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USA: Obama to take executive action to tighten gun control02:10

USA: Obama to take executive action to tighten gun control

United States, Washington D.C
January 5, 2016 at 01:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

US President Barack Obama outlined his proposals for increased controls on the purchase of firearms during a press briefing at the White House, Washington, D.C., Tuesday.

With gun control legislation unlikely to pass a Republican-dominated Congress, the President said he and his team of experts had taken on the responsibility to devise ways in which to tighten US gun rules unilaterally. The issue of gun control gained urgency in the US following a series of multiple mass shootings in 2015 which generated a national outcry.

"What I asked my team to do is to see what more we could do to strengthen the enforcement and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands to make sure that criminals, people who are mentally unstable, those who could pose a danger to themselves or others are less likely to get a gun," said Obama.

The President did not detail the specifics of the measures, however they are expected to involve expanding increased use of background checks, and a redefinition of what it means to be a gun dealer.

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US President Barack Obama outlined his proposals for increased controls on the purchase of firearms during a press briefing at the White House, Washington, D.C., Tuesday.

With gun control legislation unlikely to pass a Republican-dominated Congress, the President said he and his team of experts had taken on the responsibility to devise ways in which to tighten US gun rules unilaterally. The issue of gun control gained urgency in the US following a series of multiple mass shootings in 2015 which generated a national outcry.

"What I asked my team to do is to see what more we could do to strengthen the enforcement and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands to make sure that criminals, people who are mentally unstable, those who could pose a danger to themselves or others are less likely to get a gun," said Obama.

The President did not detail the specifics of the measures, however they are expected to involve expanding increased use of background checks, and a redefinition of what it means to be a gun dealer.

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