While presidential spokesman Eric Shultz would not reveal the content nor the date of executive actions to be expected from President Obama, he did say that they are “imminent” and would fulfill the chief executive’s promise to curb death by firearms.
Shultz said in a White House press conference that Obama has been urgently seeking a list of possible executive orders that he can issue. The spokesman said that the unilateral move can be expected with the beginning of the New Year. The spokesman said, "It is complicated. That's why it's taken some time for our policy folks, our lawyers, and our expects to work through this and see what's possible."
The announcement of the executive actions may come before Obama’s State of the Union speech on January 12. Obama’s laundry list of gun controls may include requirements for background checks for citizens seeking to purchase firearms at gun shows. Other actions may include the provision of additional funding for Federal agencies such as ATF that enforce gun laws and regulations. However, Congress would have to pass legislation to make background checks universal.
In the wake of the Muslim terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California, Obama said in an interview, "We don't yet know what the motives of the shooters are but what we do know is that there are steps we can take to make Americans safer…We should never think that this is just something that just happens in the ordinary course of events because it doesn't happen with the same frequency in other countries."
The National Rifle Association said previously that the president’s "gun control agenda was rejected by Congress. Now, he is doing what he always does when he doesn't get his way, defying the will of the people and using executive action." Moreover, NRA spokesperson said that Obama had his "wish list of gun control," in California but "it didn't prevent the San Bernardino attack." "The fact is, the President's gun control agenda will only make it harder for law-abiding citizens to exercise their right to self-defense," said NRA spokesperson Jennifer Baker.
A advocacy group backed by the former Republican Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg is providing recommendations to the White that would include subjecting gun sellers to an assessment before licensing them to sell firearms. Also to be scrutinized as issues such as advertising by gun sellers, and the volume and speed of gun sales. The group is known as Every Town for Gun Safety, and is funded by millionaire media mogul Bloomberg.
In California, gun control laws are about to become more stringent. Spero News
reported that as of January 1, 2016, a new gun law goes into effect in California that will allow the “government to seize citizens’ firearms and hold them for 21 days it a judge finds a potential for violence. The bill was first proposed after the 2014 shooting rampage committed by Elliot Rodger. The bill allows a family member or other significant other to convince a judge that an individual in the possession of firearms ‘poses an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself or another by having in his or her custody or control.’”
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