President Obama’s budget contains a significantly elevated level of spending dedicated to enforcement of federal gun control. According to the budget, the Department of Justice will be granted some $395 million “to combat gun violence, and ensure that those who are not eligible to purchase or possess guns are prevented from doing so.” More importantly, the budget includes funding designed to “increase inspections of the firearms industry.”
The budget includes “an increase of $173 million” for more federal gun control enforcement. It is unclear how much the federal government spent in 2012 on gun control enforcement. The budget also reportedly includes $10 million for research on gun violence and $222 million on school safety measures including “increasing firearms safety.”
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the New York Times bestseller “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).