Obama Bypasses Congress with Executive Actions on Gun Background Checks

Awr Hawkins
Big Government
3 Jan 2014

On January 3rd the Obama administration announced two new executive actions concerning background checks on firearm purchasers.

These come just over four months after Obama last used executive actions to bypass Congress and just weeks after Vice President Joe Biden said the White House was shifting its focus away from gun control.

According to Fox News, Biden now says the administration is issuing two executive actions to broaden access to mental health records during background checks.

One of the actions allows states to provide mental health information heretofore off-limits due to HIPAA privacy laws. The second action broadens the criteria for the label “committed to a mental institution,” so that those who are “involuntarily committed” to an institution for outpatient care are viewed the same as those who are “involuntarily committed” for inpatient care.

When announcing the executive actions, Obama and Biden renewed their call for Congress to pass “common-sense gun safety legislation.”

The administration points to the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary as justification for the new executive actions as well as for its calls for more gun control. It should be noted that these new actions would not have stopped Adam Lanza from carrying out his crime because he did not buy his guns.

He stole them.



Related:   White House announces new executive actions on background checks for guns

…“We are taking an important, commonsense step to clarify the federal firearms regulations, which will strengthen our ability to keep dangerous weapons out of the wrong hands,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement. “This step will provide clear guidance on who is prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law for reasons related to mental health…



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Read more about Chief James Craig at HotAir.com

James Craig just took over the office of police chief last summer, but he’s already making waves in Detroit. A reorganization of the police force in the bankrupt metropolis has resulted in a higher clearance rate in murder cases, and the murder rate dropped almost 14% in 2013 from its two-decade high in 2012. However, Craig has some advice for his fellow citizens in Motor City if they really want a drop in crime…



Update:  Forbes previews embedded gun chips in hands as developer courts Obama  

“Is it Time to Put Chips in Guns?” semiconductor market industry analyst Jim Handy asks in a Tuesday report for Forbes. “There is an idea for a semiconductor application that has been kicked around for years, but has not yet found its market. It’s the notion of using RFID chips to prevent guns from being used by anyone except their owners.”…



Also, read more about these executive orders at The Blaze.

…Last year, the Democrat-controlled Senate rejected a proposal backed by Obama to expand background checks. The legislative push came in response to the December 2012 elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. A shooting occurred earlier that year at a movie theater in Colorado. In both of cases, and in others, the accused shooters have had mental health problems.


Update 2: Eric Holder to revise firearms purchase regulations in 2014


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