WATCH: Obama Unveils New Gun Control Proposals

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TIME’s cover this week features “The Gunfighters,” the trio of politicians on the front lines of a new gun-control plan in the wake of last month’s Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting that claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and seven adults in Newtown, Conn. Since the tragedy, Vice President Joe Biden has led the charge toward gun regulations, speaking with police officers, legislators, and victims groups to draw up a recommendation that President Obama is set to announce Wednesday morning. TIME’s Michael Scherer has an insider look at the negotiations in this week’s cover story — see a preview of his reporting on Swampland.

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In the past, TIME has featured extensive reporting on the gun-control debate: Dozens of mass shootings in our nation’s history have been splashed across the cover of the magazine. TIME reporters have examined legislators’ efforts to rein in guns while still preserving Americans’ Second Amendment rights, a debate that has found a renewed voice in the weeks after the Newtown massacre.

(Archive Gallery: TIME’s Gun Covers, 1968-2013)