US President Obama all set to tighten the gun law

Updated: 06 January, 2016 09:41 IST | Agencies |

After months of calling on Congress to no avail, the US President is all set to tighten the gun law of the country by launching executive measures that includes extensive background checks and efficient licensing system for sellers

Washington: President Barack Obama is set to introduce a series of gun control executive measures, including expanding background checks, bypassing the Congress in a bid to control mass shooting menace that has claimed over 1,00,000 lives in the last decade.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama

Receiving a set of recommendations in this regard from his Attorney General and FBI Director, Obama said these measures are well within my legal authority and the executive branch. “So over the next several days, we'll be rolling out these initiatives. We’ll be making sure that people have a very clear understanding of what can make a difference and what we can do,” Obama said.

Bypassing Congress
Obama may ignite political firestorm by bypassing Congress with these measures, which could spark legal challenges. Republicans say Obama is misusing his powers. Congress, which is controlled by Republicans, had previously rejected Obama’s proposals for legislation to tighten gun rules.

Obama, however, exuded confidence that the recommendations that are being made by his team are ones that are entirely consistent with the Second Amendment and people’s lawful right to bear arms.

Background check
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is making clear that if one is in the business of selling firearms, they must get a license and conduct background checks. The envisioned improvements include processing background checks 24 by 7, and improving notification of authorities when certain prohibited persons unlawfully attempt to buy a gun.

The number of mass shootings incidents in the US since Obama was re-elected in 2012

1 lakh
The number of people killed in the last decade as a result of gun violence

The number of mass shootings incidents that took place in US in 2015, of which 62 happened at schools

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People killed in gun incidents

People hurt in gun incidents

First Published: 06 January, 2016 08:30 IST

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