Yesterday, President Obama announced his plans for curbing gun violence in the U.S. The president will use executive action to introduce a number of laws including expanded regulations on background checks. His plan also requires anyone who sells guns to register and be licensed for doing so. The administration hopes the laws will keep guns out of the hands of criminals.
While the executive order is not fully outlined, Obama did say he wants to hire 200 more agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms to help with background checks. He also thinks mental health records should be included in background checks and wants to take steps necessary to make that happen.
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“This is not a plot to take away everybody’s guns,” Obama said in an address at the White House yesterday. “You pass a background check, you purchase a firearm. The problem is some gun sellers have been operating under a different set of rules. A violent felon can purchase a firearm over the internet without a background check.”
Not everyone agrees with the president’s new plan.
“Anytime the president gets up there and starts talking about gun control people go get more guns,” says James Hill a gun shop owner in Texas. “That shows people want to be able to protect themselves. Making more laws to reinforce the laws already exist does not work. How about enforcing the laws that are already there? That usually helps a lot.”
The National Rifle Association also disagrees with the president’s executive action. In a statement they said this plan is ripe for abuse by the government and lacks seriousness.
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