President Barack Obama announced in a press conference on Tuesday, January 5, that he will bypass circumvent Capitol Hill and unveil an unilateral initiative designed to curb gun violence in the U.S through a series of executive actions, according to CNN.com.
“In an effort to expand background checks for buyers, the White House will introduce a new requirement for individuals ‘in the business of selling firearms’ to register as licensed gun dealers, effectively narrowing the so-called ‘gun show loophole,’ which exempts most small sellers from keeping formal sales records,” stated CNN.com.
According to People.com, Obama stated that, for a comprehensive solution to gun violence, “Congress needs to act.” But failing that, he added, the measures he’ll roll out this week “are well within my legal authority and the executive branch, but they’re also ones that the overwhelming majority of the American people, including gun owners, support and believe.”
Obama, who has made tightening America’s part of his “New Year’s resolution,” said he would officially reveal the executive actions ‘over the next several days,’ and then open the topic for discussion on Thursday, January 7, evening at a town hall meeting hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper at George Mason University.
“The measurements will also tighten enforcement of existing gun laws, increase mental health treatment, and expand research into gun safety technology,” stated Voanews.com.