Video report by ITV News Correspondent Emma Murphy.
President Obama is to press ahead with unilateral action to address gun violence and will meet with the US Attorney General on Monday to finalise a series of new measures.
In a televised address, Obama said 2016 was a year to resolve "unfinished business" and said he had received "too many letters from parents, teachers and kids to sit around doing nothing."
The President has repeatedly called for Congress to tighten gun laws, following a string of school massacres and mass shootings in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino in California in recent months.
Frustrated by lack of action by Congress, Obama has vowed to use "whatever power this office holds" to put in place gun control measures.
Watch Obama's full video message here:
According to the Washington Post, Obama will finalise executive actions to be unveiled next week - including extended background-checks - which do not require approval from Congress.