By Jueseppi B.
Time to break out the jack hammers and chisels.
Watch President Obama Announce Proposals for Sweeping Gun Control Legislation
Published on Jan 16, 2013
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President Barack Obama announced a series of gun-control measures on Wednesday — including proposals for enhanced background checks and a ban on military-style assault weapons — that are aimed at reducing gun violence after the mass shooting at an elementary school in Connecticut last month. The measures are a mix of what Obama wants Congress to take and moves that the White House can accomplish without congressional approval, through executive orders.
Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions
Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:
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 rule making 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.
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 theCenters 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.
President Obama hugs children who wrote letters to the White House about gun violence, (L-R) Hinna Zeejah, Taejah Goode, and Grant Fritz, after announcing the administration’s new gun law proposals in the Eisenhower Executive Office building, on January 16.
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