CNN: Here, according to the White House, are the 23 executive actions that he and his administration will do:
- "Issue a presidential memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system."
- "Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system."
- "Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system."
- "Direct the attorney general to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks."
- "Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun."
- "Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers."
- "Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign."
- "Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission)."
- "Issue a presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations."
- "Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement."
- "Nominate an ATF director."
- "Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations."
- "Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime."
- "Issue a presidential memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence."
- "Direct the attorney general to issue a report on the availability and most effective use of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to develop innovative technologies."
- "Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes."
- "Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities."
- "Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers."
- "Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education."
- "Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover."
- "Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges."
- "Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations."
- "Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health."
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Statement from the National Rifle Association of America In Response to President Obama's Gun Control Proposals
News Release from NRA January 16, 2013
Fairfax, Va. – Throughout its history, the National Rifle Association has led efforts to promote safety and responsible gun ownership. Keeping our children and society safe remains our top priority.
The NRA will continue to focus on keeping our children safe and securing our schools, fixing our broken mental health system, and prosecuting violent criminals to the fullest extent of the law. We look forward to working with Congress on a bi-partisan basis to find real solutions to protecting America’s most valuable asset – our children.
Attacking firearms and ignoring children is not a solution to the crisis we face as a nation. Only honest, law-abiding gun owners will be affected and our children will remain vulnerable to the inevitability of more tragedy.
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America's oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation and on Twitter @NRA.
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Gerwig Supports Background Checks
HNN: Harvey Gerwig is the Hawaii Rifle Association President-- it's the officially recognized state affiliate of the NRA.
"The Second Amendment protects our right as legal owners of firearms to possess them and use them legally-- and the vast, vast majority of the 300 million firearms in America are used legally," said Gerwig.
Gerwig says the ban was unsuccessful during the Clinton era and had no significant impact on gun violence.
"Does the assault ban take it away from the criminals? Absolutely not! Not one single gun," said Gerwig.
But even the NRA seems to have found some common ground when it comes to expanding background checks.
"I think the background check is probably the right direction to go. Our feeling is this isn't a gun issue, this is a mental health issue. And that part of the President's plan makes sense to me," said Gerwig.
Gerwig says Hawaii's procedure for background checks is one of the toughest, but best in the nation. He believes the rest is the country would benefit from following our model.
read … Hawaii residents react to Pres. Obama's gun proposals