Obama Announces Executive Actions To Reduce Gun Violence: White House Seeks To Expand Background Checks, Enforcement
The following is an excerpt from ABIGAIL ABRAMS | January 4, 2016 | ibtimes.com |
President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday a set of executive actions aimed at reducing gun violence. The measures focus on expanding background checks, increasing enforcement of current laws and calling for more research into gun safety.
The White House unveiled the proposed actions Monday after the president met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI Director James Comey to discuss the initiatives. In brief remarks Monday, the president said that Congress’s lack of action in the wake of multiple high profile shootings this year pushed him to take these steps.
“It is my strong belief that for us to get our complete arms around the problem, Congress must act,” Obama said Monday. He emphasized that his proposals “are well within my legal authority in the executive branch but also are ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support and believe in.”
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