President Barack Obama is about to make it harder for Americans to purchase guns in the United States.
According to gun control advocates, POTUS is expected to issue an executive order as soon as next week that would unilaterally close existing background check loopholes. Currently, federal law makes it mandatory for all gun dealers to do background checks on wannabe gun purchasers. However, if you can buy firearms at gun shows or online and guess what? No background check is needed.
This from RT:
The president has frequently expressed frustration over the mass shootings occurring in the United States and has attempted to pass legislation restricting the sale of guns. However, his attempt to require universal background checks was rebuffed by Congress in early 2013, following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre that left 26 people dead, 20 of whom were children.
Following the October 1 mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, Obama said, “We are the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months.”
Obama is expected to announce the plans prior to his January 12th State of the Union Address.
While the National Rifle Association, which as fought hard against Obama’s gun control efforts, currently has no comment, NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker was previously quoted as saying, “The fact is, the President’s gun control agenda will only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to self-defense.”
This isn’t the first time Obama has used his executive power to impose gun control. Back in August of 2013, he closed two other loopholes. One tightened restrictions on certain felons getting guns through trusts or corporations. The other put a stop to private groups reimporting military weapons once sold to allies of the United States.
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