President Obama Signs Executive Order to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Convicted Felons

President Obama Signs Executive Order to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Convicted Felons

President Obama Signs Executive Order to Keep Guns Out of Hands of Convicted Felons (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The White House issued a press release detailing two more executive orders in the gun control battle. Of course, the right wing is none too pleased that President Obama is flexing his muscles. As expected, the National Rifle Association freaked out. NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam said “prohibiting the re-importation of firearms into the U.S. that were manufactured 50 or more years ago does not keep firearms out of the hands of criminals.” Yeah, whatever.  Here’s an excerpt from President Obama’s executive order:

Closing a Loophole to Keep Some of the Most Dangerous Guns Out of the Wrong Hands

  • Current law places special restrictions on many of the most dangerous weapons, such as machine guns and short-barreled shotguns.  These weapons must be registered, and in order to lawfully possess them, a prospective buyer must undergo a fingerprint-based background check.
  •  However, felons, domestic abusers, and others prohibited from having guns can easily evade the required background check and gain access to machine guns or other particularly dangerous weapons by registering the weapon to a trust or corporation.  At present, when the weapon is registered to a trust or corporation, no background check is run.  ATF reports that last year alone, it received more than 39,000 requests for transfers of these restricted firearms to trusts or corporations.
  • Today, ATF is issuing a new proposed regulation to close this loophole.  The proposed rule requires individuals associated with trusts or corporations that acquire these types of weapons to undergo background checks, just as these individuals would if the weapons were registered to them individually.  By closing this loophole, the regulation will ensure that machine guns and other particularly dangerous weapons do not end up in the wrong hands.

Keeping Surplus Military Weapons Off Our Streets

  • When the United States provides military firearms to its allies, either as direct commercial sales or through the foreign military sales or military assistance programs, those firearms may not be imported back into the United States without U.S. government approval.  Since 2005, the U.S. Government has authorized requests to reimport more than 250,000 of these firearms.

  • Today, the Administration is announcing a new policy of denying requests to bring military-grade firearms back into the United States to private entities, with only a few exceptions such as for museums.  This new policy will help keep military-grade firearms off our streets.

President Obama to Nominate African American B. Todd Jones as Next ATF Director

B. Todd Jones possible ATF director nominee

President Obama to Nominate African American B. Todd Jones as Next ATF Director (Photo credit: ATF)

President Obama will nominate B. Todd Jones to the long unfilled position of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Director. He is currently the acting director. This latest move comes as President Obama unveiled the biggest gun control push in decades. President Obama “proposed a new assault weapons ban and mandatory background checks for all gun buyers on Wednesday as he tried to channel national outrage over the Newtown school massacre into the biggest U.S. gun-control push in decades,” Reuters reports.

A brief bio on B. Todd Jones from the ATF:

B. Todd Jones was one of the first five U.S. Attorneys confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 7, 2009. This is the second time Jones has served as United States Attorney – President Clinton appointed him to the position in 1998 and he served in that capacity until January 2001. Jones also has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Minnesota. Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney in 2009, Jones was a partner with a major national law firm in Minneapolis, where his practice focused on criminal defense and complex business litigation. He is also a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Jones to serve as Chair of the Attorney General Advisory Committee (AGAC). This body, consisting of 18 United States Attorneys from around the country, is responsible for advising the Attorney General on a broad array of Department of Justice policy issues.

Jones received his Juris Doctor from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1983 and his B.A. from Macalester College in 1979. Following admission to the Minnesota bar, he went on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as an infantry officer with the First Marine Division and subsequently as both a trial defense counsel and prosecutor in a number of courts martial proceedings. In 1989, he left active duty and returned to Minnesota with his family. He was recalled to active duty for Operation Desert Storm in 1991.

President Obama unveiled 23 executive orders to curb gun violence:

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.

11. Nominate an ATF director (Todd Jones).

12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies.

16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.


VP Joe Biden Suggests President Obama Could Use Executive Orders in Gun Control

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VP Joe Biden Suggests President Obama Could Use Executive Orders in Gun Control. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

QUOTE OF THE DAY:  “The president is going to act. There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet.”

— Vice President Biden, quoted by CNN, in comments ahead of a meeting with victims of gun violence.

I can hear the Obama critics now, including Breitbart, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Wayne LaPierre and others literally going crazy over the potential that the president could unilaterally implement some gun control measures.

Drudge Report Compares President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin over ‘executive orders’ on gun control.

Here’s the Drudge Report’s response to the possible use of executive powers by President Obama on gun violence — comparing President Obama to Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin:

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Right wing response to President Obama’s possible use of executive power in gun control