President Obama’s 23 Executive Actions Regarding Guns

The recent debate regarding gun control after the Newtown shootings stirred up many emotions on both sides.  Today, President Obama signed 23 executive actions and indicated that he wants Congress to pass laws to accomplish the following:

  • require universal background checks (background checks on anyone who would buy a gun,  whether in stores or at auctions and conventions)
  • restore a ban on “military-style assault weapons”
  • ban gun magazines with capacities of more than 10 rounds
  • tougher penalties on people who sell guns to people who aren’t allowed to have guns
The 23 executive actions:
  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.

Comments

  1. Seems to me like the executive orders are not really orders at all. Just a bunch of requests. I expected him to exercise the executive powers more. Looks like none of the 23 will actually change anything for gun owners or the anti-gun crowd.

  2. Cody Breeding says:

    It was alright up until the assault weapons ban and magazine capacity limit

    • But Obama’s executive orders don’t ban anything. None of the EO’s ban anything. It seems like they are symbolic gestures to appease the gun controlists, but if any of them actually read this list they would realize he has basically “executive ordered” a bunch of reports to be made.