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Obama to Expand Gun Background Checks and Tighten Enforcement

Posted by Dustin Robinson on January 10, 2016 at 10:35 PM

Originally published on The New York Times by Michael Shear and Eric Lichtblau on January 4, 2016. 

WASHINGTON —  President Obama will announce executive actions on Tuesday intended to expand background checks for some firearm purchases and step up federal enforcement of the nation’s gun laws, White House officials said Monday, once again trying to sidestep a gridlocked Congress on a politically divisive issue.

But faced with clear legal limitations on his authority, Mr. Obama will take modest steps that stop well short of the kind of large-scale changes to the gun trade that he unsuccessfully sought from Congress three years ago. That legislation would have closed loopholes that allow millions of guns to be sold without background checks at gun shows or in online firearm exchanges.

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