President Barack Obama is using executive orders to advance his attempts to quell gun violence, even as gun-control measures have bogged down in Congress.
The president has issued executive orders that bolster national background checks for gun purchases and institute government research on gun violence.
Those measures will allow federal law-enforcement agencies access to more data, with the hope of keeping weapons out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, The Hill reported.
After its Easter recess, Congress will resume efforts for stiffer gun-control measures, including one to enforce tougher background checks.
Congressional efforts to pass the president’s agenda have stalled. First, a measure to ban assault weapons was stripped from the bill by Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid in order to make it more palatable to senators concerned about infringing on the Second Amendment.
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Then three Senate Republicans — Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas, and Mike Lee of Utah — have threatened to filibuster the remaining package, requiring 60 votes to pass. Any bill that passes the Senate faces uncertain prospects in the Republican-controlled House.
Preston Bates, adviser for Liberty for All, a limited-government organization based in Alexandria, Va., told Newsmax that Obama’s move on information collection and sharing was a “desperate attempt to create data that doesn’t exist.”
The Justice Department gave a $20 million grant for states to submit data on people’s criminal and mental background to a national database, The Hill reported.
Other executive orders issued by the president include:
• A directive for the Consumer Product Safety Commission to examine the safety record of gun trigger-lock standards.
• An order for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the cause of gun violence.
• An order creating an advertising campaign on gun safety and proper storage.
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