Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Obama's executive action on background checks for gun sales is overwhelmingly supported by Americans

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*Two years after the failure of Senate legislation to expand background checks on gun purchases, the public continues to overwhelmingly support making private gun sales and sales at gun shows subject to background checks.

Obama declares new executive action on guns, renewing fight with GOP and NRA.  (Chicago Tribune, 1/4/2016)
The package, which Obama plans to announce Tuesday, includes 10 separate provisions, White House officials said. One key provision would require more gun sellers - especially those who do business on the Internet and at gun shows - to be licensed and would force them to conduct background checks on potential buyers. Obama would devote $500 million more in federal funds to treating mental illness - a move that could require congressional approval - and require that firearms lost in transit between a manufacturer and a seller be reported to federal authorities.

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