President Obama taking 23 actions aimed at gun violence
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is taking 23 executive actions aimed at curbing gun violence that don't require congressional action, including measures to encourage schools to hire police officers, increase research on gun violence and improve efforts to prosecute gun crime.
The President asked for Congress to do three things. He wants universal background checks for all gun sales, whether from licensed or private sellers. The President wants a ban on all military-style assault weapons and a limit to just ten rounds in a clip. Finally, Mr. Obama asked for tougher laws on people who buy guns in order to resell them to criminals.
The executive actions are part of an overarching package assembled by a task force led by Vice President Joe Biden. The measures come a month after the mass shooting in Newtown, Ct., that killed 20 elementary school children.
Obama is directing the Centers for Disease Control to research gun violence and is seeking rules to ensure that law enforcement conducts background checks before returning seized firearms.
He intends to nominate Todd Jones as director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Jones is the agency's acting director.