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Published: Monday, January 04, 2016 @ 8:58 PM
Updated: Monday, January 04, 2016 @ 8:58 PM
Here are five things you should know regarding President Obama’s gun control initiatives — to be delivered via several executive orders. Some details about his plans were released from the White House on Monday evening:
Background checks for firearms will be enhanced
* The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is making clear that it doesn’t matter whether firearms are sold from a store, at a gun show or on the Internet: The seller must get a license and conduct background checks.
* ATF is finalizing a rule to require background checks for people trying to buy some of the most dangerous weapons and other items through a trust, corporation, or other legal entity.
* Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch has sent a letter to states highlighting the importance of receiving complete criminal history records and criminal dispositions, information on persons disqualified because of a mental illness, and qualifying crimes of domestic violence.
* The FBI is overhauling the background check system. Envisioned improvements include processing background checks 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and improving notification of local authorities when certain prohibited persons unlawfully attempt to buy a gun. The FBI will hire more than 230 additional examiners and other staff to help process these background checks.
More funding will be earmarked for ATF
* The president’s fiscal year 2017 budget will include funding for 200 new ATF agents and investigators to help enforce gun laws.
* ATF has established an Internet Investigation Center to track illegal online firearms trafficking and is dedicating $4 million and additional personnel to enhance the National Integrated Ballistics Information Network.
* ATF is finalizing a rule to ensure that dealers who ship firearms notify law enforcement if their guns are lost or stolen in transit.
* Attorney General Lynch is encouraging every U.S. Attorney’s Office to renew domestic violence outreach efforts.
The background check system will include increased mental health treatment, reporting
* The administration is proposing a new $500 million investment to increase access to mental health care.
* The Social Security Administration has indicated that it will begin the rulemaking process to include information in the background check system about beneficiaries prohibited from possessing a firearm for mental health reasons.
* Health and Human Services is finalizing a rule to remove unnecessary legal barriers preventing states from reporting relevant information about people prohibited from possessing a gun for specific mental health reasons.
More attention will be placed on gun safety technology
* President Obama has directed the departments of Defense, Justice and Homeland Security to conduct or sponsor research into gun safety technology.
* The departments have been directed by the president to review, on a regular basis, the availability of smart gun technology and to explore potential ways to further its use and development to more broadly improve gun safety.