Obama tightens gun rules, requires more background check

Written by on January 5, 2016

President Barack Obama

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. But Obama says his new measures are well within his authority to implement without congressional approval.

All sellers who operate online or at gun shows will be forced to conduct background checks on potential buyers. Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul said he would fight the executive actions “tooth and nail”.

Obama, speaking to reporters before the measures were made public, said they were consistent with the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which protects 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.

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