With gun control legislation going no where in Congress, President Obama took action today with two executive actions aimed towards gun control.
The two actions came “along with the morning swearing-in of Todd Jones, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives,” and they “mark a fresh move to spotlight presidential efforts to fight gun violence in the face of congressional inaction.”
The ATF, will now require background checks for all guns that would be registered to a corporation or a trust, the White House said.
One Obama order, the White House said, will close a loophole that allowed felons and other people prohibited by federal law from purchasing a gun by registering it to a corporation or a trust.
The White House said more than 39,000 requested to register a gun to a corporation or a trust last year.
Obama’s second order will stop authorization that allows the re-importation of military-grade firearms that had been sold to allies or given as military assistance.
The White House said the government has approved requests to re-import more than 250,000 military-grade firearms since 2005.
The actions are great news for gun control advocates, but no doubt will spur outrage from NRA members and 2nd amendment advocates.
Vice President Joe Biden, who called the new measures “common sense,” and added, “If Congress doesn’t act we’ll fight for a new Congress. It’s that simple. But we’re going to get this done.”