Obama is heading to Minnesota on Monday to campaign for gun control. The Democratic-leaning state has been actively involved in studying and developing news ways to curb gun violence for several years now.
The White House picked Minneapolis as the backdrop for Obama’s remarks in part because of recent steps the city has taken to tackle gun violence, including a push for stricter background checks.
After a spike in violent crimes, the city launched a program in 2008 aimed at providing more resources for at-risk youth and helping rehabilitate young people who have already perpetrated crimes. In January, Minneapolis also hosted a regional summit on gun violence for elected officials from around the Midwest.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau and Hennepin County Sheriff Richard Stanek are also among the officials Obama has consulted as he pursues his anti-gun violence measures.
Stanek has also been leading a group of Minnesota sheriffs pushing for stronger background checks for people trying to buy guns.
The president will continue campaigning across the country to build support for his gun-control agenda. The administration has also activated its campaign network to promote his proposals—including the outside group Organizing for Action. White House officials say acting swiftly to promote the measures will help increase the chances of passing legislation in Congress.