Details of President Obama's Gun Control Plan

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

President Barack Obama is urging a reluctant Congress to require background checks for all gun sales and ban both military-style assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines.
But, in an emotion-laden plea to curb gun violence in America, he conceded "this will be difficult."
The president's sweeping, $500 million plan, coming one month after the school massacre in Connecticut, marks the most comprehensive effort to tighten gun laws in nearly two decades. But his proposals, most of which are opposed by the National Rifle Association, face a doubtful future in a divided Congress where Republicans control the House.
Seeking to circumvent at least some opposition, Obama signed 23 executive actions on Wednesday, including orders to make more federal data available for background checks and end a freeze on government research on gun violence. But he acknowledged that the steps he took on his own would have less impact than the broad measures requiring approval from Capitol Hill.
Speaking at a White House ceremony with school children and their parents today Obama said, "To make a real and lasting difference, Congress, too, must act." And he said "Congress must act soon."

-- 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.
-- 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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  • by Kris Location: Jackson on Jan 19, 2013 at 04:37 AM
    I feel that it is a great tragedy what happened in CT however I can honestly say that the measures the Obama administration are putting forth will have no effect on any future gun violence. Look at Mexico, a country that has been “disarmed” for years and the only people with guns are the government and the criminals. A crime rate that is literally out of control and in a country where no guns are legal for average citizens, masked gunman (Mexican Military) have to patrol the streets daily to preserve some form of order. The only thing this administration is doing is making it more difficult for honest law abiding citizens to defend their families. Look at the failures of other countries and do something that we all can live with and that makes a difference.
  • by REN Location: Lansing on Jan 18, 2013 at 04:43 AM
    "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"-GET SERIOUS. Eric Holder was responsible for putting 2000 of these weapons in the hands of Mexican drug dealers all by himself "Fast and Ferious". Obama's takeover of the healthcare industry restricts the information a doctor can share with law enforcement agencies-thank the ACLU. Also, there is already a national campaign for responsible gun ownership- the NRA. This dog and pony show using children as props was sickening.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 at 09:17 PM
    Criminals will not abide by these "so called laws"... and seems to me, is that Criminals are the ones committing the crimes involving guns. SO Law biding citizens are going to have to register their guns every 5 years or so, which I can almost bet will include a small FEE , kinda like every year we buy tabs for our cars.. Dog Licenses, buying State issued drivers licenses, etc etc etc. These fees will just go to keep the govt in the lap of luxury they are use to , by spending spending spending.
  • by Frank Brown Location: Hillsdale on Jan 17, 2013 at 02:18 PM
    It isn't the guns that are the problem.The president needs to adress the problem of mentaly unballenced people and make shure they get the help they need. Guns don't kill people, people do!
  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 17, 2013 at 01:11 PM
    Both of you people have no idea what you're talking about. First of all, it is legal to own machine guns, you just have to have a special permit from the federal government. Secondly, what do Israeli schoolchildren have to do with this debate? And John, you have to be nuts to think that education and SS is getting "OMG GUTTED" to pay to protect former presidents. Please note that that also covers GWB, who is probably your hero.
  • by Bill Location: Morristown, tn on Jan 17, 2013 at 12:26 PM
    "New gun trafficking laws penalizing people who help criminals get guns." Fast and Furious, the government will need to arrest themselves. This is real serious.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Jan 17, 2013 at 03:54 AM
    Aside from the rest of the debate, there are some practical issues. How are we going to pay for all of this? “As long as it saves lives it is worth it?” That’s a load; if anyone believed that the roads would be empty and the last few American auto workers would be working for the bus and train lines. At a glance, when “WE” finish gutting the education and social security budgets to pay into the new “Retired Presidents Protection Fund”, there really won’t be much left. On the other hand, when President Obama steps down (1465 more days, not like anyone is counting) he’ll be well taken care of; you’re welcome.
  • by Liz Location: Ann Arbor on Jan 17, 2013 at 03:30 AM
    Aren’t citizens supposed to know some history? You’d think the president would. The magazine limitations rammed through by President Clinton were demonstrated to be, without a doubt, completely useless. “Assault”, “High-Grade Military-Style”, weapons? Is someone pretending these are defined terms in this context? There are guns with the capacity to shoot more than one bullet when the trigger is pulled; there are guns that do not. The former are not generally available to the American public; they are Federally classified as Machine Guns. The latter are all the same, appearance has nothing to do with function. Let’s not play word games people. The question of the day is, “Why have there been no school shootings in Israel?” The follow-up is, of course, “Why would the US government pay to arm Israeli school teachers, to protect Israeli school children, and not yours?”
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