Obama to Hold Town Hall on Guns

The event's timing coincides with the 5th anniversary of the shooting of Gabrielle Giffords.

President Obama will hold a town hall meeting on guns, hosted by Anderson Cooper at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The town hall will take place on Thursday and follow his anticipated executive actions on gun control early this week.

Obama will sit down with Cooper at 8 p.m. ET for the event, titled "Guns in America." The event's timing coincides with the fifth anniversary, next Friday, of the shooting of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona, in a rampage that left six dead and 13 others wounded.

In addition to discussing gun issues with Cooper, Obama will also take questions from the audience on the issue.

Before the town hall, Obama will meet with Attorney General Loretta Lynch to discuss his gun control plans:

Plans for the action are not yet complete, and those familiar with the process warn that unforeseen circumstances could delay an announcement. But gun control advocates are expecting the new actions to be revealed next week, ahead of Obama's annual State of the Union address, set for January 12.

Those familiar with the plans say that Obama will focus on the "gun show loop hole."