Obama expected to take executive action on gun control

Obama expected to take executive action on gun control

Washington : DC : USA | Jan 15, 2013 at 5:20 AM PST
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In face of powerful opposition from gun rights groups President Barack Obama is considering 19 steps that could be taken with the help of executive action.

On Monday, the President vowed to push vigorously for measures to curb the deadly gun violence in the country and told gun supporters to ‘examine their own conscience’ before raising objections on stricter legislations.

According to congressional officials, the steps to be taken in this direction could include stricter action against people who lie on gun sale background checks, striking limits on federal research into gun use, ordering tougher penalties against gun trafficking, and granting schools permission to improve safety through grant money.

The entire plan is expected to be announced on Wednesday. At the same time, the President vows that he will not retreat from supporting the gun legislation even if it requires congressional backing.

Referring to the ban on assault weapons, limiting the capacity of ammunition magazines and instituting a check into the backgrounds of gun owners, Obama asked: "Will all of them get through this Congress? I don't know."

“My starting point is not to worry about the politics. My starting point is to focus on what makes sense, what works, what should we be doing to make sure that our children are safe and that we’re reducing the incidence of gun violence. I think we can do that in a sensible way that comports with the Second Amendment,” he said.

The president said that the plan he intends to unveil will mostly be based on the recommendations put forth by Vice President Joe Biden and his task force on controlling gun violence. Moreover, this plan will also include legislative proposals and those actions that the president can take on his own using his presidential powers.

“I’m confident that there are some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and are within my authority as president," he said. "How we are gathering data, for example, on guns that fall into the hands of criminals and how we track that more effectively.”

Reflecting on a recent surge in the sales of guns and ammunition, Obama said that it’s because the opponents of gun control fear the new legislations and that many gun owners think that the federal government is going to take away their guns."There’s probably an economic element to that—it obviously is good for business."

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President Barack Obama to take executive action on gun control. (Reuters)
President Barack Obama is expected to take executive action on gun control. (Reuters)
Wendy Zachary is based in Texas, Texas, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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