Obama, in his weekly recorded address, said yesterday he has received "too many letters from parents, and teachers, and kids, to sit around and do nothing."

He has repeatedly urged Congress to tighten gun laws. His calls grew louder following the 2012 massacre at an elementary school in New town, Connecticut, and again after mass shootings in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and San Bernardino, California in recent months.

The Washington Post, citing several individuals briefed on the matter, said Obama and Lynch would finalize executive actions, which do not require congressional approval, that he will unveil next week.

Frustrated by Congress, Obama has vowed to use "whatever power this office holds" to put in place gun control measures.

Obama's address came as a Texas law allowing licensed firearms owners to carry handguns openly in public places took effect.

On Thursday, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Obama was aware Congress was unlikely to act on gun reform.

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