Presidential “Executive Action” expanding background checks on gun-buyers is imminent, according to a Dec. 10 Associated Press report.
Breitbart News previously reported that Obama was focused on finding ways around Congress to expand background checks, and CBS News reported that Obama had a team of White House lawyers looking at the possibility of setting an arbitrary limit of allowable gun sales so that private sellers who surpass that limit would be required to run sales through a background check.
Without indicating which avenue Obama plans on taking, the AP reports that White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett indicates Obama is ready to circumvent Congress. She said he has asked “his team to complete a proposal and submit it for his review ‘in short order.'”
This executive push for expanded background checks comes just over a week after expanded background checks in California failed to stop Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik’s San Bernardino attack. And the San Benardino attack came less than a week after Colorado’s expanded background checks failed to stop Robert Lewis Dear from killing two civilians and one police officer near a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood.
Dear’s attack was preceded by a Halloween day shooting in which three innocents were killed in Colorado Springs, again demonstrating the impotency of expanded background checks.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has yet to say how Congress will react if Obama follows through with his pledge to go around lawmakers. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been mute on the issue as well.
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