President Obama's move to push gun control through executive orders

Obama is pushing gun control quietly through executive orders.  Some of the orders clearly break federal law, such as ignoring federal law that forbids the CDC doing research on gun control.  It will be interesting to see if the NRA challenges this in court (through Obama's nominees have accounted for over half the Appeals court judges).  From The Hill newspaper:
. . . The president has used his executive powers to bolster the national background check system, jumpstart government research on the causes of gun violence and create a million-dollar ad campaign aimed at safe gun ownership.
The executive steps will give federal law enforcement officials access to more data about guns and their owners, help keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, and lay the groundwork for future legislative efforts. . . .
. . . he issued a memorandum requiring all nine federal law enforcement agencies to submit guns they confiscate to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) for tracing.
According to a notice sent by Attorney General Eric Holder last month, the agencies will have to submit a report to the Justice Department (DOJ) within the next month showing they are compliant.
The move, and several more like it, is aimed at strengthening the quality and quantity of records contained within the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), according to a DOJ spokeswoman. . . .
A key factor in strengthening the NICS database, they say, is getting states to report more information on mental health and criminal history records.
Earlier this month, the DOJ announced a $20 million grant program aimed at incentivizing states to submit more mental health and criminal history information into the NICS database.  . . . .



Blogger chicago guy said...

All these measures are, according to Obama, worth it if they save just one life. Why, if he is so sincere, did he wait for the election to be over before taking this action? Surely not politics and vote counting -- as he accused 2nd amendment supporters of doing

3/29/2013 12:35 PM  
Blogger chicago guy said...

I'm sure Obama made these orders because they are worth it if the "save just one life." That being said, why wait until after the election? Surely he isn't playing politics (as he accused 2nd amendment supporters).

3/29/2013 12:38 PM  
Blogger Chas said...

Smoke is in the air.

3/29/2013 9:10 PM  

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