Obama to impose new gun controls next week

Honolulu:  President Barack Obama will press ahead with a set of executive actions on guns next week despite growing terror concerns in the US that have dampened some Americans’ enthusiasm for tighter firearms restrictions.

The president will meet  Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Monday to finalise a series of new gun control measures and will announce his package of proposals soon afterward, according to several individuals who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the plan is not yet public.

One of the main proposals Mr Obama is poised to adopt would require some unlicensed gun dealers to get licences and conduct background checks on potential buyers. The change is aimed at informal dealers, such as those who sell online frequently or rent tables at gun shows but do not have a shop.

Mr Obama began examining how he could tighten the nation’s gun rules after October’s mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. Administration lawyers have spent months reviewing various proposals to make sure they can withstand legal challenges.

The idea of requiring informal gun dealers to obtain a licence from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and of conducting background checks came up two years ago when White House officials drafted a proposal for dealers who sell at least 50 guns annually.


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