Obama Executive Actions on Guns: Any Progress or “Nothing Burgers”?


President Obama’s post-Newtown gun legislation has failed so far in Congress but what about his 23 executive actions? The Wall Street Journal says that many face hurdles. The Justice Department is soliciting applications from states and outside groups for grants aimed at spurring states to fill records gaps in the background check database. The Justice Department has required federal agencies to file reports aimed at improving their procedures for submitting records to the background-check database. Obama nominated acting director B. Todd Jones as permanent head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, but no hearing is scheduled, and Jones is being investigated for allegedly retaliating against a whistleblower as U.S. Attorney in Minnesota. The president included $10 million for research on gun violence in his budget, but it is up to Congress to allocate the money. The National Rifle Association hasn’t taken a position. Michael Hammond of Gun Owners of America says most of Obama’s executive proposals appear inconsequential: “Some of them basically don’t do anything [ ] Many of them are nothing-burgers.”

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