President Obama's Gun Control Proposals at a Glance

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U.S. President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden announce the administraton's new gun law
On Wednesday, President Obama unveiled his proposals for curbing gun violence in America. Some of his suggestions would require new laws -- an unlikely outcome, given Congress' gridlock and the heavy lobbying of the National Rifle Association. With that in mind it's not surprising that the heart of his plan lies in 23 executive orders that he has issued.

A multi-pronged gun control plan that addresses topics ranging from mental health to background checks, safe gun ownership to emergency preparedness plans, Obama's orders are largely designed to ensure that existing laws are enforced and existing protections are strengthened.

Here, from the Associated Press, is the full list of gun control proposals and actions:

Items That Require Congressional Action

• Requiring background checks on all gun sales. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence says 40 percent of gun sales are conducted with no criminal background check, such as at gun shows and by private sellers over the Internet or through classified ads. Obama said there should be exceptions for cases like certain transfers among family members and temporary transfers for hunting purposes.

• Reinstating the assault weapons ban. A 10-year ban on high-grade, military-style weapons expired in 2004. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., says such a ban might clear the Senate but doubts it could get through the House.

• Renewing a 10-round limit on the size of ammunition magazines.

• Prohibiting the possession, transfer, manufacture and import of dangerous armor-piercing bullets.

• Senate confirmation of a director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency has been run by an acting director, Todd Jones, whom Obama will nominate to become director.

• New gun trafficking laws penalizing people who help criminals get guns.

Items to Be Accomplished by Executive Order

• Address legal barriers in health laws that bar some states from making available information about people who are prohibited from having guns.

• Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

• Make sure that federal agencies share relevant information with the background check system.

• Direct the attorney general to work with other agencies to review existing laws to make sure they can identify individuals who shouldn't have access to guns.

• Direct the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other research agencies to conduct research into the causes and prevention of gun violence.

• Clarify that no federal law prohibits doctors or other health care providers from contacting authorities when patients threaten to use violence.

• Give local communities the opportunity to hire up to 1,000 school resource officers and counselors.

• Require federal law enforcement to trace all recovered guns.

• Propose regulations that will enable law enforcement to run complete background checks before returning firearms that have been seized.

• Direct the Justice Department to analyze information on lost and stolen guns and make that information available to law enforcement.

• Provide training for state and local law enforcement, first responders and school officials on how to handle active-shooter situations.

• Make sure every school has a comprehensive emergency management plan.

• Help ensure that young people get needed mental health treatment.

• Ensure that health insurance plans cover mental health benefits.

• Encourage development of new technology to make it easier for gun owners to safely use and store their guns.

• Have the Consumer Product Safety Commission assess the need for new safety standards for gun locks and gun safes.

• Launch a national campaign about responsible gun ownership.


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Charles

This, actually makes SEVERAL people wish to draw up a 50 point impeachment plan..
I've already been working on mine!
..but can it just be blindly slid in, by me alone?
NOPE!
As that's NOT the 'democratic process'..
Try it again, Obumbler!

January 22 2013 at 7:41 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Charles

WOW!
What about what senate, the congress, and THE PEOPLE say?!
That's NOT democracy!

January 22 2013 at 7:34 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
magisterphiz

A lot of the classic quotes of the founding fathers regarding the 2nd amendment insuring the the ability of the citizenry to protect itself from an abusive government appear to me to be no longer applicable. There is simply too great of a technological gap between what is available to the government and to the people. When I was a tank crewman in the army, I never felt particularly threatened by any pistol on the market while I was "buttoned up".

January 21 2013 at 3:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
amdm

need to add : have demorats stop killing people! that should be number one. better yet make it illegal for liberal demorats to even have a gun, corral them in there own states, let them enjoy the missery the aspire

January 21 2013 at 2:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Larry

This does not address the real issue. Just a knee jerk reaction that the government can chip away at our constitutional rights.

January 21 2013 at 1:17 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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Charles

...as many, have already been aware of.
Habeas Corpus! BRING IT BACK!

January 22 2013 at 7:36 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Laura

Want to know why firearm owners in this country are so upset about where this president and his buddies are going? Look up the Batttle of Athens Tennessee.

January 21 2013 at 12:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gruflash

Wow America, what would have happened if our first president George Washington would have issued gun control laws using executive privledge? We would all be English subjects under the authority of a Kingdom. An armed citizenry is what stopped them in the invasion of 1812!

January 21 2013 at 12:07 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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Charles

...and yet, look at the current situation :(

January 22 2013 at 7:38 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Richard Riddick

http://www.justfacts.com/guncontrol.asp

January 21 2013 at 12:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
raptureus210

If you really want to know where's he's taking this nation, log on to www.frankmarshalldavis.com and www.larrysinclair.com. Tip..worthless money will not match to a good supply of freeze dried food. While you at it, accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. You will be really to enter in to our modern day Bablyon. This is where we're headed. Remember Daniel, Shadrak, Meshak and Abindio? They went into Bablyon and God protected them, He will protect His people today. God is giving us a little taste of how the Antichrist is going to operate. Take good notes!

January 20 2013 at 10:48 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
John Greene

This doesn't help the main problems; criminals with guns and the mentally ill. This would not have prevented what happened at Sandy Hook. The guns were legally purchased and not assualt rifles.

January 20 2013 at 10:30 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply