Obama’s list of 23 executive orders for gun control

The following list of the 23 executive actions President Obama plans to take to reduce gun violence was provided by the White House Wednesday. It was released to reinforce a midday press conference given by Obama as he surrounded himself with small children as props.

1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

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 rulemaking 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 the Centers 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.

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18 thoughts on “Obama’s list of 23 executive orders for gun control

  1. Rich says:

    Whenever tragedies like this happen both parties see an opportunity to take away the rights of the people . After they exploit the moment then they are back to fighting again. The social ills of society cannot be cured by the government. It must be a community effort that addresses the problems and finds solutions.

    I don't drink the Koolaid with big D or and R. Give it to me straight. George Washington said " Let us have a government by which our lives, liberties, and properties will be secured, or let us know the worst at once."

  2. Chris says:

    I love how you can put something in the title that is not in the body of the story. Hopefully it will just get someone pissed enough to be angry at nothing what so ever. If you read the 23 "executive actions" that were written, you will see that no a single one of them are an Executive Order. Now go back and find out that all 23 of these recommendations/requests/suggestions/wants or whatever you want to call them were published in 2 Memoranda and a Proclamation. So stop complaining about the government trying to steal this or take that illegally. The President made his speech and passed the action on to Congress which is the law making body, as he should have done. Now I am an avid gun owner and love nothing more than shooting and just sitting back and practicing for all sorts of scenarios but there is nothing totally unacceptable about some additional background checks or closing some of the gun show loopholes. If you dont like things, quit your bitching and stand up and recommend some actions that will work.

  3. Les says:

    there should be a #24: track the guns from "Fast and Furious: that the Feds allowed to walk, prosecute Holder and the others that let them walk, and get them back. Those 2300 + guns are in the hands of criminals and will do more damage than all of the legally-owned guns in the country!

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