LBN’s Ryan Gaumont reports that President Obama has announced his plans to try to reduce gun violence in America by executive order. He has chosen to bypass a Congress. "The gun lobby may be holding Congress hostage right now, but they can’t hold America hostage,” Mr. Obama said.
The executive order will include ten provisions. One of them will require gun sellers who do business on the Internet and at gun shows to be licensed and to conduct background checks on potential buyers. Another provision would provide $500 million for treating mental illness. There will also be a requirement that firearms lost in transit between a manufacturer and a seller be reported to the federal government.
Opposition to President Obama’s proposals has already surfaced. The National Rifle Association has announced that it will fight the President’s proposals. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said that "The president has never respected the right to safe and legal gun ownership that our nation has valued since its founding." It seems likely that the executive order will be attacked in court, and it may remain in litigation until after a new president is inaugurated in 2017.
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