of the public.

But he says: "We don't have to agree on everything to agree it's time to do something."

Before his remarks Monday, Obama held a roundtable discussion at the Minneapolis Police Department Special Operations Center, speaking with law enforcement and community leaders.

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