Leaving Posted January 6, 2016 Share Posted January 6, 2016 Quote US President Barack Obama is to widen background checks on buyers of firearms, in a series of measures to address gun violence. The plans will be announced on Tuesday by the president, despite opposition from Congress to new gun laws. All sellers who operate online or at gun shows will be forced to conduct background checks on potential buyers. Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he would fight the executive actions "tooth and nail". And several of his Republican rivals said they would erase the measures "on day one" if they win the White House. But Mr Obama says his new measures will be within his legal authority and consistent with the Second Amendment, which grants Americans the right to bear arms. And while they will not solve every violent crime in the US, he said, they will potentially "save lives and spare families the pain" of loss. Under the plan announced on Monday evening by the White House: All sellers must be licensed and conduct background checks, overturning current exemptions to some online and gun show sellers States must provide information on people disqualified due to mental illness or domestic violence FBI will increase workforce processing background checks by 50%, hiring more than 230 new examiners Congress will be asked to invest $500m (£339m) to improve access to mental healthcare The departments of defence, justice and homeland security will explore "smart gun technology" to improve gun safety The Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, accused President Obama of "dismissiveness" towards Americans who value the right to bear arms. "This is a dangerous level of executive overreach, and the country will not stand for it," he said in a statement. Honestly, even though I just want guns to be banned completely in the US and I'm not sure how much good these changes will do, I think they're a step in the right direction and I definitely see the potential for them to be built upon! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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