Obama Takes Action Over Gun Laws

Obama Takes Action Over Gun LawsObama Takes Action Over Gun Laws

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, BBC reported.

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 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, 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 and the congress will be asked to invest $500m to improve access to mental healthcare.

The departments of defense, justice and homeland security will explore “smart gun technology” to improve gun safety.

Earlier on Monday, the president heard recommendations from Attorney General Loretta Lynch, FBI Director James Comey and other top law enforcement officials.

He told the BBC last year his failure to pass effective gun laws was his biggest regret.