President Obama to announce New Gun Controls Starting 2016

President Obama to announce New Gun Controls Starting 2016

President Obama could announce new executive action on gun controls. The specifics of the gun control action are still not clear yet as a team of experts is still working on the details. However gun control advocates said that the new executive action could be announced within a week. All licensed gun dealers are required to conduct background checks.

For firearms sold online or at gun shows, the background checks aren’t performed.

President Obama has criticized lax gun controls often. After San Bernardino, California mass shooting, President Obama urged that gun controls should be implemented for safety of Americans. There have been many incidents of mass shootings and with each such incident the gun control debate has intensified.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz said, "It is complicated. That's why it's taken some time for our policy folks, our lawyers, and our experts to work through this and see what's possible."

National Rifle Association has not commented on the latest report. NRA has opposed gun controls in the past. NRA spokeswoman Jennifer Baker had said earlier, “The fact is, the President’s gun control agenda will only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to self-defense.”

A Washington Times report on gun control issue said, “Twenty years after President Clinton tackled gun control by drastically reducing the number of licensed firearms dealers in the U.S., President Obama is preparing to tackle gun control by increasing the number of licensed gun dealers. Laws passed under the Clinton administration, such as the Brady Law and the Violent Crime Control Act of 1994, changed the licensing procedures for federal firearms licensees by increasing fees and requiring gun dealers to submit photographs and fingerprints as part of their applications.” report informed, “The executive order requires trusts or corporations to receive background checks just as if they were an individual. Another part of the measure ended a government practice allowing private groups to reimport military weapons originally sold to allies by the United States.”