Obama Announces Series of Executive Actions on Gun Control
In a speech Tuesday that moved him to tears, (Tears on demand, what a scam) Obama called for extensive background checks for all gun sales and new requirements to report lost or stolen guns in transit, as well as other proposals.
Obama’s executive action to expand gun sale background checks has opened up a legal can of worms, specifically the president’s bid to broaden the definition of who’s a dealer and therefore must get a license and conduct background checks.
Under current federal law passed by Congress, only federally licensed dealers must conduct background checks on buyers.
Obama will now require that anyone who sells a gun, that is even an ‘occasional’ seller, will be required to perform a background check. By defining what an ‘occasional seller’ is, the president is essentially interpreting the law, a job reserved for the courts.
The Truth about background checks:
The Crime Prevention Research Center on Jan. 2, argues that not only are background checks expensive, but that they have failed to thwart mass public shootings.
The study states that the initial data on universal background checks does not confirm the claims of supporters and the White House.
Despite the frequent calls for expanded background checks after mass public shootings, there is no evidence that background checks on private transfers of guns would have prevented any of the attacks that have taken place since at least 2000, adding that there is no statistical evidence that proves the mass public shootings are “rarer in states with background checks on private transfers.”
Since 2013, states with “universal” background checks have had 124 percent more mass public shootings and dramatically higher rates of death and injury. The study also found the per capita rate of deaths and injuries from mass public shootings increases after states pass stricter background checks on private transfers.
Current federal law requires a criminal and mental illness background check for every person who buys a gun through a federally licensed dealer. Felons as well as those who have been involuntarily committed for mental illness are banned from buying a gun.