Bonjean says Obama's task is complicated by the fact that when it comes to Second Amendment rights, lawmakers break down along regional as well as party lines.
Obama acknowledged those regional differences, but continued to push lawmakers to at least vote on his proposals.
"I recognize not everybody agrees with every issue, there are regional differences," he said. "The experience of gun ownership is different in urban areas than it is in rural areas, different from upstate and downstate Illinois. But these proposals deserve a vote in Congress. They deserve a vote."