Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions
Today, the President is announcing that he and the Administration will:
1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.
2. 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.
3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.
4. 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.
5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.
6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.
7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.
10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make it widely available to law enforcement.
11. Nominate an ATF director.
12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.
15. 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.
16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.
17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.
18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.
19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.
20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.
21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.
22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.
23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
LOVES PARK (WIFR) -- Guns continue to fly off the shelves as they had been for weeks at Stateline stores in the wake of the President's executive actions. Kap Guns owner Kenny Polhamus says he’s never seen the shelves at his Loves Park shop so empty, or gun prices so high.
“A 28 hundred dollar gun I sell in here, I can’t even get ‘em in here anymore but if you go on gun broker or something they're selling for upwards of seven thousand dollars," says Polhamus.
Polhamus says since the November election, more customers have been buying up his stock of rifles and hand guns. He's not sure how his business will fare now that the president has asked Congress to ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines with more than 10 rounds.
"If I can’t get any product, how can I sell anything? People say, ‘you gotta be happy, this has gotta be good for you!’ It is this month, but people stop coming once there's nothing in here," says Polhamus.
That proposed ban has left a few customers scratching their heads. "It's so broad, how to we start, where do we stop? What do you do with the past 10 to15 years of people who’ve already bought this stuff? You’re going to limit the future but what do you do about the past?” asks
Political experts also seem to wonder about the impact of president Obama’s executive actions.
"No one doubts the president's ability to do this. The only question is whether or not it will be funded, be implemented, and frankly, future presidents can overturn or rescind previous executive orders,” says political science professor P.S. Ruckman.
While lawmakers in Washington figure out how to enact these executive orders, In Loves Park, Polhamus is left figuring out how to fill his customer's orders.
"I’ll get five or six guns and they’re gone in a matter of hours," says Polhamus.
The details on an assault weapons ban are still very vague at this point, but Polhamus is worried the restrictions could wipe out his entire stock.