President Obama lays out plan for executive actions on gun control

Jan 5, 2016 12:27 PM

President Barack Obama unveiled his plan to take unilateral action on gun control.

Obama says he won't wait for Congress to take action on gun control.

"Every single year more than 30,000 Americans have their lives cut short by guns," Obama said.

His 10-point plan includes: requiring dealers who sell firearms on the internet and at gun shows to be licensed and conduct background checks; changing a federal privacy rule to help keep people with mental health restrictions from possessing guns; asking Congress to approve funding for an additional 200 agents and investigators at the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives; and hiring more than 230 additional FBI employees to help process background checks.

President Obama said he is making these executive actions “not to debate the last mass shooting but to try to prevent the next one."

Republicans say these new measures infringe upon second amendment rights- and they will fight to overturn the president's plan.

President Obama insists he is within his constitutional right to take the action bringing about more background checks.


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